Bird and Nature Walk: Wolfe’s Pond Park

Museum Day Live!

66th Annual Fence Show

Super Science Saturdays: Experimental Music with SI MakerSpace

Bird and Nature Walk: Clove Lakes Park

1st Saturday Family Art Workshop

Bird and Nature Walk: Conference House Park

Member Appreciation Day

Summer Nights: Joey G Presents | The Time of Your Life

Super Science Saturday: Marine Biology

Summer Nights: Word Art 101

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

Threading My Prayer Rug | A Book Signing with Author Sabeeha Rehman

Summer Nights: Game On!

1st Saturday Family Workshop

Summer Nights: Sensory Cinema

At Snug Harbor

At Snug Harbor

Auditorium

Medium to large meetings, lectures and concerts
Baby grand piano installed
Ground Level
ADA Accessible

Arrangement Options and Capacity

100 person capacity, lecture style seating (rows)
75 person capacity, seated at tables
151 person capacity, standing room

Barker Welfare Foundation Classroom

Small meetings and workshops
Exposed Brick
Smart Board Equipped 

Arrangement Options and Capacity

35 person capacity, lecture style seating (rows)
30 person capacity, seated at tables
50 person capacity, standing room

Galleries and exterior spaces can be added to rentals.

Onsite parking is available

Summer Nights: Summer Blues | Printmaking

RUFFED | Drawings by Patrizia Vignola

Staten Island Yankee Game!

Staten Island Yankee Game!

I <3 Staten Island Day with the Staten Island Yankees

Sunday, July 31, 4:00pm

Richmond County Ballpark, 75 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301

Tickets are $18.00 each (Call 718.727.1135)

Do you love Staten Island? Prove it!

Purchase your tickets through the Staten Island Museum and part of the proceeds go to support the Museum and local culture.If the feel-good vibes aren’t enough, you also get perks: the first 1,000 people to enter the game get a free I <3 SI t-shirt and all ticket holders receive ½ price admission to the Staten Island Museum on the day of the game. 

To further prove our love for all things St. George and Staten Island, the Staten Island Museum will be offering ½ price admission to the Museum for Staten Island Yankee ticket holders at home games all season long. Just bring your ticket stub to the front desk of the Staten Island Museum in St. George at 75 Stuyvesant Place (one block up Wall Street from the ballpark) and you’re in.

To support the Staten Island Museum by purchasing tickets to I<3 SI Day with the Staten Island Yankees, call the Museum at 718.727.1135 and select your seats today!

Box office hours are Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm, Saturdays 10am – 5pm, and Sundays 12pm – 5pm.

Moth Night: Snug as a Bug

Summer Nights: Kind of a Big Dill

Super Science Saturday: Bottle Rockets

Fantastique! Wine Tasting

Moth Night: Snug as a Bug

Moth Night: Snug as a Bug

All ages and interest are welcome to join in celebrating these majestic winged creatures. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for kids under 12. Experience the “wall of moths” with attractor creator Mike Shanley, take a night hike with a Museum nature guide, view and learn about amazing local and exotic moths, enjoy performances by Melissa West and Erik Danielson of The Wild Hive Collective, and check out moth inspired eco art with the Staten Island Greenbelt’s Gabriela Padewska.

Register

Walk-ins welcome.

8:30pm – Moth fun begins
8:45pm – Nighttime Nature Walk
10:00pm – Bad Woods an Outdoor Dance Performance
10:30pm – Goodnight!

The family fun begins at 8:30pm with moths, glow in the dark chalk art, popsicles, and more!

What can be a tenth of an inch small or grow up to a whopping eighteen inches large? The mighty moth! Did you know that moths can also be a variety of vivid hues from green to orange to purple and back again and they can even be fuzzy!?

“To me moths bring to mind languid summer nights, shoeless adventures, the heady scent of honeysuckle wafting through window screens. On International Moth Night the Museum and our friends strive to combine a love of summer, boldness of dance, and discovery of the natural world…things we might miss were we to stay inside and watch TV,” said Diane Matyas, VP of Exhibitions and Programs.

Don’t forget your flashlight, camera, container, and science notebook. To learn more about National Moth Week visit www.nationalmothweek.org.

