Reading into History: Honoring African American Veterans
November 11, 2015

By Rachel Walman This past Sunday, families gathered for a Veterans Day-themed Reading into History family book club meeting to discuss the book Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone. This amazing book chronicles the tumultuous journey of a group of African American…

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Irving Browning, “Shoeshiner, Lower East Side” ca. 1930, Irving Browning Collection, New-York Historical Society
Reading into Mockingbird: The Great Depression
July 1, 2015

Reading into Mockingbird is a series of posts about the historical themes in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (the Reading into History Teen Summer’s 2015 read).Through these posts, we will provide historical background to enhance your understanding of the book and your participation in our Goodreads discussions and teach-in event at the Museum…

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Martha Maxwell’s Menagerie: The Story of a Nineteenth Century Woman Naturalist
April 4, 2014

How many girls today dream of becoming scientists? In the twenty-first century, these girls can achieve their dreams far more easily than could girls in the nineteenth century. This Sunday, Reading into History book club families will learn about nineteenth century women in science by discussing The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. In…

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Reading into History: Interview with Martin Sandler
January 2, 2014

How did a few men and two giant herds of reindeer rescue hundreds of whalers trapped in Northern Alaska in the middle of winter in 1898? This Sunday, the Reading into History family book club will meet to discuss Martin Sandler’s book about this epic mission, The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing…

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“It was as if we had all done something wrong.” Frances Perkins and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
November 8, 2013

This November, the Reading into History Family Book Club is digging into Albert Marrin’s Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy. We’ll meet to discuss this book on Sunday, December 8th, at 3 pm. This work of non-fiction tells the story of how a fire broke out on the upper floors…

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Author Interview: Adam Osterweil
October 23, 2013

This Sunday, author Adam Osterweil will join our Reading into History Family Book Club to discuss his novel Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector. There is so much to sink our teeth into in this book, from its layered characters to the tough American Revolution history that it sheds light on. We asked Osterweil our usual questions below. Take…

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Book Wrap Recap: Seneca Village, Juneteenth, and Our First Birthday!
June 21, 2013

  Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the Reading into History Book Club, and the emancipation holiday of Juneteenth! To celebrate, we had a very special book wrap for Joyce Hansen’s Home is With Our Family. We had the privilege of skyping with Ms. Hansen, and were able to ask question about the book and…

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Reading into History: An Illustrator at Work and Our First Anniversary!
May 22, 2013

  This past Sunday, May 19th, the DCHM Reading into History family book club discussed the graphic novel/biography Around the World and got to meet its wonderful author and illustrator, Matt Phelan. We were especially lucky because Matt brought his sketchbooks that he kept while planning the book. He taught us so much about how he creates emotions…

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Reading into History’s May Book: Around the World by Matt Phelan
May 1, 2013

  May is here and it’s time for a new book club read! Reading into History is now reading our first graphic novel, Around the World, by Matt Phelan. Phelan is a Scott O’Dell Award winning author and illustrator. Around the World tells the stories of three nineteenth-century world explorers. First, there was Thomas Stevens,…

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