Reading into History

"In addition to the self esteem this opportunity provided, [this program] was of enormous educational value. . .Reading these books has really given us a springboard to explore. . .important time periods in history."
-AM, parent

Reading Into History
Ages 9 – 12

Love reading books about the people and places in American history? Want to discuss them with other history fans and their authors? Want to explore real museum artifacts from the time you've been reading about? Then Reading into History is a family book club for history detectives like you.

Each month families read an historical fiction or nonfiction book at home. 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 original documents that bring the book to life; and meet other history detectives, authors, and other special guests! Past author guests have included Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Phillip Hoose, Kirby Larson, Tim Tingle and Avi, just to name a few! Readers can also check out author interviews on our History Detectives blog.

Book wraps are held on Sundays from 2-4 pm most months except July. See our family programs calendar for exact dates for each wrap. Want to join the book club email list? email to sign up and get monthly updates.


Sunday, February 10, 2-4 pm

Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl
by Tonya Bolden

Author Tonya Bolden joins us to discuss her memoir of Maritcha Rémond Lyons, a striking portrait of a free-born  African American girl living in 19th-century New York. Ask questions about her research and writing and discuss topics throughout the story, then afterwards Bolden will join us on a special guided group tour of our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.

Through an exploration of Maritcha Lyons’ life in New York—including her father’s activism and her family’s response to the New York City Draft Riots—Bolden not only writes a compelling biography of a mostly forgotten historical figure, but also paints a striking picture of New York before, during, and after the Civil War. 



Click here to view a list of our past Book Club books


If your family loves American history, visit our History Detectives blog! You'll learn about upcoming family programs, read interviews with book club authors and other experts, and get a family-friendly perspective on our Museum collections and historical topics. Go to the Blog!

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