Whaling used to be big business in the United States- and it was extremely dangerous. Come discuss the amazing rescue of hundreds of men whose ice-encrusted whaling ships left them trapped in the arctic for the harsh winter of 1897. What it took to get these men to safety is almost unbelievable. At the meeting, we will discuss the history of the whaling industry through our amazing Museum collections. Ages 9-12.
About The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure
Eight whaling ships encased in ice off Alaska's coast. 300 stranded men. One of the coldest winters ever. Brave rescuers achieving the impossible...with the help of two herds reindeer. In this gripping work of non-fiction, Sandler shows us the almost unbelievable dangers faced by both those stranded and those who fought to save them. Martin Sandler's deft use of primary sources brings the story alive through photographs, diary entries, and other texts from the time. One would expect no less of an author who has been nominated for two Pullitzer Prizes and has won multiple Emmys and a Boston Globe Horn Book Award.
About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book and then meet at the Museum to dive into the history behind it. Get ideas for discussion, ask authors questions, and visit the History Detectives blog! At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, meet other history detectives, and even the authors! Past authors have included Walter Dean Myers, Enrique Flores-Galbis, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.
About the History Detectives blog
Hear from book club authors, find out about some do-it-yourself projects, and learn about all the cool stuff in the New-York Historical Society's collection at this blog for young historians! New content each week, this blog is written for parents and kids.