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Camp History Spring 2016: Civil War and Minecraft
April 20, 2016

This spring, Camp History at the New-York Historical Society was all about the Civil War – and Minecraft! Campers were invited behind the scenes at the Museum over the course of a fun-filled week to speak with conservators, librarians, scholars, and more to become experts on the time period and spent their afternoons translating their…

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Reading into History: An Interview with Rodman Philbrick
April 6, 2016

Slave catchers, medicine showmen, and the Battle of Gettysburg…They’re all part of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, this month’s read for the Reading into History family book club. Readers are invited to the Museum to discuss the book and Skype with acclaimed, multi-award-winning author Rodman Philbrick on Sunday, April 10 from 2…

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March 2016 Camp History: Civil War and Minecraft
March 11, 2016

It’s not too late to sign up for our next session of Camp History! From March 29 – April 1, a troop of lucky campers will delve into Civil War history through behind-the-scenes visits with librarians, conservators, and curators; chats with visiting living historians (historical reenactors); hands-on activities with educators; and create their own uniformed…

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Suspended in Silver: Camp History & Photography Then and Now
August 7, 2014

Guest post by Robert Christian Malmberg Starting Monday, August 11, photographer Robert Christian Malmberg will be photographing Camp History campers as people from the Civil War. We’ve asked him to guest-write a blog post for us to get to know him better. Here he is, in his own words: My fascination with “alternative process” photography…

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Blast from the Past: Mittens and Slippers during the American Civil War
April 11, 2014

Bloodiest War in History War Between the States War of Secession War of the Rebellion Mr. Lincoln’s War No matter what it was called, the American Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865, was a brutal one – not only for the men who fought on both sides, but for those who remained at home….

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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: The New York City Draft Riots
July 31, 2013

By Jacqueline Smith During the summer of 1863, New York City erupted in violence. July marks the 150th anniversary of the New York City Draft Riots-the largest civil uprising in our nation’s history. From Monday July 13, 1863 until Thursday July 16, 1863 mobs wreaked havoc on the streets of New York, looting stores, attacking…

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Civil War Medicine: Pills, Ointments and Bitters for Soldiers
June 14, 2013

  This Father’s Day, June 16th, eminent historian Harold Holzer will be here to answer families’ burning Civil War questions. Following his talk, families are invited to play a choose-your-own-adventure style game where they get to walk in the shoes of a Civil War soldier. Are you sitting there wishing you could really be a…

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Interview With Adele Griffin, Author of Picture The Dead
January 14, 2013

Dear Readers, we are just about two weeks away from our January Book Wrap for Picture the Dead with author Adele Griffin. We are so excited to talk about the Civil War, Spiritualism, and tricky photographers! Get to know Adele Griffin better by reading this short interview. Enjoy, and we’ll see you at 3 pm on Janurary…

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