Reading into History: Interview with Crow Author, Barbara Wright
December 4, 2014

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…

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Balloons! A Brief History of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 28, 2014

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…

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Brr! A Brief History of Winter Fashion in New York
November 17, 2014

Winter is here! It seems that everyone is pulling on their boots, sweaters, parkas, and jackets this week. The weather channel is warning of snow, and, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is clear that the cold weather is here to stay. Have you ever wondered how people used to stay warm in the…

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Check out the results of our Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln Halloween costume contest!
November 5, 2014

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…

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Reading into History: A Deadly Interview with author Julie Chibbaro
October 15, 2014

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…

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What should Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln be for Halloween? You Decide!
October 9, 2014

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…

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Little New-Yorkers: From New York to India
September 29, 2014

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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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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Madeline’s Tea Party!
September 11, 2014

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…

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