It's Fall Now, Isn't It?
Even if the weather forecast has yet to send us running for our sweaters, New York City has fully embraced the season with a lineup of fall festivals, panel discussions, and even a good ol' fashioned haunting. There is more than enough to keep you busy as you patiently await that cool, crisp air!

Read on for some of the best things to do in October. You can also click here for an updated monthly calendar of the many upcoming "happenings."
HHT's Event Picks
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, The Bronx
Thursday, October 3rd | 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. | Free!
Embark on the miraculous 3,000-mile journey of the monarchs to Mexico while learning about the many environmental threats to these butterflies and what you can do to help.
Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island
Saturday, October 5th | 6:30 p.m. | Tickets start at $95
Raise a glass to the opening of the Alice Austen Triennial, a juried exhibition inspired by the writing of Audre Lorde and featuring photography by Staten Island residents. Festivities include cocktails, food, dancing, and an auction of pieces by noted artists.
Morris -Jumel Mansion Museum, Manhattan
Saturday, October 12th | 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. | Free!
What are you going to be for Halloween this year? Get inspired with a family-friendly afternoon of mask making at one of the spookiest mansions in Manhattan.
King Manor Fall Festival 2019
King Manor Museum, Queens
Saturday, October 12th | 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. | Free!
Embrace autumn at this seasonal celebration, where you can make corn husk dolls, churn butter, and press your own apple cider. For the first time attendees can also harvest, plant, and l earn about Native, African, and European "foodways" in early America at King Manor's new ethnobotanical teaching garden.
Hendrick I. Lott House, Brooklyn
Saturday, October 26th| 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. | Tickets start at $75
Look no further for your Halloween plans! Join the ghouls and goblins as they descend upon the Lott House for a spirited evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and tours of this site that is rarely open to the public. Costumes are not optional!
What's New at HHT?
Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Drawing from innovative sites across the United States, this illustrated conversation will profile intriguing new models for adapting to the rapidly-shifting role museums must play in the 21 st  century.

Authors  Max van Balgooy  and  Kenneth Turino  will share insights from their newly-published anthology,  Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions , which provides indispensable and imaginative strategies to forge a sustainable path forward for our country’s historic places. Van Balgooy and Turino will be joined in dialogue by  Lisa Ackerman , Chair of HHT.

Join us in creatively thinking beyond a museum’s “four walls” to reimagine what historic sites can aspire to be in contemporary times.

Event is free. Registration required.
October 18th to 20th
Keep an eye out for special offerings at HHT sites during the one weekend that New York City's most fascinating places throw open their doors to the public at the same time.
October is officially Architecture and Design Month in New York City! This year HHT continues its partnership with Archtober, which provides hundreds of architecture-related tours, activities, and exhibitions.
Places We Love
While it is named after the celebrated children's book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, t he Little Red Lighthouse is a New York City icon in its own right! Constructed in 1881 in New Jersey, the lighthouse was moved to the Hudson River in 1921. After the George Washington Bridge opened in 1931, however, the beacon was considered obsolete and was threatened with demolition. Public outcry, largely from children who were fans of the 1942 children's book, saved the beloved lighthouse from its fate!

Fort Washington Park, Manhattan
Saturday, October 5th | 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public!

Stop by HHT's booth this weekend to join us in celebrating Manhattan's only remaining lighthouse. There will be books for sale, fishing clinics, live music, food and art vendors, and activities for all ages!
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