Family Programs

Special Family Event
Reading Into History Book Club: Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Pete Nelson
Mike Thornton
Sunday, April 19th, 2015 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12, free with museum admission

When 11 year old Hunter Scott started asking questions about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during WWII, he never imagined he would rewrite history. Join the meeting to discuss this book and the true story of the disaster as discovered by Scott. We’ll be joined by Mike Thornton, New-York Historical Society Assistant Curator and naval history expert, who will answer kids’ lingering questions about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Mr. Thornton will also show us naval artifacts from WWII.

About Left for Dead
Until recently, most people who learned about the tragedy of the USS Indianapolis learned that the ship was torpedoed by the Japanese in 1943, and most of the crew died because the captain “hazarded” his ship. Only the surviving crew members knew the truth- that the Navy scapegoated their captain—until 50 years later when an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott began researching the tragedy for a school project. Both a story of the events of that night in 1943 and Scott’s process in uncovering the truth, this is a sad but triumphant story of how young people can rewrite history with the right tools.

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 Donna Jo Napoli, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.

This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. 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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