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Author Archives: Liz Stern

Blast from the Past: Tiny Incubator Babies: The Coney Island Attraction

Like many children growing up in busy families, sometimes I had to go into work with my dad. I loved it! My dad worked in a big city hospital and when we got there, he would guide me through the labyrinth of hallways to the neonatal intensive care unit where he parked me in front [...]

Waffles in the City

I just texted my teenagers to send me their photos of the waffles they’ve eaten — a strange request, but within minutes I got these: Even today, in the modern world of cooking shows, celebrity chefs, and international foods on every block, the waffle remains such a delight that people feel the need to document [...]

Happy 150th Birthday, Nellie Bly! Celebrating This Courageous Journalist, Feminist, Traveler and Fighter for Justice

One hundred and fifty years ago today, in the western town of Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania, the thirteenth child of Judge Michael Cochran was born. Her given name was Elizabeth Jane. All the other mothers in Cochran’s Mills had the habit of dressing their daughters in muted brown and gray fabrics…but not Mary Jane Cochran. She [...]

Blast from the Past: Mittens and Slippers during the American Civil War

Bloodiest War in History War Between the States War of Secession War of the Rebellion Mr. Lincoln’s War No matter what it was called, the American Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865, was a brutal one – not only for the men who fought on both sides, but for those who remained at home. [...]

Blast From the Past: The Mystery of the Missing Eagles

It all started with very good intentions. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn into office as the 32nd President of the United States in March of 1933. It was a very dark time in our country’s history – we were in the middle of the worst economic depression we had ever seen or would see. One [...]

Blast From the Past: Dogs for Defense

  During World War II, people all over the country participated in some sort of war effort. If they weren’t actually overseas fighting for our country, they may have been working in factories producing ships, growing vegetables to feed people, or collecting scrap metal. But did you know that dogs volunteered too? After the bombing [...]

Special Event: Writing About “The Big Apple”

When creative people get together, great things happen. Four creative kids can tell you that first-hand. They met with songwriter and musician David Grover to create an original song. They brainstormed and collaborated to write a song about…what else? NEW YORK! Catherine McCarthy, Jack Freiser, William Freedman and Lucy Kleinschmidt – all musicians themselves – [...]

Special Event: David Grover Shares His Songwriting Process

  We live in a musical city. There are orchestras playing in halls, bands playing in the park and musicians trying out their craft in the subway. Sometimes I think even the honking, the whistles and the crowds sound like music! A very special musician is coming to play in the auditorium here at the [...]

Special Event: Robert Forbes Inspires Young Poets

Happy Earth Day everyone! As a part of our celebration here at the New-York Historical Society we asked our families to write poems about animals and other things we love here on Earth. We were inspired by our special guest, Robert Forbes, who joined us yesterday in the beautiful Klingenstein Library to share his poems [...]

Special Event: April is National Poetry Month!

  Happy National Poetry Month! Have you ever written a poem? I write poems all the time. Every Monday I write a haiku (#haikumonday) and I love to write limericks. In February I wrote a sonnet for someone’s birthday. That’s a really long poem that is often written to celebrate somebody you love. Lately I’ve [...]

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