Historic Places

Lyndhurst at Christmastime

Over the weekend, I visited Lyndhurst mansion to take the Christmas tour. Lyndhurst is a 19th-century Gothic Revival mansion in Tarrytown, New York. It was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892) and owned by three families, lastly that of railroad magnate Jay Gould (1836-1892). The house has all its original contents, including Tiffany stained glass windows and Gothic Revival furniture by Davis and by Herter Brothers.

Exhibitions

A Magical Day at the New York Historical Society’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Harry Potter: A History of Magic is an exhibition that originated at the British Library and has recently arrived at the New York Historical Society. The show puts the Harry Potter series in its historical context by showing how it follows and fits into historical beliefs about witchcraft. The exhibition includes lots of Harry Potter material, like original illustrations, alongside medieval, Renaissance, and later books and objects to do with magic.