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Living History Summer: Meet Janice, a Historical Dancer!
July 22, 2016

Written by J.M. Wasko It’s the Summer of Hamilton at the New-York Historical Society, and we are celebrating every weekend with Living History Summer! This weekend, we welcome Living Historian Janice Wolk from Heard’s Brigade of New Jersey Militia on Saturday and again on Sunday with her dance troupe, North River Historical Dancers. Believe it…

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Summer of Hamilton Family Activities: Remembering the Hamilton-Burr Duel
July 18, 2016

Written by J.M Wasko On July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton found himself in Weehawken, NJ, looking straight down the barrel of a dueling pistol aimed at him by Aaron Burr. This historic moment was frozen in time by artist Kim Crowley in a pair of statues that depicts the moment before shots were fired on…

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Create Your Own Paper Bag Backpack!
June 15, 2016

By Neysela Dasilva-Reed, We often find discarded objects just lying around at home. What could be better than finding ways to recycle these objects into fun activities? Recently in our Little New-Yorkers program, which meets Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm, we read The Earth Book by Todd Parr to get our little ones to…

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Memorial Day Living History: Meet Michael, a Revolutionary War Reenactor!
May 26, 2016

By J.M. Wasko Happy Memorial Day! Salute those who fought in the American Revolution with living historians from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment on Saturday and Sunday and with the Second Continental Light Dragoons on Monday! The troops will be encamped in the Museum to answer your questions about life on and off the battlefield….

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Eat Too Much: Meet Some Real Fledglings this Sunday!
May 18, 2016

Mo Willems taught us that sometimes a pigeon needs a bath. Well, at the May 22 Meet the Fledglings family program, you can come meet some actual baby birds and the folks who clean and care for them! For the fourth year in a row, the Wild Bird Fund will bring rescued fledglings to the…

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Reading into History: Interview with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of “Jefferson’s Sons”
May 10, 2016

The families who participate in our  Reading into History Family Book Club are no strangers to discussing the history of slavery and race in America, but this month’s book, Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, takes us into new territory: the relationship between the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson and an enslaved woman he owned,…

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April School Vacation Week with Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Piggie, and the Pigeon!
May 5, 2016

This April School Vacation Week, families that stopped by the New-York Historical Society to explore the exhibition The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems were treated to a few Mo Willems-inspired surprises! They created their very own wire sculpture characters, helped Knuffle Bunny take a trip back in time with collages using historic photos of…

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Listen to Mo Willems in our Family Audio Tour
March 15, 2016

Join us this weekend as we celebrate The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems! Visit with Elephant and Piggie, make your own wire sculpture, get a Pigeon of Liberty tattoo, and read your favorite Mo stories all weekend long. The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems is on view from March 18 – September 25,…

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Camp History: It’s a Wrap!
August 28, 2014

  This summer, Camp History at the New-York Historical Society was all about the Civil War. Twenty-one precocious campers had the unforgettable experience of going behind-the-scenes at the Museum and Library to speak with museum and Civil War experts; styling and posing in their very own tintype photographs; and putting together and starring in their…

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