Family Programs

Reading into History: “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” by Rodman Philbrick
Sunday, April 10th, 2016 | 2:00 pm

Free with museum admission
Recommended for ages 9–12 and their adults

Come learn about the Civil War and Skype with acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick. After a discussion and Q & A, we’ll explore the Museum’s extensive collection of Civil War artifacts in the N-YHS Library, including kid-related artifacts! 

About The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

This Newbery Honor-awarded book follows orphaned Homer P. Figg on a journey to find his older brother who has been sold into the Union Army. Figg makes it from Pine Swamp, Maine, to the battlefield at Gettysburg. Readers get the best feel for the period from the characters Figg meets along the way: a snake oil hawker, a hot air balloonist, and slave catchers—just  to name a few.

About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home, then attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool Museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, and Rita Williams-Garcia, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.

This program is supported by

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Creative: Tronvig Group