All ages; free
Celebrate Independence Day with us and reflect on the many meanings of the holiday. We’ve got a whole day’s worth of programming planned, including a speech by Frederick Douglass delivered by historical interpreter Joel Cook, a deep dive into Jackie Robinson’s legacy of activism with the Jackie Robinson Museum, and sing-alongs that give voice to struggles and hopes throughout American history. Come together as a family and think about what the July 4th holiday means to you or your community! Check back in the coming days for more program details.
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Hablemos @ Casa: Celebrating our community by sharing our stories! / ¡Celebremos nuestra comunidad compartiendo nuestras historias!
Read Xochitl and the Flowers by Jorge Argueta, a story of a family’s move to the United States from El Salvador. Discover how their community blossoms as they put down roots by opening their own nursery in their backyard. Celebrate their family’s story and your own by creating firework art! Materials needed: a piece of paper, markers, or colored pencils
Acompañanos via Zoom enHablemos @ Casa cuando leeremos Xóchitl y las flores de Jorge Argueta. En esta historia del traslado de una familia a los Estados Unidos desde El Salvador, descubra cómo su comunidad florece a medida que echan raíces abriendo su propio vivero en su patio trasero. ¡Celebra la historia de su familia y la tuya creando arte de fuegos artificiales! Materiales necesarios: una hoja de papel, marcadores o lápices de colores.
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Sing-Along: Red, White, and Tunes!
Lift your voices and sing! Join us for a family-friendly sing-along. Sing songs that give voice to our struggles and hopes throughout American history, including: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," When the Flag Goes By," and "America We." After singing your hearts out, complete July 4th holiday-themed art activities as a family.
History Deep Dive: FAIR PLAY: Jackie Robinson – Athlete, Activist, Patriot
Join the Jackie Robinson Museum to explore Jack Roosevelt Robinson’s legacy of fighting for equality, both on and off the baseball field. While he’s more known for his heroism as the baseball player who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947, Jackie Robinson also showed great courage by standing up to unfairness and injustice throughout his life, long before and long after he was a Brooklyn Dodger. Learn about Robinson’s civil rights activism and how he pushed our nation to live up to its principles by changing minds, behaviors, and policies. We’ll look at speeches, letters, newspaper columns and photographs, after which we want to hear how you’re inspired by Robinson, and how you can embrace his legacy of speaking out about issues that are important to you! Materials needed: large piece of paper and markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Living History @ Home: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
Tune in to hear a reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech,“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by one of our historical interpreters. Douglass delivered the speech on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, and his words outline America’s continuing struggle to live up to the lofty goals it set for itself at its founding on July 4, 1776. Discuss the speech and its relevance to today with educators and other families. Then, design your own plaque to accompany the bronze statue of Douglass that welcomes visitors to the 77th St. entrance of the New-York Historical Society. Materials needed: piece of paper, pencil
Family Collaboration: Curate Your Own Museum @ Home
Create your own museum-style installation to celebrate your family! Like museums, families collect mementos and special items that tell stories. Work together to design a collection of your own to represent the individuals in your family, as well as who you are as a unit. Consider questions such as: What foods are important to our family’s culture? What objects connect us with our ancestors and their stories? How does each person in our family have their own story to tell? Educators will lead you through the steps of creating your family mini-museum and offer guidance on how to continue the process on your own.
Materials needed: cookie sheet or large tray, paper, markers/crayons/colored pencils, objects from around your house
Continue the celebration!
Visit our History Detectives blog to find related art activities and books.