Some parting thoughts from our friends at National Moth Week:
Why do you guys care about moths of all things? Why should I care?
Moths can be important bioindicators. A bioindicator is a species or taxon that tells us about the health of an ecosystem. A greater diversity of moths typically means there is a greater diversity of plant species, which leads to a greater diversity of other species as well.  They can help us monitor food plant populations and they are important food sources for many nocturnal AND diurnal organisms. Also, moths typically have a reputation of being drab, dull pests. However, that is certainly not the case. An extreme minority of moth species can cause trouble to humans, but most moths either have no impact on our lives or may serve important ecosystem functions such as pollination. Many moths are actually very interestingly patterned and colored. Moths are a world of sphinxes, hawks, owls, tigers, and scary eyes, all waiting for you outside your door, or perhaps in your home.

Summer Nights: Silent Movie/Live Soundtrack

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

Social Media & Social Good: An Afternoon with Sree Sreenivasan

Summer Nights: The Art of Cocktails

1st Saturday Family Workshop

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History Tour: Farm to City

Super Science Saturday: Chemical and Physical Reactions

Exhibit Tour: HOME GAMES

History Tour: Farm to City

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Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas at NYBG

Bird and Nature Walk: Mount Loretto Unique Area

Painter’s Panel: On the Spot or Not?

Summer Nights

Summer Nights

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A
Staten Island, NY 10301

Summer Nights is a series of events for the culturally minded who like to have fun. From crafting your own history-inspired cocktails to celebrating Joey G (renowned videographer and local cable celebrity), to DIY workshops and a screening of Staten Island Summer complete with sensory snacks, we have your Thursday night planned.

Your ticket includes admission to the Museum, which is open until the event begins at 7:30pm. Come early to explore!

  • July 7: The Art of Cocktails

    $25/$20 Members, (21+)
    Craft your own cocktails while exploring Staten Island’s prohibition history. One of Staten Island’s favorite bartenders, Kevin Devlin, will whet your whistle with bespoke concoctions while teaching you how to make your own. All supplies provided. 

    SOLD OUT

  • July 14: Silent Movie/Live Soundtrack 

    $15/$10 Members, includes 2 drink tickets (21+)
    Local bands Captain Ahab and the Sea Crackens and The Seconds provide the score for vintage CTV footage and Staten Island made film, Rising Up: The Story of the Zombie Right’s Movement.

     

  • July 21: Kind of a Big Dill 

    $25/$20 Members, includes 2 drink tickets (21+)
    Jar and pickle your own vegetables, make fresh sauerkraut, and preserve the taste of summer. The spotlight is on local produce as we employ a quick pickling method to send everyone home with two jars of their own. Learn about Staten Island’s agricultural history. All supplies provided.

    SOLD OUT

 

  • July 28: Print Making Summer Blues 

    $25/$20 Members, includes 2 drink tickets (21+)
    Hands-on workshop to make cyanotypes: blue-toned prints common during the early days of photography. Take home your own interpretation of Staten Island history.

    SOLD OUT

  • August 4: Sensory Cinema 

    $25/$20 Members, includes 2 drink tickets (21+)
    Watch instant classic “Staten Island Summer” as aroma, texture, and taste elevate your viewing experience. Enjoy your own tray of mystery boxes containing bite-sized portions from a tasting menu tailored to palpable moment in the film.

    SOLD OUT

  • August 11: Game On!

    $15/$10 Members, includes 2 drink tickets (21+)/Kids under 12 FREE
    *Family Friendly*
    Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful grounds of Snug Harbor while we turn back the clocks with some of the most popular (and zany) outdoor games from the past and around the world. Grab a beer, choose a captain, declare you’re “not it!” and have a blast. Families welcome.

  • August 18: Word Art 101 

    $25/$20 Members, includes 2 drink tickets (21+)
    An introductory workshop to freehand lettering. Participants will hone their drawing skills as they take a basic type font from concept to completion in cursive and/or traditional style. A short lesson on the history of tattooing and hand-lettering will open the workshop. All supplies provided.

  • August 25: Joey G Presents The Time of Your Life

    $25/$20 Members, includes 2 drink tickets (21+)
    Dust off that formal wear, grab your dancing shoes, and invite your friends to salute the videographer who captured Staten Island’s treasured moments for over twenty-five years. Share your first dance (again), toss the bouquet, and dedicate your 15th candle to your new best friend. Pass the mic around the table and reminisce as selections from the archives of Joey G Presents are screened while we party the night away.

