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March 2021

Digital Discussion: Women in Transit

Wednesday, March 10 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free Online Discussion

In celebration of Women's History Month, join Education Manager Polly Desjarlais for a digital discussion about women's roles in transit over the last century.

Learn about pioneering women in transit, including those who joined the Transit workforce during World War I, became Transit Police officers in the 1950s, and were the first female subway operators of the 1970s and 80s. Explore the stories of women who thrived in traditionally male-dominated fields and how these roles have changed over time. 

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Special Day Online

Saturday, March 13 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
A boy and girl look at a computer screen showing the New York Transit Museum logo and a photo of inside the Museum.

Children with disabilities and their families are invited to join the New York Transit Museum online and enjoy transit-related activities and a virtual tour of our vintage train cars. All ages welcome.

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Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and Subway Style

Saturday, March 20 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Free Online Program

Have you ever seen an arched ceiling covered with tiles? If so, maybe it was designed by Spanish artist, architect, engineer, designer, musician, and visionary... Rafael Guastavino! He created the "Tile Arch System" which uses tiles to create strong arches and curved vaults, found in New York City in the Old City Hall subway station, Grand Central Terminal and Ellis Island. 

Join us for this special program with authors Berta de Miguel and Kent Diebolt, who will read sections of their beautiful children's book Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and the American Dream while illustrator Virginia Lorente shares her drawing process live on screen. Be inspired by the Guastavinos' and their big dream in this program for anyone ages 5 to 105! 

Free online program, for all ages

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The Evolution of PSAs with Poster House

Thursday, March 25 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$10 / Free for Members
color image of an Oppy PSA about a clean city

Dating back to the 1870s, Public Service Announcements (PSAs) have been used to communicate messages to the public on a variety of topics.  Over the past 150 years, PSAs have ranged from calls to action to unite the public on war efforts, to messages conveying safety concerns when riding public transportation.  Many factors are considered when creating PSAs, including design and placement, for efficient and effective dissemination of information.

Join us after-hours with our Associate Curator, Jodi Shapiro, and the Chief Curator of Poster House, Angelina Lippert, as they explore a general history of PSA posters. Learn more about how PSA messaging has evolved since the late 1800s, how New York City’s buses and subways have functioned as places where PSAs communicate to straphangers, and what the future looks like for the medium.

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