Living History Days, 10 am - 5 pm: Do you want to know what life was like in 1776? Bring your family and join the New-York Historical Society as we celebrate the founding of our nation! Speak with Benjamin Franklin firsthand about his experiments with lightning and electricity, his inventions, his involvement with Congress in drafting the Declaration of Independence, and more! Meet members of the Continental unit, the 2nd New York Provincial Battalion, and learn about the battles that won America’s independence. Listen to the fun and interactive stories and songs about eighteenth-century life from the Hudson River Ramblers, who will be entertaining visitors throughout the museum galleries, and performing in the DiMenna Children's History Museum at 12 pm and 3 pm.
Presidential Scavenger Hunt, 11 am - 5 pm: We don’t know if George Washington had a cat, but we do know he had a cot and we’ve got it! Find amazing memorabilia when we let you loose in the museum! Prizes for participation and everyone can enter our Liberty the Dog raffle! Ages 4 and up.
Fireworks Painting, 12 pm - 4 pm: Light up the night by creating your own fireworks painting, and learn the history behind fireworks and the Fourth of July.
Also, don't miss the rare copy of the “Stone” facsimile of the Declaration of Independence —one of approximately fifty in existence—on display through July 15!
About the Performers
Benjamin Franklin endures as one of the most iconic and revered of the founding fathers. As a prolific inventor, scientist, diplomat and statesman, Franklin left his handprint on the early years of the United States. Jack Sherry portrays Franklin in order to entertain and educate the public about Franklin’s role in American history, including his various experiments concerning electricity and his signing of the Declaration of Independence. Celeste Sherry portrays Franklin’s wife, Deborah Read Franklin.
The 2nd New York Provincial Battalion was raised in 1775 and composed of various volunteer companies previously formed by the Albany County Committee of Safety. After defending Fort Ticonderoga near Lake Champlain, the Battalion participated in the Invasion of Canada alongside Colonel Peter Gansevoort and General Richard Montgomery. The regiment also participated in several victories in the struggle for
independence, including the Battles of Saratoga, the Battle of Monmouth and the Battle of Yorktown.
The Hudson River Ramblers, comprised of storyteller Jonathan Kruk and folk balladeer Rich Bala, have been rambling the villages and valleys of the Hudson River and beyond for twenty years. Through period songs and authentic storytelling, this duo turns the region’s history and heritage into lively performances that dramatizes the Hudson’s critical role in the forging of our nation. Jonathan Kruk, selected “Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley,” is known for dramatic performances, including “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Rich Bala, a leading expert of Hudson River songs, has appeared at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown and the New England Folk Festival, among other venues.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
For More Information
Please contact the Department of Public Programs at (212) 485-9205 for more information about this program.