Did you know that as many as 1,000 women fought in the American Civil War? You might not be able to tell if you took a look at a historical reenactment today. In celebration of Women’s History Month, meet Living Historians who recreate and share the underrepresented and contested contributions to war efforts by women who openly served in combat roles and women who disguised themselves as men to enlist, as well as individuals who may not have identified as one gender.
In honor of Women’s History Month, visit early 20th-century Harlem and chat with one of its leading residents—Madam C.J. Walker! Ask her questions and meet Living Historians portraying the African American women she trained at her Harlem brownstone to open their own salons. Take an up-close look at the hair products Walker sold, get hands-on with turn-of-the-century styling tools, and discover how Madam C.J. Walker became a millionaire.
Sat, 03/16/2019 - 12:00 to Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:00
Sat, March 16th, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sun, March 17th, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission
This Women’s History Month, join us to celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment—passed by Congress in 1919! Meet Living Historians portraying suffragists from the early 20th century who helped win the right to vote for women across the nation.
This weekend, visit early 20th-century Harlem and chat with its leading residents! In conjunction with Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, meet Living Historians portraying Madam C.J. Walker and the women she trained in her salon school. Learn about Walker’s life as a successful businesswoman selling hair products and creating hair styles (she became a millionaire from it!).
In conjunction with our exhibition Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, meet Living Historians who portray Harriet Tubman and other self-liberated people of African descent who, like those depicted by the Betye Saar, strongly defied racial oppression in the 19th century.
In 1892, Ida B. Wells spoke at an event in New York City organized by a committee of 250 women that successfully raised enough money to publish one of her most important works to combat racism: a pamphlet called Southern Horrors.
Arrive on time and ready to learn! In conjunction with our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, Living Historians portraying African American school teachers from the Reconstruction era welcome you to their ‘classroom’ all weekend long.