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Balloons! A Brief History of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Balloons come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Whether they are small party balloons that you can fill a room with on a birthday or large hot air balloons that can carry people up, up, and away, balloons always seem to add something extra festive to any occasion. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade […]

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 […]

Little New-Yorkers Step by Step: Beekman Coach

Recently in our Little New-Yorkers program we have started to venture out of the children’s library into the museum. On the fourth floor in the Luce Center lies quite a majestic piece, the Beekman Family Coach. Coaches like this were very rare, super fancy and would only be used for special occasions. In December we […]

Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of African American History Month

The New-York Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum celebrate African American history year-round, but we, and most other cultural institutions, pay special homage in February. Why? African American (or Black) History Month started with one man: a historian, author, and teacher named Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950). Dr. Woodson was the child of formerly […]

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 […]

Little New-Yorkers Projects for Kids: Laundry Day

Each week in Little New-Yorkers we explore the theme of New York with our littlest historians. In October we were inspired by Maurie J. Manning’s Laundry Day and created clothesline necklaces with cut cloth pieces. We explored how diverse New York City is through this beautiful book, set in the Lower East Side. It follows a […]

Playing and Learning in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum: Newsies!

Over the past year, I’ve watched families play our digital games and interactives in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum (DCHM). At the DCHM, we believe that people can learn about history by both playing and creating games. Part of my responsibility as a Floor Manager is making sure everyone has a fun and educational experience. […]

Step by Step: The Curious Garden (The High Line)

  We are celebrating nature in unexpected places this week at Little New-Yorkers in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Many people assume that urban areas like New York City aren’t places to find nature, other than in large parks like Central Park. Cities are places typically thought to suppress the natural world with […]

All About Bird Eggs

  Many of us at the New-York Historical Society have Audubon-mania. Our new exhibition of bird watercolors by John James Audubon, Audubon’s Aviary, has brought a lot of excitement to the museum’s galleries. Exploring the exhibition and seeing so many beautiful paintings of birds made me wonder what their eggs look like. I know that […]

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