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Happy Birthday Alexander Hamilton!

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, [...]

At the Kids’ Thanksgiving Table

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 [...]

50 Years After The JFK Assassination: LeVar Burton Shares His Story

  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 [...]

Camp History: Are you a Patriot or a Loyalist?

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 [...]

Blast from the Past: The New York City Draft Riots

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 [...]

West Side Story: “I like the island Manhattan”

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 [...]

Special Review: New-York Historical Society

Contributed by 9-year-old Joshua Licht (Editor’s note: Joshua’s essay has been transcribed as accurately as possible. His actual essay is reprinted at the end.) Looking for a fun Museum to go to? Then the New York Historical Society is the place to go to! It has frindly staff, a fun layout and they love kids. [...]

Reading Into History: Interview With Author Barry Denenberg

Hello, families! The Reading into History book for April is Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered by Barry Denenberg. Barry will be here at the Museum on Sunday, April 14th for two programs about this book.  At 1:30, he will do a Q&A  with the public about his book and Lincoln. Then at 3 pm, he will join the book [...]

Enter for Your Chance to Win American Heritage Chocolate® AND Free Tickets to the New York Historical Society’s President’s Day Event – The History of Chocolate!

To celebrate one of our founding fathers’ favorite foods, The Historic Division of Mars and the New York Historical Society present a family friendly event on Presidents’ Day, February 18, all about the history of chocolate. The American Heritage Chocolate® line of products is a nod to an original 18th century recipe – the type of [...]

Interview With Adele Griffin, Author of Picture The Dead

Dear Readers, we are just about two weeks away from our January Book Wrap for Picture the Dead with author Adele Griffin. We are so excited to talk about the Civil War, Spiritualism, and tricky photographers! Get to know Adele Griffin better by reading this short interview. Enjoy, and we’ll see you at 3 pm on Janurary [...]

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