Hosted at the New York City Fire Museum
Friday, June 10, @6:30 PM
Join us for our annual celebration of ephemera and those who curate it! Collecting is a tool for preservation and education that is the core practice of all museums. In our dual role as Museum and Civic Organization, we invite everyday New Yorkers to join the discussion. We can’t wait to learn what, how, and why YOU collect!
All collectors will display their collections throughout the evening and briefly present a key object from their displays during our Lightning Round Show ‘N Tell! We’ll also enjoy talks from three guests speakers.
Unusual archives on display will include:
- 16mm archival cartoons by Tommy Stathes of Cartoons on Film
- Taxidermy/entomology by long-time Morbid Anatomy Museum volunteer Amber Maykut of Hoardaculture
- Vintage Manhattan maps and photos from Dan Lenchner
- Artifacts from THNK 1994 (Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Museum)
- Relics from the demolished Conmar Zipper company from Phil Buehler
- Pocket protectors from Inspector Collector, Harley Spiller, who’ll also be selling his book on artist-mutilated currency
- Chalkware Snow Whites from the Coney Island Boardwalk, from Marion Duckworth Smith of the historic Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead
- Social movements ephemera from Interference Archive
- Vintage greeting cards from LuLu LoLo
- Rare artifacts from other museums including BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Museum at Eldridge Street, Museum of Interesting Things, MoRUS
…and many more!
Stanley B. Burns, MD of The Burns Archive, an extensive photographic collection of the forgotten, unseen, and disquieting moments in history. Dr. Burns will discuss the process of compiling and curating his collection. Dr. Burns served as the Medical, Historical & Technical Advisor to the HBO/Cinemax series The Knick, and PBS’ Mercy Street. He has also consulted on hundreds of documentaries, films and television series. Dr. Burns has written 45 books on the history of photography and medicine. His photographs have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, ICP, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Morbid Anatomy Museum, among other places.
Austin Wright of the Museum of Democracy, the world’s largest collection of historical and political campaign memorabilia. He will present the Wright family collection of presidential campaign artifacts, and discuss the future of the museum.
Howard Warren, a retired science teacher from Trinity School in Manhattan. He will discuss the dismantling of Jim Crow through the integration of professional baseball. The stories of the trials and struggles of Jackie Robinson are well known through the works of Ken Burns, yet the many men who were “The Firsts” in their respective Major League cities are largely unknown.