Reading Rooms & Libraries in 19th-Century NYC

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Join us as we recreate a tavern experience of reading a 19th-century newspaper by candlelight. With that understanding as the backdrop, follow Dr. Jill Lord as she traces the history of public spaces for reading. Taverns, booksellers, and members-only societal libraries were the norm until 1854 when the first public library in the United States, Astor Library, was established. Dr. Lord will also discuss what early 19th-century New Yorkers read, including newspapers, novels, almanacs, and “courtesy books,” which instructed readers on proper behavior. Tickets are $18 for Adults/$15 for Students. For reservations or additional information call 212-838-6878.