Floor Closure

The second floor of the Museum will be closed Saturday, December 16.

Reading into History

"In addition to the self esteem this opportunity provided, [this program] was of enormous educational value. . .Reading these books has really given us a springboard to explore. . .important time periods in history."
-AM, parent

Reading Into History
Ages 9 – 12

Love reading books about the people and places in American history? Want to discuss them with other history fans and their authors? Want to explore real museum artifacts from the time you've been reading about? Then Reading into History is a family book club for history detectives like you.

Each month families read an historical fiction or nonfiction book at home. At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book; see cool museum artifacts and original documents that bring the book to life; and meet other history detectives, authors, and other special guests! Past author guests have included Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Phillip Hoose, Kirby Larson, Tim Tingle and Avi, just to name a few! Readers can also check out author interviews on our History Detectives blog.

Book wraps are held on Sundays from 2-4 pm most months except July. See our family programs calendar for exact dates for each wrap. Want to join the book club email list? email familyprograms@nyhistory.org to sign up and get monthly updates.


In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Live
by Kenneth C Davis

This groundbreaking work of non-fiction for middle readers tells the stories of just some of the U.S.’s slave-owning presidents and, more importantly, the stories of a few of the people they enslaved. Earning multiple awards and starred reviews, you won’t be able to put down this “compulsively readable” (School Library Journal, starred review) book that breaks down the complexities of a democracy built on human bondage.

Join us for book club on December 17, Author Ken Davis will join us to answer your questions and examine original documents and images in our library related to this true and often ignored aspect of history.




Click here to view a list of our past Book Club books


If your family loves American history, visit our History Detectives blog! You'll learn about upcoming family programs, read interviews with book club authors and other experts, and get a family-friendly perspective on our Museum collections and historical topics. Go to the Blog!

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