Westchester, the American Suburb
at the Hudson River Museum
Exhibition and Family Weekend Programs Tell the History of Home
How, Why and When the Suburbs Grew
How, why and when the suburbs grew is the topic of the Hudson River Museum exhibition — Westchester , The American Suburb — on view from January 28 through May 28, 2006. Organized by the museum, this exhibition, three years in the making, was made possible, in part, through the support of the Office of the Westchester County Executive, the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Photography, Paintings and a Model Kitchen
Westchester: The American Suburb shows the links between the family and their home’s architecture and landscape, and asks: What forces brought these homes to us? What will happen to the American Dream in the years ahead? The exhibition’s photography, paintings, memorabilia and model kitchen give a detailed look at Westchester County’s social culture, and organizes the story of Westchester’s growth around themes relevant to all American suburbs — house styles; portraits of families living in their houses, families as consumers shopping for their houses; the suburban house hubs — the kitchen, the porch and the patio; the first transportation grids that made Westchester a home destination for those working in the cities.
A Home in the Suburbs
The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers , the oldest and largest museum in Westchester, also contains a prime example of an early Westchester suburban home — Glenview , now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Glenview was built, in 1896, for a New York City family wanting more space in their home, fresh country air and outdoor recreation. Now this restored home hosts many visitors throughout the year and will be the inspiration, this spring, for public programs and weekend programs especially for families that explore life in the ‘burbs.
Westchester: The American Suburb Opening Celebration
Sunday, February 12 • 12noon – 5pm • Family Day!
Music, games and family craft projects – all about the ‘burbs! With toe-tapping rhythms and entertaining lyrics, Too Human sings ditties and duos for suburbanites
Find hidden secrets and surprises all through the Suburbs exhibition and Glenview Mansion, with the help of Hudson River Museum Junior Docents
Make it and Race it!
Build and decorate your own Pinewood Derby car, then race it down the official 40 foot Pinewood Derby track
Roadster workshops: 12:30 – 1:30 and 2:30 – 3:30
Derby Races: 1:45 – 2:30 and 3:45 – 4:30
Appliances to Go
Build your own mini ice box, toaster or TV, choosing from different historic periods
Jump Rope Jammin’
Join our Junior Docents to learn jump rope rhythms and rhymes, and take home a color-in booklet of jump rope games and songs
Weekend Family Workshops February through May
Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 3pm. FREE with museum admission
4 & 5 — Pop-Up Neighborhood Puzzle a neighborhood together by plotting and planning and design it with found materials
11 & 12 — "My Apron" to Go Decorate an apprentice apron to go use in your kitchen or yard.
18 & 19 — Glow in the Dark Sky Legend Constellations Make up your own story of how constellations came to be and show its story and character through collage
25 & 26 — Postcards From the Edge of the Westchester Suburb Design a postcard of the museum, river landscape, or the collection to friends and family in the city or country
4 &5 — Fairy Tale Tiles Create a fairytale tile inspired by Glenview 's mantle and retell it with your own words and pictures
11 & 12 — Appliance Sculptures from the Boxes They Came In - Sculpt appliances from recycled cardboard in "retro" style, modern, or futuristic
18 & 19 — Pop-up Neighborhood
25 & 26 — “ My Apron” to Go
1 & 2 — Appliance Sculptures From the Boxes They Came In
8 & 9 — Postcards From the Edge of The Westchester Suburb
15 & 16 — Glow-in-the-Dark Sky Legend Constellations
22 & 23 — Pop-up Neighborhood
29 & 30 — "My Apron" to Go
6 & 7 — Appliance Sculptures From the Boxes They Came In
13 & 14 — Glow-in-the-Dark Sky Legend Constellations
20 & 21 — Pop-up Neighborhood
27 & 28 — "My Apron" to Go
The Hudson River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers NY. minutes from the Saw Mill River Parkway, exit 9, north or southbound.
Information and directions: 914.963.4550 and www.hrm.org.
Museum admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & older and children 5-16 $3. Fridays 5 to 8 pm to galleries and the planetarium free