Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival. June 17 – January 10, 2016

In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, where clubs and coffee houses showcased singers like Pete Seeger and Odetta and nurtured a generation of newcomers, including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The multi-media exhibtition Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, featuring original instruments, handwritten lyrics, and video and film footage, traces the roots of the revival, its growth in New York, its major players, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s. 
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Noel Paul Stookey: A Special Performance at the City Museum
Date and Time: Monday, October 5 at 7:00 pm
Join us for renowned singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey’s first solo concert in New York City in over 40 years


Join us Sundays, August 30, September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, and December 6 & 20 at 1:00 pm for a 45-minute gallery tour followed by a singalong session with one of our museum scholars. First come, first serve – no registration required.

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    Exhibition co-chairs: James E. Buckman, John R. Heller, and Thomas M. Neff

    Honorary chairs: Oscar Brand, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Nora Guthrie,
    Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow

    The exhibition is made possible by
    John and Patricia Heller
    Thomas M. Neff
    James E. & Nancy Buckman

    Additional support is provided by
    James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller
    Zegar Family Foundation
    Anonymously, in honor of John Heller
    Jill and John Chalsty
    The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation

    Education programs in conjunction with Folk City are made possible by  

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    The museum is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports the fellowship of Folk City Curator Dr. Stephen Petrus.

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