Step back into summer of 1908 in a small town enlivened by vaudeville and a young unknown actor named Buster Keaton. For our first book club meeting of the new school year, families will discuss this lush graphic novel with author Matt Phelan and learn about his writing and drawing process first-hand.
What does a 19th-century toaster look like? How about a piece of 18th-century Tupperware? In this program, families go on a scavenger hunt in the New-York Historical Society to discover every-day objects found in kitchens of the past. After, they'll cook together, preparing cinnamon toast as folks would have made 200 years ago—families will have the opportunity to prepare everything from scratch, grinding cinnamon, nipping sugar, and even churning butter by hand. See just how much the kitchen has changed from 1815 to 2015!
Food has appeared in art for centuries, and food that is prepared and presented artistically is all the rage today. In this program, participants will visit the galleries to see how food and art collided during the 19th and 20th centuries. Then our group will move to the classrooms to experiment with molecular gastronomy, a new and highly artistic way of approaching food. Want to learn how to make carrot “caviar” and gelified noodles? Well you will!
By the early 1600s, Dutch colonists’ tasty confections had become a New Amsterdam holiday tradition. Even when the city was renamed New York, these recipes lived on. Come learn how an 18th-century Dutch girl named Cornelia van Varick cooked classic New Year dishes. Using tools and ingredients common to her kitchen, including sugar cones and nippers, Dutch ovens, as well as mortars and pestles, we’ll make two delicious desserts. Participants will prepare orange caraway cookies and fried doughnuts. Don’t worry—there will be plenty to take home and share!
Join us on Governor’s Island as we kick off the summer at the 11th Annual Family Festival! Look for us in Nolan Park, in the Island’s historic district, where we’ll be making personalized tricorne hats all afternoon long.
Hablemos de la Historia y del Arte Saturday, May 16,2 – 4 pm Ages 4 – 10
Sat, 05/16/2015 -
14:00 to 16:00
Sat, May 16th, 2015 |
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Then and Now: The Evolution of Everyday Objects
Families will explore centuries-old everyday objects from the New-York Historical Society's permanent collection. Come sketch and discover how these objects worked and how they evolved over time. Some even became obsolete! Then families will sculpt and decorate the objects they viewed in the galleries. Join us!