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Suspended in Silver: Camp History & Photography Then and Now
August 7, 2014

Guest post by Robert Christian Malmberg Starting Monday, August 11, photographer Robert Christian Malmberg will be photographing Camp History campers as people from the Civil War. We’ve asked him to guest-write a blog post for us to get to know him better. Here he is, in his own words: My fascination with “alternative process” photography…

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Celebrating Independence Day and Madeline at the New-York Historical Society
July 23, 2014

Earlier this month, on the 4th of July, the New-York Historical Society threw a supersized family day to celebrate both Independence Day and the opening of our special exhibition Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.  And, the photos are finally in – check them out below! That day, we made tricorner hats……

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Adults Playing Dress-Up – Bill Cunningham: Facades
June 3, 2014

So, you think kids are the only ones allowed to play dress-up? Renowned fashion photographer Bill Cunningham would disagree. The exhibition Bill Cunningham: Facades , currently on view at the New-York Historical Society through June 15, showcases a stunning series of photographs taken by Cunningham of models in period costumes all around New York City. To…

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Happy Birthday Alexander Hamilton!
January 13, 2014

Alexander Hamilton turned 257 on Saturday, January 11. He was born in 1757 in Nevis in the British West Indies, and by the age of 11 Alexander was working in a local office of the New York trading firm Cruger and Beekman. He kept the paper work in order, handwriting copies of documents, book keeping,…

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At the Kids’ Thanksgiving Table
November 26, 2013

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, and since then Americans have come up with a number of foods to celebrate with! At our most recent At The Kids’ Table program, we talked a lot about food tools of the past, like an apple parer from 1890, or things like this celery…

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50 Years After The JFK Assassination: LeVar Burton Shares His Story
November 22, 2013

  Special guest post by LeVar Burton, Co-Founder Reading Rainbow Kidz, Actor/Producer I was 6 years old and in the 1st Grade at Holy Angels Elementary School in Sacramento, California, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963. Being a Catholic school, there was of course, a considerable amount of pride associated…

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Camp History: Are you a Patriot or a Loyalist?
August 14, 2013

Calling all revolutionaries! Next week kids ages 11 – 13 will gather at the New-York Historical Society to delve into the characters of the American Revolution and create their own digital games in our week-long Camp History.We have a few spots left, so sign up while there’s still room! Email us at familyprograms@nyhistory.org The camp…

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Blast from the Past: The New York City Draft Riots
July 31, 2013

By Jacqueline Smith During the summer of 1863, New York City erupted in violence. July marks the 150th anniversary of the New York City Draft Riots-the largest civil uprising in our nation’s history. From Monday July 13, 1863 until Thursday July 16, 1863 mobs wreaked havoc on the streets of New York, looting stores, attacking…

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West Side Story: “I like the island Manhattan”
June 25, 2013

On Sunday June 30th the DiMenna Children’s History Museum’s summer film series continues with the classic movie musical West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Come in from the heat, see it again, sing along, eat some popcorn, and introduce a new generation to this timeless love story set…

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