If you’re looking to have some patriotic fun this Fourth of July, join us at the New-York Historical Society on Saturday for a special Independence Day Celebration! Families can hunt high and low throughout the Museum for objects from the Founding Era, listen to American tales told through song by the Hudson River Ramblers, and learn all about the history of ice cream!
Now, you might be asking yourself, what does ice cream have to do with Independence Day? While ice cream might not be directly related to the birth of America, it was a popular dessert among our Founding Fathers and Mothers. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Dolly Madison were just a few of the many 18th-century sweet tooths!
On Saturday, families visiting the New-York Historical Society will use all of their senses to learn about the history of ice cream. Stop by to smell mace and orange blossom water (popular ice cream flavors from the past); see replicas of centuries-old kitchen utensils up close; try out our old-fashioned ice cream machine (which is powered by a hand-crank); and, finally, taste ice cream made from a recipe written in 1665!
To keep the celebration going all weekend long, head out to Governor’s Island to visit Revolution: NYC & the War for Independence, a special pop-up exhibition curated by our very own Student Historian Teen Leaders!