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Learn the Chinese Art of Fan Dancing

By Shana Fung As part of our ongoing exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, we invite families to come learn a unique traditional Chinese art form: fan dancing. Through our learning series Ancient Chinese Arts Today, an expert here at the New-York Historical Society will teach the centuries-old dance style on March 15. Click here to learn […]

新年快樂! Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

By Shana Fung To celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year, we’ll be hosting a variety of events—from paper cutting demonstrations, to martial  arts and dance performances. Join us Thursday (the official start of the Lunar New Year) to see students of the National Dance Institute perform both traditional and modern dances inspired by their 2013—2014 curricular theme, […]

Part I: The History Behind The Pinkertonian Mystery

By Liz Stern Do you love solving mysteries? Join us here on February 15 at 3 pm, for the interactive theatrical experience: The Pinkertonian Mystery. Families travel throughout the Museum, engaging with actors to solve a whodunit inspired by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. This immersive theater experience was created and produced exclusively for our […]

Helios

By Neysela DaSilva-Reed As we move into 2015 we have two big aims for our Little New-Yorkers program. First, we want to get them upstairs into the galleries more often. Second, we are going to use the objects in our collections to make connections beyond New York. This program is all about exploring this amazing […]

Installing Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

By Cara Cifferelli The New-York Historical Society has been transformed into a toys and trains wonderland for our newest exhibition, Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection. But, it didn’t happen overnight. See how everything came together in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the installation of Holiday Express! For days, Museum staff have […]

Madeline’s Tea Party!

All summer long, the New-York Historical Society has been celebrating the special exhibition Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline came to the Museum and joined the Independence Day festivities on the 4th of July… Little New-Yorkers read Madeline stories and made Madeline accessories… Madeline books were read during Story Time every Sunday and additional Story Times […]

Camp History: It’s a Wrap!

  This summer, Camp History at the New-York Historical Society was all about the Civil War. Twenty-one precocious campers had the unforgettable experience of going behind-the-scenes at the Museum and Library to speak with museum and Civil War experts; styling and posing in their very own tintype photographs; and putting together and starring in their […]

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… […]

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. […]

A Whale Bone Umbrella?! The Whaler’s Art of Scrimshaw

This Sunday, families who take part in our Lost Arts: Scrimshaw program will get to see examples of scrimshaw, an art form practiced by sailors on whaling expeditions in the nineteenth century.  Scrimshaw makers, called scrimshanders, most often made elaborate carvings into sperm whale teeth. Families will see examples of these and will carve their […]

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