January/February 2009 Harbor Sides is a bimonthly compilation of park happenings and story ideas from the National Parks of New York Harbor. A new edition will be posted the first full week of May, July, September, November, January and March at http://www.nps.gov/npnh/parknews/index.htm. Just click on Harbor Sides to access the list. You will also be able to peruse past issues of Harbor Sides there.
For more information about individual stories, contact Mindi Rambo at (212) 668-2208 unless otherwise indicated.
Celebrating the American Presidency
(Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street)
Federal Hall National Memorial rests on the site of the first U.S. capitol building, where George Washington was inaugurated as America’s first President. To celebrate its presidential legacy, Federal Hall is featuring a series of events and exhibitions in January and February.
Inauguration Day: On Jan. 20, help usher in a new presidency by watching the inaugural events in D.C. on two big screen TVs, visiting with presidential re-enactors, and witnessing the ceremonial ringing of the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) from the steps of Federal Hall at 9:30 a.m. by representatives of the National Park Service, NYSE and the Alliance for Downtown New York.
“The American President,” an exhibit of compelling news photos from the Associated Press, will be on view through January 31. The display of nearly 80 photographs shows American presidents at war and at ease, in victory and in defeat, confronting national crises and facing personal scandals, running for office and leading the country on the world stage.
Abraham Lincoln in New York:In honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth (Feb. 12, 1809), documents, images and memorabilia from his 1860 and 1864 campaigns will be on display as part of a special exhibition at Federal Hall from Feb. 9 through
Birthday Boy: George Washington is turning 267 years old and the National Park Service and the National Archives and Record Administration are throwing “George Washington’s Birthday Celebration” on Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Paul’s and the Presidents
(St. Paul’s Church, 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon)
Please join the National Park Service for the opening of a new exhibition, “St. Paul’s and the Presidents,” from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. The exhibit explores the interesting and varied connections of five Presidents – Washington, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Lincoln and F.D.R. – to St. Paul’s from the 1700s through the 1900s. Presidents Washington, Lincoln and F.D.R. are also scheduled to be on hand, plus demonstrations in recognition of February as African American History Month – special activities for children.
(Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum)
This special exhibition commemorates the life and achievements of Bob Hope, who came through Ellis Island as a child. Learn about this immigrant turned American success story through photos, video and his own words. The exhibition is located in the 3rd Floor Galleries. On display through April 12.
Black History Month
(African Burial Ground National Monument, Ted Weiss Federal Building, 290 Broadway. Manhattan; Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall Street, Manhattan; St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon; and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, 28 East 20th Street, Manhattan.)
African Burial Ground: Celebrate Black History Month with programs and workshops including drumming, making memory books, storytelling, puppet making, archeology, and a spoken word, among others. The workshops and programs are scheduled from
Feb. 17 to Feb. 20 and run from 10:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. Normally closed on weekends, the African Burial Ground will host an Open House on Feb. 21. The Memorial will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be programs during the day. All events are free, however, space is limited and reservations are required.
St. Paul’s Church: In commemoration of February as Black History Month, a reading/ discussion of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” will take place at 2 p.m.,
Feb. 2 to mark the 50th anniversary of that landmark play. This special reading is being presented in co-operation with the National Council of Teachers of English, African American Read-In Chain.
Federal Hall: On Feb. 27, join National Park Service Rangers, costumed re-enactors, and the National Archives and Record Administration when they celebrate “African Americans in 18th-Century New York City” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace: Join the National Park Service at 10 a.m. on Feb.27, for a special presentation featuring a re-enactor portraying a soldier from the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a regiment that fought in the American Civil War. The 54th Massachusetts was one of the first official black units in the United States armed forces.