Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9-12 and their adults
Come discuss the winner of this year’s New-York Historical Society’s Children’s History Book Prize! Our discussion will weave through the stories of three families living during the Great Depression and WWII whose lives are connected by a special harmonica. Marilyn Kushner, Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, and Michael Ryan, Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, will join us to lead families through the exhibition Anti-Semitism, 1919-1939 and other book-related artifacts from our special collections library.
Echo beautifully weaves together the individual stories of a boy in Germany during the early 1930s, two orphans in Pennsylvania during the mid-1930s, and a girl in California in the early 1940s as the same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges—rescuing a father from the Nazis, keeping a brother out of an orphanage, and protecting the farm of a Japanese family during internment—until their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Every month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home, and then attend a Book Wrap event, where they share reactions to the book, see cool Museum artifacts and documents related to the story, 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.