HarborSides for March & April 2011

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Date: March 7, 2011
Contact: Mindi Rambo, 212-668-2208

Celebrate Women's History Month with special series at Federal Hall

Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall Street, Manhattan Wednesdays in March, 10:30 a.m.

The National Park Service (NPS) will hold a special month-long program focusing on the women of America, one era at a time, at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday in March at Federal Hall National Memorial. This free Women's History Month series will delve into the roles of women, including jobs and social position, through costumed interpretation by NPS Ranger Vivian Davis.

  • March 2: Camp follower of the American Revolution.                            
  • March 9: Upper class women in New York during the American Revolution.
  • March 16: Professional women during the American Civil War.            
  • March 23: Privileged women of the 1870s-1880s.
  • March 30: Women on the home front and in the American Red Cross Clubmobile during World War II.

To schedule an interview with Davis about the program and costumed interpretation, please contact Mindi Rambo at 212-668-2208 or e-mail us


Meet Julia Dent Grant: A Formidable First Lady

General Grant National Memorial, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan
March 15, 11 a.m.

Julia Dent Grant's life was anything but typical. Born on a plantation, she received the finest education afforded to young girls at that time. Skilled in sewing, French, music, singing, and other arts appropriate for ladies of the era, Julia's choice of husband, Ulysses Grant, opened a world of travel, adventure, and paths that led to the White House and recognition from the world stage.

In her first person program at 11 a.m. March 15 at General Grant National Memorial (commonly known as Grant's Tomb), living historian Connie Clowers portrays Julia Dent Grant, relating her early life on the plantation, through her courtship with Grant to the White House years to her participation in the Suffrage movement.


Looking Ahead: April

"Forgotten Gateway" exhibition to open April 2

Ellis Island
April 2 – September 5, 2011

"Forgotten Gateway" explores some of the most dramatic stories of migration to America through the little-known gateway of Galveston Island, a place known in the 19th Century as "The Ellis Island of the West." The stories in "Forgotten Gateway" present personal narratives about the challenges of migration and reveal patterns of historical migration parallel those of contemporary immigration. While most migrants today no longer come to America by ship, their stories reflect many of the same patterns and challenges of leaving home, enduring hardships, getting by, confronting discrimination, navigating bureaucracy, finding support and making a new start in a new land. It is through the historic lens of this forgotten immigration gateway that this exhibit hopes to engage contemporary audiences – including recent immigrants to the United States – in a dialogue of the larger migration story in America.

The exhibit features a mix of historical voices, approximately 200 artifacts, multimedia presentations and interactive activities. "Forgotten Gateway" is organized by the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. For more information, please contact Jane Ahern at (212) 363-3206 Ext. 106 or email e-mail us .

Experience Your National Parks: National Park Week

African Burial Ground National Monument, Castle Clinton National Monument, Federal Hall National Memorial, Gateway National Recreation Area, General Grant National Memorial, Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
April 16-24, 2011

Activities at each park will highlight the history of the National Park Service and opportunities to experience the national parks located in New York City metropolitan area.

Celebrate the birthday of America's most renowned Civil War general

General Grant National Memorial, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan
April 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

On April 27, The National Park Service will commemorate the 188th anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant. Traditionally, the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy presents a wreath on behalf of the President of the United States of America. Planned festivities include a program with costumed re-enactors, fife and drum music as well as speeches by local officials and members of the Grant family.


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