Family Programs

Family Program
Reading into History: The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
Sunday, December 20th, 2015 | 2:00 pm

You probably know about Lincoln’s assassination, but you may not know about an earlier attempt on Lincoln’s life that was foiled by the Pinkerton Detective Agency with the help of its star detective, Kate Warne. Come learn about America’s first female P.I. and the antics of her fictional niece, Nell, who solves her own mysteries. After discussion with author Kate Hannigan, families will explore artifacts related to the Pinkerton Detective Agency in our Patricia Klingenstein Library.

About The Detective’s Assistant

Orphaned Cornelia is clearly not wanted by her Aunt Kitty as this thrilling novel begins. However, young Nell proves herself quite useful to her detective aunt, the real-life Kate Warne, in uncovering some of the richest and most dangerous criminal activity of the Antebellum period. Through Nell and her best friend Jemma, who escaped slavery by fleeing to Canada via the Underground Railroad, we learn about mysteries in Nell’s own life. This fast-paced, exiting novel is a historical caper sure to make best-of-the-year lists.                           

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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