Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has launched a new online programming initiative that includes videos, hands-on activities, special deals from the museum shop available for delivery, and new ways to participate and explore its exhibitions, archives, and collection.
These virtual experiences will be available on the museum’s website and shared through its social-media channels using the hashtag #MuseumsFromHome.
Since it started its pivot to online programming on March 23, HHS has been engaging with its audiences through daily posts in a variety of formats and topics
On Mondays, school programming coordinator Alyssa Bruno reads from one of the many children’s books in the museum shop.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are highlights from the HHS collections and archives — many pieces audiences are seeing for the first time.
Wednesdays showcase continued adult education with a series of readings from historical lectures, accounts on the fight for women’s suffrage, and more.
Fridays feature special programs from arts and interpretation manager Amber Neilson, including most recently a video of popular spooky stories from the site. And Saturdays HHS participates in #ShopUlsterSaturday, a county-wide small-business initiative offering deals from its online museum shop available for delivery.
The museum’s free Walking Tour App is available for download and allows visitors practicing social distancing throughout the 10-acre National Historic Landmark district to learn all about the history of Huguenot Street from their phones. HHS is encouraging visitors to use the app to participate in a new social-media campaign and share their best photos of the site with the hashtag #ViewFromHuguenot for a chance to win museum merchandise.
And even though HHS’s doors are currently closed to the public, that doesn’t mean the community can’t “visit” the museum’s archives online. Historic Huguenot Street’s collections are available 24/7 through New York Heritage Digital Collections, including manuscripts and photographs, and objects such as textiles, kitchenware, and more.
Anyone interested in supporting Historic Huguenot Street and its new approach to online programming and digital content can become a member or make a donation on the museum’s website.
Photo of Historic Huguenot Street Museums From Home program provided.