Special Event: April is National Poetry Month!
April 15, 2013

  Happy National Poetry Month! Have you ever written a poem? I write poems all the time. Every Monday I write a haiku (#haikumonday) and I love to write limericks. In February I wrote a sonnet for someone’s birthday. That’s a really long poem that is often written to celebrate somebody you love. Lately I’ve…

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Special Review: New-York Historical Society
April 8, 2013

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….

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Enter for Chance to Win American Heritage Chocolate® AND Free Tickets to the President’s Day Event – The History of Chocolate!
February 13, 2013

To celebrate one of our founding fathers’ favorite foods, The Historic Division of Mars and the New York Historical Society present a family friendly event on Presidents’ Day, February 18, all about the history of chocolate. The American Heritage Chocolate® line of products is a nod to an original 18th century recipe – the type of…

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Family Benefit Party: Passport Through American History
February 1, 2013

  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…

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Leeches: Why do we suffer through the “Yuck Factor”?
January 22, 2013

  WARNING: If you are squeamish around slimy, blood-sucking worms, you may not want to read further! Have you ever been swimming in a pond with leeches? I have…and it made me a little nervous. As refreshing as it was on a hot summer day, I did NOT want an uninvited guest to tag along on my body…

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Blast From the Past: Staying Cool in the Summer
August 27, 2012

  It’s hot outside here in the city…a good time for some ice-cold drinks and treats. But we didn’t always have refrigerators and freezers to easily keep these foods cold. People used to have ice delivered to their buildings and homes. This ice was chopped from frozen lakes in the winter, stored in ice houses, where it was kept…

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Blast From the Past: Fireworks!!
July 3, 2012

  The history of fireworks is a long one…even in our young United States. We celebrated our first Independence Day with a fireworks display in 1777, six years before we could be certain we would survive the American Revolutionary War! After signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that the…

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