Note: This event was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 31.
Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12, free with Museum admission
Families will dig into a story set in the Indiana Territory in the early 1800s, and meet two boys whose cross-cultural friendship is threatened by war. Acclaimed author Helen Frost will join the meeting. After discussion and Q & A, families will get to visit the galleries and explore artifacts from the War of 1812, including a model ship with a fascinating past.
Helen Frost brings us a rare story, written completely in verse, of two boys growing up in the Indiana Territory in 1812. Anikwa and James’ worlds are the same and totally different. Both twelve years old, love to hunt and explore the natural world. But when burgeoning war between America and Great Britain occurs in their backyard at Fort Wayne, precious trade commodities like salt become scarce, threatening the lives of Anikwa’s Miami tribe and white settlers like James. Frost shows us how the War of 1812 divided native and settler communities who had enjoyed a brief period of mutual dependence, and gives readers a peek at a conflict rarely explored in schools.
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.