 

 

Educator Professional Learning

Bird and Nature Walk: Buck’s Hollow

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

Free Teacher Summer Pass

Free Teacher Summer Pass

The Museum is offering all teachers, principals, assistant principals, and parent coordinators free admission to the Museum every weekday from June 15 – September 15.

Eligible educators can register for free online below or in person at either location (St. George or Snug Harbor).

When visiting the Museum throughout the summer, just bring school ID, paystub, or school letterhead to enjoy the Museum’s current exhibitions free of charge.

The pass is valid only for the registered educator and cannot be transferred.

 

Register here

 

Past Events - Professional Learning

Past Events - Professional Learning

Professional Learnings

Our professional learning workshops for teachers and administrators provide a forum to engage in interdisciplinary learning; practice pedagogical approaches; and an opportunity to learn about museum-based school programs and curricula.  

Past Events

Thursday, May 19, 2016
For School Administrators
Bringing the World Home: Art and Local History
In Collaboration with the Center for Arts Education
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301, Building A
12:30PM -4:00PM

CAE, in collaboration with the Staten Island Museum, present an interdisciplinary approach to enrich your art, science and history curricula through object-based analysis and skills to deconstruct paintings and historical documents. Tour the Museum with the Curator of Art, engage in a hands-on art-making workshop and receive resource materials to take back to your school.  

Super Science Saturdays: Exciting Ecosystem

Bird and Nature Walk: Mt. Loretto

Water Ways | Staten Island Museum Spring Gala

Bird and Nature Walk: Blue Heron Park

NatureFest 2016

Five Boros Music Festival presents: The Colonials

Jane’s Walk: St. George

Bird and Nature Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Home Games

Home Games

  • Remember the Mastodon

    HOME GAMES
    A sports history exhibition in collaboration with the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame

    HOME GAMES follows the changing role of sports as reflected in the lives of Islanders like Gloria Elliott of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; local sports hero Bobby Thomson, who hit the most celebrated home run in baseball history - then rode the Staten Island Ferry home; and Super Bowl champion Joe Andruzzi, who became a symbol of resilience after one of his firefighter brothers narrowly survived the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center - and again when he emerged as one of the heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing.

    This exhibition includes:

    • Baseball featuring Bobby Thompson and Hank Majeski, Matty McIntyre, Sonny Logan and Glen Mosley of the New York Black Yankees, Gloria Elliott, and the 1964 Mid-Island Little League world champions.
    • Football presenting the NFL Stapes in Thompson’s stadium, college stars Bill Shakespeare and the NYU team (including Sal Somma and Andy Barberi) that stopped the Seven Blocks of Granite, high school rivalries and modern stars such as Joe Andruzzi, Steve Gregory, and Adewale Ongunleye.
    • Trailblazers highlighting Mary Outerbridge, who brought the game of tennis to the U.S.; Nick Fotiu’s determination leading to a NHL career; Marilyn King and Robert Pipkin’s Olympic aspirations; and the rise of women athletes like Nicky Anosike, Jen Derevjanik, and Sheila Tighe.

    (Free with Museum Admission)

    Made possible with funding from the Richmond County Savings Foundation.

    Thumbnail image: Gloria Cordes Elliott played five seasons in the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League in the early 1950s.

    Read the full press release here.

    Location: Staten Island Museum in St. George, 75 Stuyvesant Place, SI, NY 10301

 

Home Games Opening

Spring Break | Arbor Day Nature Trek

Spring Break | Life’s A Beach

Spring Break | Come Fly with Me

Spring Break | Animal Homes

Spring Break | Animal Detectives

Bird and Nature Walk: Wolfe’s Pond Park

Poetry Afternoon: Mothers and Daughters

Spring Bird and Wildflower Walk

Super Science Saturdays: Gross Gravity

Artist Panel and Screening: Island Landscapes through New Film

Bird and Nature Walk: Conference House Park

Super Science Saturdays: Measuring Weather

SI3D

SI3D

 

About SI3D

Having lived on Lighthouse Hill in Staten Island for many years while growing up, I was eager to return with my wife, as filmmakers, to capture a city symphony of historically important vistas - in 3D! After traversing the terrain, we became aware that this island should have been preserved as a park, not transformed into a parking lot. What could have mirrored Cape Cod as a “get-away” from Manhattan, instead became a “give-away” for haphazard development.  And yet, despite the abuse and misuse - the Moses-imposed highways and towering mounds of garbage piled as high as the Statue of Liberty - Staten Island, resilient, remains a gem, with its richness of history, still majestic mountainous landscape, architectural treasures, cultural and religious enclaves, cinematic coastline, marshes and, of course, its people.

- Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno

About the New Work Trilogy

Staten Island in 3D is the culmination of a trilogy by award winning filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno. Inspired by the classic avant-garde short Manhatta (1921), the New Work trilogy began with Newark in 3D commissioned by the Newark Museum in 2009 and The Brooklyn Waterfront in 3D presented at the Museum of the City of New York, with support from the New York Council for the Humanities, in December of 2010. 

Newark in 3D was on view at Newark Liberty International Airport from November 2013 to September 2014.  It was the first art film ever installed at the Airport (link to NY Times). It is currently enjoying an extended run at the Newark Museum through December 31, 2016.

Learn more about New Work and Bongiorno Productions.

2D image                                                          3D image (use anaglyph glasses to view)

St. George Terminal, Staten Island Ferry, Staten Island
Images copyright and courtesy of the artists, Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno.

ARTIST TALK: Nancy Bonior, Peter Van Dyck, and Andy Lenaghan

Bird and Nature Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Bird and Nature Walk: South Beach/Fort Wadsworth

Fence Show 2016

Fence Show 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016
11:00AM - 5:00PM

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Rain date: Sunday, September 18, 2016

For the 66th year, the Staten Island Museum is keeping their bucolic tradition alive and for the first time, has a Museum on the grounds to explore beyond the fences. Thousands will gather to see the conventional, the abstract, and the extraordinary on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens with the newly restored Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor as a backdrop.

Free to the public.

For the past three years, we have been treated to the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble’s Open-Air Music Festival and again this year you're invited to enjoy the original music during the show.

Artist spaces range from $45-$75.

Register

 

NatureFest 2016

NatureFest 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

11:00am - 4:00pm

FREE, Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301

This free, family-friendly event is a fun filled afternoon that boasts a slew of activities to keep kids occupied and engaged while learning about and most importantly, interacting with, nature! Practice your maniacal laugh and physics skills at the Mad Scientist Experiment Table, explore the woods and search for your favorite fuzzy friends in our Nature Scavenger Hunt, or if you’d prefer a guide on your adventure, join our Guided Nature Walks, get a seriously hands on experience with our Up Close with Staten Island Nature Table where you can touch and feel animal fur, bones, fossils and more.

For more information contact the Staten Island Museum at 718.727.1135

HISTORY TALK: Revolutionary Staten Island

Book Talk and Signing: The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter with Kia Corthron

Shared Museum Member Weekend

Super Science Saturdays: Be a Scientist

Winter Break Gallery Tour: Return of the Mastodon

Winter Break Gallery Tour: Staten Island SEEN

Family Friendly Bird and Nature Walk: Mount Loretto Unique Area

Winter Break Gallery Tour: Opening the Treasure Box

ARTIST TALK: Sarah Yuster’s Native Soil

SCIENCE TALK: Freshkills Restoration of a Habitat

Debut Book Talk & Signing: A Walk Through Moravian Cemetery By Richard Simpson

Bird and Nature Walk: Wolfe’s Pond Park/Lemon Creek

Bird and Nature Walk: Conference House Park

Super Science Saturday: Water, Water, Everywhere

ART TOUR: A New Year of Staten Island SEEN

Spring Gala 2016

Spring Gala 2016


2016  •  S P R I N G  G A L A

WATER WAYS

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016 • 6:30pm

HONORING
Ingrid Michaelson
Deputy Borough President, Edward Burke
Northfield Bank Foundation

STATEN ISLAND MUSEUM AT SNUG HARBOR
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
$225/ $200 for Founding Members

$1,975 Table of 10/ $1,750 Founding Member Table of 10

Cocktails, dinner, live music, and dancing.

Online ticket sales have closed. If you still need a ticket, please leave a voicemail for Samantha Floyd at 718.483.7137.

