Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Calligraphy

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$15 per person ($10 per Member), ages 5 and up

Sun, April 19th, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

From ancient pictographs to modern ideographs, Chinese characters have been around for over 6,000 years and the writing of them has long been considered a discipline as well as an art. In this workshop, families will have the opportunity to see the intricacies of Chinese calligraphy demonstrated up-close by an instructor from the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Then they’ll pick up a traditional brush and learn to write and paint their own Chinese characters and landscapes with real ink on authentic rice paper.

Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Fan Dancing

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$15 per person ($10 per Member), ages 5 and up

Sun, March 15th, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chinese fan dancing can trace its roots to the days of the Han Dynasty in China over 2,000 years ago and the tradition continues today. During this workshop, families will discover how movements evoke feelings, create images, and tell stories while learning a group fan dance. The lesson is taught by a professional dancer from the New York Chinese Cultural Center and will incorporate some simple Chinese vocabulary.

Tickets to this program include Museum admission and families are welcome to visit the special exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.

Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Martial Arts

$15 per person ($10 per Member), ages 5 and up

Sun, February 8th, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

According to legend, it was Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, who first taught martial arts to the Chinese people during the Xia Dynasty nearly 4,000 years ago. Today, there are hundreds of different Chinese martial arts styles being practiced by people all around the world. In this workshop, families will be introduced to Shaolin kung fu by an instructor from the New York Chinese Cultural Center.

Tickets to this program include Museum admission and families are welcome to visit the special exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.

At the Kids’ Table with Sarah Lohman: How the Kitchen Has Changed

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Sat, April 25th, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What does eighteenth-century Tupperware look like? How about a nineteenth-century toaster? In this program, you'll go on a family scavenger hunt in the New-York Historical Society to uncover the kitchens of the past. Then we'll cook together, making cinnamon toast like folks would have 200 years ago—we'll do everything from SCRATCH, grinding sugar and churning butter by hand. You'll find out how much the kitchen has changed from 1815 to 2015!

At the Kids’ Table with Sarah Lohman: Chinese Food, American Story

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Fri, March 21st, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Like it has for many immigrant groups, food created a pathway to acceptance for Chinese in America. During this program families will explore N-YHS’s groundbreaking exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion and will then cook some of the first foods that Chinese immigrants introduced to Americans. We’ll recreate the first popular Chinese take-out, chop suey, from a century old recipe. And make dumplings by hand- filling, folding, and cooking them to eat in class.

At the Kids’ Table with Sarah Lohman: Food and Art

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$16 per person (members $10)9
Participants will interpret the uses of food in art from the past three centuries in the N-YHS galleries and then create their own pieces of food art in the classroom.

Sat, January 10th, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Food has appeared in art for centuries. In this program, participants will interpret the uses of food in art from the past three centuries in the N-YHS galleries and then create their own pieces of food art in the classroom. We’ll also explore ways in which food and art collide today.

Ages 8 and up, $16 per person ($10 per Member). Adults and children must purchase tickets to participate.

February School Vacation Week

February 14th – 27th
Free with Museum admission; All ages

Sat, February 14th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun, February 15th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon, February 16th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue, February 17th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed, February 18th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu, February 19th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri, February 20th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat, February 21st, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun, February 22nd, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue, February 24th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed, February 25th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu, February 26th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri, February 27th, 2015 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

February 14th – 27th
Free with Museum admission; All ages

The New-York Historical Society is celebrating President’s Day and Lunar New Year all week long!

In honor of President’s Day, explore the Museum from top to bottom on a special Presidential Scavenger Hunt and create a silly, one-of-a-kind portrait of our founding fathers and mothers.

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, stop by to hear a New Year’s story, see special dance performances, and learn all about the intricate art of Chinese paper cutting.

Qingming Festival

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Sun, April 5th, 2015 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Qingming Festival (清明節), also known as Ancestor’s Day, is a traditional Chinese festival when families gather together to remember loved ones and celebrate the arrival of spring. In honor of the special exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, the New-York Historical Society invites families to create and decorate their very own Qingming Festival kite and hear the story of a master kite maker in Chinatown.

At the Kids' Table with Sarah Lohman: Thanksgiving History

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$15 per child ($10 per Member child). Ages 8 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults pay Museum admission only.
Learn and cook with New York City's food history inspired by N-YHS collections in this ongoing program.

Sat, November 22nd, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Come discover what Thanksgiving food and festivities looked like in colonial times, the 1860s, and today. After exploring artifacts and images of Thanksgiving history, participants will make their own mini apple pies with an assortment of historical and present-day flavors.

Ages 8 and up, $15 per child ($10 per Member child). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults pay Museum admission only.

Madeline (1998)

Speaker: 
Frances McDormand

The New-York Historical Society celebrates the 75th anniversary of Madeline’s publication with Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.

Sun, September 28th, 2014 | 2:00 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans, actress Frances McDormand will introduce a screening of the live-action film adaptation of the beloved storybook series. The 1998 film Madeline was directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer, and stars Frances McDormand as Miss Clavel, Nigel Hawthorne as Lord Covington, and Hatty Jones as Madeline. 88 min. 

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