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Another Gettysburg Address

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 [...]

Blast from the Past: Lincoln’s Life Mask is Better than a Photograph

  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 [...]

Special Review: New-York Historical Society

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. [...]

Reading Into History: Interview With Author Barry Denenberg

Hello, families! The Reading into History book for April is Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered by Barry Denenberg. Barry will be here at the Museum on Sunday, April 14th for two programs about this book.  At 1:30, he will do a Q&A  with the public about his book and Lincoln. Then at 3 pm, he will join the book [...]

Family Benefit Party: Passport Through American History

  On a sunny winter day last weekend hundreds of families traveled with their “Passports Through American History,” stopping at 1699, 1776, 1845, 1899 and 1942. At each stop along their travels, kids participated in historic games, art-making, and hands-on activities, earning special stamps in their passports. Other highlights included a photo booth using images [...]

Say Hello to Abraham and Frederick!

  Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass stand at the entrances to the New-York Historical Society—you should come and say hello to them! The statues were commissioned for the reopening of New-York Historical in November 2011 and are popular photography spots. These two men were both born in the early 1800s but grew up in different [...]

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