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At the Kids Table: Food, Art, and Molecular Gastronomy

By Rachel Walman This past Saturday, a group of families gathered in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum to explore the intersection of food and art from the nineteenth century to today. We discussed the market scene painting above, did a multi-sensory experiment from the 1932 Futurist Cookbook, and experimented with artistic plating and molecular gastronomy. […]

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Little New-Yorkers: From New York to India

In our Little New-Yorkers program, we explore living in New York through an array of wonderful children’s books that introduce us to and help us explore the city. We explore anything from travelling on the subway to meeting characters from different cultures that make up this city’s 8 million inhabitants. As we continue to venture […]

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Celebrating Independence Day and Madeline at the New-York Historical Society

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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Step By Step: Make Your Own Madeline Hat!

Here at Little New-Yorkers, July marks Madeline month. So far we’ve been introduced to the wonderful fearsome character and her nemesis Pepito. We have many exciting craft projects based on the illustrations in the book to create, including the wonderful iconic yellow hat complete with black ribbon. Last week we read Madeline and the Bad […]

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Little New-Yorkers Explore Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

Our recent adventures in our Little New-Yorkers program has seen us experimenting with the format quite a bit. We’ve continued our foray into the galleries and have now got into a regular routine, exploring as much as possible. Feedback from parents suggested that they particularly wanted to explore our new temporary exhibitions. This was a […]

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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 […]

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History, Animated: The past comes to life in Camp History at N-YHS

Instead of spending your February break watching cartoons, why not learn how to make them? From 9am to 4pm, February 18-21, middle school students in New-York Historical Society’s Camp History program will create stop-motion animated videos based on the history they learn in the museum galleries. What do history and animation have to do with each other? Well, all […]

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Playing and Learning in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum: Cast Your Vote!

Gaining the right to rock the vote hasn’t been easy, historically speaking! And if you’re under 18, you still can’t vote in the United States (along with most other countries around the world). While some people and organizations favor lowering that age restriction or eliminating it completely, chances are you still have a few years […]

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Meet the Campers Who Made Digital History at DCHM

For four days in late August, talented middle schoolers descended on the New-York Historical Society to learn everything they could about the American Revolution…and digital game design. You probably already know that the New-York Historical Society is a great place to learn about the American Revolution considering that we were founded in 1804 just a […]

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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. […]

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