As part of the Smithsonian Institution’s national traveling exhibition, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, Preservation Long Island is excited to partner with the Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor for a walking tour focused on the local history of democracy on Cold Spring Harbor’s historic Main Street.

Democracy on Main Street Walking Tour

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024 (rain date April 7)
Times: 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM (registration required)
Where: Tours will begin at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum!
Cost: $25 general admission, $20 members of either Preservation Long Island or Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Join us on a walk down Main Street as we explore the lives of Cold Spring Harbor residents during the nineteenth century and discover a local history of women’s rights and opportunities, community gathering, and civic participation. The final stop on the tour is Preservation Long Island’s Exhibition at the Old Methodist Church, where educators will introduce participants to the Voices and Votes exhibition. Visitors are welcome to stay and explore the gallery at the end of the tour.

The tour will begin at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. You may use free street parking by the museum (301 Main Street) or the free Main Street parking lot a 5-minute walk away (90-126 Main Street, next to the Cold Spring Harbor Post Office and across from where the tour will end.)

“A New Agora for New York: Museums as Spaces for Democracy” has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This project is supported by a grant awarded to the Museum Association of New York by Empire State Development and I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
Voices and Votes has been made possible in New York State by the Museum Association of New York. Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is part of Museum on Main Street (MoMS), a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide.
Support for MoMS in New York State has been provided by the United States Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. To learn more visit,, or