CO-CHAIRED BY
Dr. Bonnie Fritz
Janice Giacalone-Stoffers
Gustavo Galvan

Event Location:

Image above: Candles (Bayonne Bridge at Night) • Bill Higgins, American, b. 1948
B&W photographic print, 16 x 20 inches, ca. 1980
Museum purchase • A1988.5.1 • Photo credit: Vinnie Amessé

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

Bird and Nature Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Ice-Age Diorama Workshop

$9.99 with Dave Evans

Christmas Bird Count

Super Science Saturdays: Magnetism

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

Kaleidoscopic Porcelain

Kaleidoscopic Porcelain

Kaleidoscopic Porcelain from the Edith & Alfred Susskind Porcelain Collection

Kaleidoscopic Porcelain from the Edith & Alfred Susskind Porcelain Collection is a cornucopia of delightfully patterned porcelain plates and cups that recalls a woman who loved life and made it her business to add panache to everything she did. Portions of the recent gift of the Alfred & Edith Susskind Porcelain Collection will be on exhibition in tandem with the Betty Bressi Retrospective exhibition.

Also on view will be “Affinities,” works from the Museum Collection that relate to Ms. Bressi’s art, including creations by Charles Hinman, Milton Glaser, Utagawa Hiroshige, Victor Vasarely, William Blake, Arthur Wesley Dow, a Tlingit Basket, and others, assembled by the Museum’s Curator of Art, Robert Bunkin.

About Edith and Alfred Susskind

Native Staten Islander Edith Susskind was known to most as a gift specialist, boa-wearing business woman, and benefactor for education and culture, but she was also an avid collector of decorative arts. In 1943 Alfred and Edith married and shared their lives and love of early porcelain and fine antiques until his death in 1996. Mr. Susskind’s wedding-anniversary gift to his bride was her original retail shop on Elizabeth Street, around the corner from her famed Forest Avenue location.

Mrs. Susskind was a 1987 Advance Woman of Achievement winner and a Soroptimist International Woman of Distinction. She was presented with the Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Award and was inducted into the Curtis High School Alumni Hall of Fame.  She was also named a Woman of Valor by the UJA Federation.

Mrs. Susskind taught marketing and retailing courses, as well as a course on antiques at the College of Staten Island. She sponsored scholarship community service awards each year at PS 45, West Brighton, her alma mater, and at PS 52, Dongan Hills.

The Civil War Pinhole Project

The Civil War Pinhole Project

The Civil War Pinhole Project - Photographs by Michael Falco
April 25, 2015 - April 15, 2016

Falco’s commitment to American stories and passion for Civil War history led him on a four-year battlefield to battlefield journey along the anniversary tracks of the American Civil War- 150 years later. The project, which began in 2011, has been recognized by the Library of Congress and accepted into the National Archive.

Falco is, admittedly, a Yankee from Staten Island, but his boyhood fascination with the Civil War and his skill as a creative photographer have come together to capture  a unique view of the past. This project connects historic landscapes, the large format pinhole camera process, and the descendants who painstakingly commemorate the battles of their ancestors. The issues of time, place, war, and perhaps the largest and most elaborate generational “performance art” activities in the country are captured on the historic Civil War Battlefields.  Following the timeline of the “War Between the States” the images culminate in a grand poetic commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.


“It’s been an arduous and exhilarating trek across landscapes that remain, preserved by virtue of their terrible history, very much as they were 150 years ago—oases now from modernity, pristine and scarred as the great war left them, hallowed and haunting. The past is present on these battlefields,” Falco explains.

The loss of life and destruction during the Civil War was marked by these battles, generally near small towns with abundant fields. In Falco’s four-year travels he traversed the hallowed grounds of Shiloh in Tennessee, Antietum in Maryland, Vicksburg in Mississippi, Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, and Manassa, Chancellorsville and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The blood spilled on these battlefields into the grass, knolls, and creeks sets them apart from modern development of the last century and a half.

What began as a strictly landscape project evolved once Falco had the chance to meet and photograph some of the reenactors, many of whom were walking in the footsteps of their great, great grandfathers’, both Union and Confederate.  Some even sporting original family uniforms.

