Thanksgiving History: George Washington, the Civil War, and a 60-foot Rubber Dinosaur
November 23, 2016

Written by Rachel Walman This afternoon, hundreds of New-York Historical Society Family Members will gather on 77th Street right outside the Museum to watch a Thanksgiving tradition: the inflation of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. Today, the exuberant parade, a roasted turkey, and family gatherings on the fourth Thursday in November are all hallmarks of…

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Veterans Day: Black Americans and the War for Independence
November 11, 2016

Written by Rachel Walman Freedom! Tyranny! Slavery! These were words you would have heard all the time in the Revolutionary Era. This Veterans Day, let’s think about what it might have felt like as a person of African descent to choose sides in that crucial moment: whether to gamble on a European power promising you…

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Little New-Yorkers: Vote!
October 31, 2016

Written by Tirzah Baker   This election year, even our youngest museum visitors are getting politically engaged! On Tuesday, November 1, and Friday, November 4, we’ll be learning all about Election Day at Little New-Yorkers by reading If I Were President by Catherine Stier. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the importance of voting and what makes a…

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Meet Mike Thornton, Curator of “Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection”
October 28, 2016

Written by Shana Fung   Buzz! Clank! Thud! It’s been a spectacularly noisy week at the New-York Historical Society as an army of Museum staff worked day and night to put everything together for Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection, open Friday, October 28. In the midst of the craziness, we managed…

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Halloween History: Fortune Telling Fun
October 20, 2016

Written by Rachel Walman We’re looking back on that time of year when 19th-century Americans celebrated the end of a cycle of seasons and began to look forward to the year ahead…no, I’m not talking about the New Year—I’m talking about Halloween! The holiday we celebrate today on the 31st of October is a hodge…

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The Battle of Brooklyn: Explore the Exhibition With Our Family Guide
October 14, 2016

Written by Liz Stern Families can pick up their Battle of Brooklyn Family Guide at the exhibition entrance. This 8-page booklet is filled with activities, images, and discussion questions to guide families through the exhibition. Every American student studies the Revolutionary War in school, several times. It’s the birth of the country, after all! We learn…

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The Battle of Brooklyn Family Day Fun!
October 4, 2016

Written by Shana Fung The Battle of Brooklyn has arrived at the New-York Historical Society, and families are already getting into the Revolutionary spirit! On our special Battle of Brooklyn Family Day on September 24, kids and adults alike tried their hands at some Revolutionary-era espionage, got silly with a couple of rounds of Broadside…

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Interview With Same Sun Here Author Neela Vaswani
October 3, 2016

In a little over a month, the people of the United States will be electing a new president in what is shaping up to be a truly historic election, no matter how it turns out. In honor of election season, the Reading Into History Family Book Club welcomes Neela Vaswani on Sunday, October 2 to discuss her novel-in-letters, Same Sun Here, co-authored…

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Back to School! Three Ways Learning was Different in the Past
September 22, 2016

Written by Rachel Walman In late August it begins: finishing up summer homework, shopping for a new binder or pair of shoes, and finally walking into the building where kids will spend the next nine months learning. It’s back-to-school time! When the school year kicks into gear, so do family programs here at the New-York…

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