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Reading into History: Interview with The Detective’s Assistant Author Kate Hannigan
December 16, 2015

You probably know that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. You may not know that a previous assassination attempt was made on him during his 13-day train journey from Springfield, IL, to his inauguration in Washington, D.C., in 1861. Even more remarkable, it was a female detective who saved Lincoln’s life! That detective,…

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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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Meet the “To Kill A Mockingbird” Teach-in Panelists
September 16, 2015

If you are a middle or high school student, chances are you had to read To Kill A Mockingbird this summer. If you are a parent, chances are that you also read this book around the same age as your children are now. This 1960 novel has been a literary touchstone for the past 55…

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Reading into Mockingbird: The Jim Crow South
July 28, 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 reading of the book and your participation in our Goodreads discussions and teach-in event at the…

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Reading into Mockingbird: Eugenics, the Ewells, and Tom Robinson
July 21, 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 reading of the book and your participation in our Goodreads discussions and teach-in event at the…

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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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Reading into History: A Deadly Interview with author Julie Chibbaro
October 15, 2014

It’s October, so the Reading into History family book club decided to tackle a scary topic in history and, unfortunately, today: disease outbreaks. Our book this month has been Deadly by Julie Chibbaro, and we’ll meet to discuss the book on Sunday, October 19 from 3-5 pm here at the Museum.  If you want to…

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This is Not a Humbug–Reading into History is Back!
September 5, 2014

Even though school has started and homework assignments are already piling up, it’s important to remember to read for fun! We’ve got that covered here at the Reading into History Family Book Club. This Sunday, kids ages 9-12 and their adults will gather to discuss Jim Murphy’s incredible book The Giant and How He Humbugged…

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N-YHS Children’s History Book Prize Winner – The Lions of Little Rock!
May 16, 2014

Congratulations to the winner of our first annual Children’s History Book Prize, Kristin Levine! Last year we dug into middle-reader history books from 2012 – both non-fiction and fiction. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum staff read dozens and dozens of terrific books, and then we shared four finalists with our book prize jury. This jury…

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