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Thanksgiving History: George Washington, the Civil War, and a 60-foot Rubber Dinosaur
November 23, 2016

Written by Rachel Walman This afternoon, hundreds of New-York Historical Society Family Members will gather on 77th Street right outside the Museum to watch a Thanksgiving tradition: the inflation of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. Today, the exuberant parade, a roasted turkey, and family gatherings on the fourth Thursday in November are all hallmarks of…

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Reading into History: Interview with The Detective’s Assistant Author Kate Hannigan
December 16, 2015

You probably know that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. You may not know that a previous assassination attempt was made on him during his 13-day train journey from Springfield, IL, to his inauguration in Washington, D.C., in 1861. Even more remarkable, it was a female detective who saved Lincoln’s life! That detective,…

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Halloween 2015’s Statue Costume Contest Winners!
November 9, 2015

If you joined us at our Superheroes/Supernatural Halloween Bash or walked past the Museum over the weekend, you already know that our statues were all decked out in superhero costumes this year to celebrate our special exhibition Superheroes in Gotham. A big thank you to everyone who voted in our statue costume contest! The winning…

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Remembering Lincoln’s Death 150 Years Later
April 10, 2015

By Rachel Walman Tuesday, April 14, 2015, marks the 150th anniversary of the fatal shooting of President Abraham Lincoln, who died at 7:22 am the next morning. If you’re looking to pay your respects to “Father Abraham,” come to the New-York Historical Society this Saturday, April 11. Gilder Lehrman will be offering a rare look…

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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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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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Another Gettysburg Address
November 19, 2013

One hundred and fifty years ago today, thousands gathered in Gettysburg, PA for the dedication of a national cemetery for those who died at the Battle of Gettysburg in July, 1863. The three days of this battle left over 51,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead, missing, captured, or wounded. The country needed to heal from…

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Blast from the Past: Lincoln’s Life Mask is Better than a Photograph
April 10, 2013

  If you walk over to the sculpture section of the Henry Luce III Center on the 4th floor of the New-York Historical Society, you’ll see Abraham Lincoln’s actual face… Well, the closest thing there is to it. You’ll see a bronze “life mask” of Lincoln, cast by artist Leonard Volk using a mold made on…

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Special Review: New-York Historical Society
April 8, 2013

Contributed by 9-year-old Joshua Licht (Editor’s note: Joshua’s essay has been transcribed as accurately as possible. His actual essay is reprinted at the end.) Looking for a fun Museum to go to? Then the New York Historical Society is the place to go to! It has frindly staff, a fun layout and they love kids….

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