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

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 [...]

Reading into History: Author Enrique Flores-Galbis on 90 Miles to Havana

The author and his publicist This month, our family book club is exploring the complicated historical relationship between Cuba and the United States in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. We are reading Enrique Flores-Galbis’ 90 Miles to Havana, a fascinating work of historical fiction that follows a boy named Julian and his two brothers in their [...]

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

  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 [...]

Seneca Village: A Community Lost to Central Park

  Since 1859, millions of people have enjoyed the natural beauty of Central Park. What do you know about the origins of Central Park? Did you know that before the park existed, the land it lies on was home to about 1,600 residents? One neighborhood that once lay within the boundaries of the park was [...]

February Reading into History: Author Interviews and Download the book for free!

Readers, we have some real treats for you in this post. As you may know, our February Reading into History book is Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground. On February 24th, from 3 – 5 pm, we will host our Wrap for this book with co-author and conservator Gary McGowan. This book [...]

Reading into History: Book Wrap Recap and Picture The Dead

Hello Families!  We had a wonderful Book Wrap on December 2nd with special guest author Donna Jo Napoli. This book dealt with such tough issues- loss, poverty, immigration, the struggle to fit in- that families were debating ideas right out of the gate. Bravery was a particularly interesting topic of discussion. Is a person brave for [...]

Interview With Author Donna Jo Napoli, Author Of The King Of Mulberry Street!

Hello families! We hope you are enjoying The King of Mulberry Street. If you can tear your eyes away from the adventures of Dom, Gaetano, and Tin Pan Alley, take a few minutes to read our interview with author Donna Jo Napoli. We hope learning more about her makes you even more excited to meet her and ask [...]

Book Wrap Recap and Our Next Read: The King of Mulberry Street!

Hello readers! Our Book Wrap for Same Sun Here was a resounding success. Neela Vaswani did an amazing job fielding questions, and our discussion was really thought provoking. I am still thinking about the theme of what it means to be an American, which comes up a lot in Same Sun Here.  When River gets in trouble for disagreeing [...]

Same Sun Here Book Wrap is ON for November 4th!

Hello RiH families! The New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum have made it safely through the storm, and we hope all of you have as well. We wanted to assure all of you that we are going forward with our Book Wrap for Same Sun Here this Sunday, November 4th We are going to have a wonderful [...]

Interview With Same Sun Here Author Neela Vaswani

  On November 4, the Reading Into History book club will be discussing Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani. We spoke to author Neela Vaswani about her inspiration for the book, and her favorite parts of New York! DCHM: What were you like between the ages of 9 and 12? NV: I loved to [...]

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