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Summer of Hamilton Family Activities: Remembering the Hamilton-Burr Duel
July 18, 2016

Written by J.M Wasko On July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton found himself in Weehawken, NJ, looking straight down the barrel of a dueling pistol aimed at him by Aaron Burr. This historic moment was frozen in time by artist Kim Crowley in a pair of statues that depicts the moment before shots were fired on…

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Independence Day Fun at the New-York Historical Society
July 7, 2016

Written by Shana Fung, The New-York Historical Society’s Summer of Hamilton started off with a bang this Fourth of July weekend. On Independence Day, families mingled with Revolutionary War soldiers, ladies from the Founding Era, and Alexander Hamilton himself in between creating tricorne hats, designing festive flags, participating in a singalong with the Hudson River…

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Come Celebrate Independence Day with Alexander Hamilton!
July 1, 2016

Written by Shana Fung, The New-York Historical Society kicks off Summer of Hamilton with a supersized Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 4 with special guest Alexander Hamilton! Families that stop by will have the chance to meet a young lieutenant colonel Alexander Hamilton along with soldiers of the Continental Army, go on a special…

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Create Your Own Paper Bag Backpack!
June 15, 2016

By Neysela Dasilva-Reed, We often find discarded objects just lying around at home. What could be better than finding ways to recycle these objects into fun activities? Recently in our Little New-Yorkers program, which meets Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm, we read The Earth Book by Todd Parr to get our little ones to…

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Announcing the 2016 Children’s History Book Prize Winner: “Echo” by Pam Muñoz Ryan
June 9, 2016

Written by Rachel Walman After scouring many, many middle grade historical fiction and non-fiction books, a team of historians, educators, and families have chosen this year’s winner of the New-York Historical Society’s Children’s History Book Prize. That winning book is Echo by acclaimed author Pam Muñoz Ryan! Echo beautifully weaves together the individual stories of…

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Memorial Day Living History: Meet Michael, a Revolutionary War Reenactor!
May 26, 2016

By J.M. Wasko Happy Memorial Day! Salute those who fought in the American Revolution with living historians from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment on Saturday and Sunday and with the Second Continental Light Dragoons on Monday! The troops will be encamped in the Museum to answer your questions about life on and off the battlefield….

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Eat Too Much: Meet Some Real Fledglings this Sunday!
May 18, 2016

Mo Willems taught us that sometimes a pigeon needs a bath. Well, at the May 22 Meet the Fledglings family program, you can come meet some actual baby birds and the folks who clean and care for them! For the fourth year in a row, the Wild Bird Fund will bring rescued fledglings to the…

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Reading into History: Interview with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of “Jefferson’s Sons”
May 10, 2016

The families who participate in our  Reading into History Family Book Club are no strangers to discussing the history of slavery and race in America, but this month’s book, Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, takes us into new territory: the relationship between the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson and an enslaved woman he owned,…

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April School Vacation Week with Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Piggie, and the Pigeon!
May 5, 2016

This April School Vacation Week, families that stopped by the New-York Historical Society to explore the exhibition The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems were treated to a few Mo Willems-inspired surprises! They created their very own wire sculpture characters, helped Knuffle Bunny take a trip back in time with collages using historic photos of…

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