Photography by Alexander Gardner (1821-1882), New-York Historical Society.
Part IV: The History Behind the Pinkertonian Mystery
July 7, 2015

There are only two more performances left of The Pinkertonian Mystery at the New-York Historical Society! Families with kids eight and older have loved playing detective for an afternoon, helping the Pinkerton Detective Agency solve a dramatic mystery in this interactive theater experience. Buy tickets here for July 12 or July 26. Allan Pinkerton was…

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An Interview with Frances McDormand: What was it like to be “Miss Clavel”?
September 23, 2014

As our Madeline in New York exhibition winds down to its close on October 19, we are inviting families to join us this Sunday for a screening of the 1998 movie based on the books, Madeline. We are so excited that local Upper Westsider Frances McDormand will be here to introduce the film! You may…

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Blast from the Past: Tiny Incubator Babies: The Coney Island Attraction
August 1, 2014

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…

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Waffles in the City
June 11, 2014

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…

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Nellie Bly: Celebrating This Courageous Journalist, Feminist, Traveler and Fighter for Justice
May 5, 2014

On May 5, 1864, 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 dressed her daughter…

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Blast from the Past: Mittens and Slippers during the American Civil War
April 11, 2014

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….

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Blast From the Past: The Mystery of the Missing Eagles
August 16, 2013

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…

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Blast From the Past: Dogs for Defense
May 20, 2013

  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…

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Special Event: Writing About “The Big Apple”
May 15, 2013

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 –…

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