Written by Shana Fung
In honor of Presidents’ Day, the New-York Historical Society is celebrating our nation’s Founding Fathers and Mothers all through February School Vacation Week! We’ll be kicking off the presidential fun on Saturday, February 18, by playing host to living historians portraying President George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington. Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison along with First Lady Dolley Madison will also be making appearances in our galleries before the week is out.
Apart from meeting some of the luminaries of America’s past, families will also have the chance to go on a special Museum-wide presidential scavenger hunt and get creative making mix-and-match portraits of some iconic U.S. presidents, first ladies, and early American historical figures all week long.
The Big Quiz Thing returns on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, to present the ultimate all-ages test of U.S. history—the Presidents’ Day Family Trivia Spectacular! Kids and their adults will work together to tackle unique “figureoutable” trivia questions to win some awesome prizes. Tickets can be purchased here for either 2 or 3:30 pm. $25 per person and $20 per Member
That same day, artist Nari Ward and his team will begin installing We the People, a new work of art (made out of shoelaces!) which will become a permanent feature of the New-York Historical Society. Ward’s monumental sculpture will come together throughout the week and visitors are invited to get in on the action by not only watching the sculpture take shape but also by reflecting on the words “We the people…” – the first three words of the U.S. Constitution— through a sticky-note conversation on our preamble wall. Donate your shoelaces to We the People through February 19! Bring them with you when you visit the Museum, and you’ll receive discounted admission. And don’t worry—we have replacement laces for you!