Ticket price includes Museum admission; recommended for ages 7 and up
DiMenna Children's History Museum is back with in-person programming! How did American women get the right to vote? Join our Historical interpreters in the Museum to discover the many different methods used by suffragists such as Alice Paul, Frances Harper, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to push their government and fellow citizens to recognize their right to vote.
Celebrate food and family with us this 4th of July! Explore historical and family recipes as well as Independence Day trivia during our cook-along. From (veggie) burgers to 17th-century ice cream to dumplings, share our gratitude for the rich array of foods families make when they gather. We’ll be cooking during the program, and hope you can choose a recipe below to cook along with us!
Take a virtual field trip to Genesee Country Village & Museum—the largest and most comprehensive living history museum in New York State—to explore how some African American New Yorkers would have celebrated the end of slavery. Living History Coordinator Cheyney McKnight, along with Historical Helper Millen Shiffer, prepare a celebration feast on a wood burning stove in one of the historic buildings at GCVM. Learn how to make treats like strawberry pie, sweet tea, and other kid-friendly recipes.
What did a historical Juneteenth celebration look like? Find out how people across the country celebrated Juneteenth and Freedom Day in the late 19th century. Find out how to set your Juneteenth table, and what to do with the decorations you made. Then, settle in to learn songs traditionally sung at Juneteenth celebrations!
Discover Juneteenth, the annual celebration of the end of American chattel slavery on June 19, 1865. Explore its origins, how it has changed over time, and the many local traditions connected with the holiday. Listen to narratives of formerly enslaved persons as they describe how they learned about the end of slavery. And: Learn how to make a Juneteenth flag and other festive decorations!
Materials needed: construction paper (preferably red, green, black), markers, tape, unsharpened pencil or other small wooden stick
Get ready for Pinkster, an African American festival celebrated in Dutch New York and rooted in the Christian feast of Pentecost. Watch historical interpreters prepare a meal for Pinkster over an open fire and then join us in finding out what items and foods would have been present at the festival.
Join us to learn about newspapers serving Black communities during the age of Jim Crow. Discover the techniques of reporting used by Black journalists such as Ida B. Wells, then take a close look at articles from Black and white American newspapers.
Have you ever wondered how people did laundry in the time before there was running water or electricity? In honor of National Laundry Day, learn how people in the 18th century cleaned their linens. Then, join us while we do a load of laundry, 18th-century style!