“Their uniforms brought a cohesion to the image …rendering them as ‘every soldier.’  This image also introduced period characters into the 19th century landscape I was marveling at…Standing on the sidelines with the pinhole cameras watching and photographing thousands of reenactors as they participated in this event was a revelation,” said Falco.  “Seeing the war from the ‘soldier’s perspective’ began to fascinate me.”

Leaning as he went, Falco eventually opted to don the period garb.

Time through a Pinhole

Falco’s choice to shoot each image with a pinhole camera is significant. His set of seven wooden boxes, in various sizes and f-stops, were mostly designed by his brother Henry. Compared to modern cameras the pin-hole variety is a non-machine without a lens, viewfinder, or mechanics. Primitive even at the time of the Civil War, the pin-hole camera requires a tripod to achieve sharp focus, patience and a careful composing, and a little bit of luck.

There is no photoshopping or retouching. Disposed towards modesty, Falco shares, “I use my instincts and pray.” What the artist senses, the pinhole sees. The camera’s tiny, fixed aperture creates a soft, infinite focal plane—a canvas where details are obscured. The minuscule amount of light entering the camera requires a long exposure time that pushes the images into the ambiguous terrain between landscape and dreamscape. And so too, Falco’s research into the Civil War soldiers’ journals and memoirs describe the battlefields as dreamlike, and that is how they appear through the eye of the pinhole camera.

About Michael Falco

Michael Falco is a freelance photographer who has worked for a number of publications including, the National Geographic, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and W Magazines.

His first book, “Along Martin Luther King Travels on Black America’s Main Street”, published by Random House in 2003, is a collection of photographs spanning two years documenting life along streets named after Dr. Martin Luther Kind in America.

The Museum of Modern Art purchased one of his panoramic images of the Fresh Kills Landfill for its exhibit, “Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape” 2005.

Selected by the New York City Art Commission he installed a 10 x 28 foot glass mural for the newly renovated Staten Island Ferry Terminal in September 2007.

In 2009, published, “Caddell Dry Dock: 100 Years Harborside”, museum press, a chronicle of one of the last remaining ship repair yards in New York Harbor. An exhibit of the same name was mounted at the Noble Maritime Collection. His photographs are also in the collection of the Staten Island Museum, where his work was integral to the 2007 exhibition, “This Was Our Paradise, Spanish Camp: 1929 – Today”.

Visit FalcoPhoto.com for more.

From Farm to City

From Farm to City

From Farm to City: A Richmond County Savings Foundation Legacy Exhibition

NOTE: In 2012 From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012 was created by the Museum of the City of New York. That exhibition focused on land use – Farmland/Suburb/Retreat/City. The Staten Island Museum’s new legacy version focuses on the people and themes that define the Island’s history and contributions to the nation, using primary sources.

From Farm to City offer a glimpse into Staten Island’s unique history, its people, and the themes that resonate as collective truths on this island using images and historic documents, audio interviews, and digital collections. Staten Island history is rife with surprising facts, unusual characters, and deep-seated American paradoxes, and this exhibition strives to reunite Islanders with their past and share the evolving story of New York City’s “Borough of Parks” with visitors. From Farm to City is also a taste of what you can find in the Museum’s archive and other historical collections.

The Museum’s history and exhibition team, graphic designer Tina Sher, and audio producer David Tarnow developed a dramatic collage that will present the rich history of an often “forgotten” borough. Audio stops will feature community members and historians, and iPads will allow deeper study of documents from various archives. Video newsreels, compiled by the Museum of the City of New York, make 20th century Staten Island come alive as well.

The exhibition will illustrate the Island’s past from the first native inhabitants until the creation of Freshkills Park. Stories will include: Lenape Indian summer encampments, Revolutionary War raids, Civil War draft riots, and peaceful retreats for philosophers, wealthy city folks, and hard-working immigrants. Aging sailors, orphans, and the poor found refuge on Staten Island. African Americans founded a historic free community, and 19thcentury entrepreneurs created bustling factory towns. It will also explore moments of national significance, including the discovery of the cure for tuberculosis and the first tennis tournament in the United States.

By the mid 20thcentury, when Staten Island became the site of world’s longest suspension bridge and its largest landfill, much of its history was overlooked or forgotten. Those who delve into the exhibit will find undiscovered stories to collect, compare, and consider.