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Little New-Yorkers: Cool Daddy Rat

By Neysela Da Silva-Reed Recently, in Little New-Yorkers, we’ve been traveling the world exploring new countries that have influenced New York. This week, we’ll learn about a musical genre that has historic ties to this city: jazz! Come listen to scat and the amazing story Cool Daddy Rat this Tuesday, May 12 and Friday, May 15 […]


Camp History: Colonial New York

By Shana Fung This spring, Camp History campers at the New-York Historical Society explored the fascinating world of colonial New York by becoming historians and curating their very own pop-up exhibition! Campers had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of getting up close and personal with centuries-old artifacts from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library and the opportunity to […]


Reading into History: An Interview with Author of One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia

By Rachel Walman How did the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s affect Americans in different parts of the country? That’s the question we’ll tackle this Sunday, March 8 from 2–4pm during our Reading into History family book club meeting. Join us here at the New-York Historical Society with author Rita Williams-Garcia to […]


New-York Haunted Society: The Photos Are Finally In!

By Shana Fung With Thanksgiving behind us and 2015 right around the corner, you might have forgotten all about Halloween, but we haven’t! Photos from our New-York Haunted Society party are finally in – check out the photos below! Here we are making fuzzy bats… learning fun facts about historic candy… getting our fortunes told… […]


Reading into History: Interview with Crow Author, Barbara Wright

By Rachel Walman For the last month and change, the Reading into History family book club has been learning a bit about what life was like for African Americans after the Civil War. During the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877), the federal government and the general public took steps to reunify the country. During this time, African […]


New-York Haunted Society: Check out the results of our Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln Halloween costume contest!

In case you missed it, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were all dressed up for Halloween last Friday – in the costumes that you voted for! The winning costumes were sailor and Captain America – check out the transformations below! Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln weren’t the only ones decked out for Halloween on our […]


Reading into History: A Deadly Interview with author Julie Chibbaro

It’s October, so the Reading into History family book club decided to tackle a scary topic in history and, unfortunately, today: disease outbreaks. Our book this month has been Deadly by Julie Chibbaro, and we’ll meet to discuss the book on Sunday, October 19 from 3-5 pm here at the Museum.  If you want to […]


New-York Haunted Society: What should Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln be for Halloween? You Decide!

Last year, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln got in the spooky spirit of All Hallows’ Eve by donning costumes for the New-York Historical Society’s annual Halloween party. Douglass stood guard as a noble Jedi Knight on 77th Street and Lincoln greeted passersby as a heavyweight boxing champion on Central Park West. Dressing up was such […]


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

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 […]


This is Not a Humbug–Reading into History is Back!

Even though school has started and homework assignments are already piling up, it’s important to remember to read for fun! We’ve got that covered here at the Reading into History Family Book Club. This Sunday, kids ages 9-12 and their adults will gather to discuss Jim Murphy’s incredible book The Giant and How He Humbugged […]



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