Saturday, February 18–Sunday, February 26
Free with Museum Admission
In honor of Presidents’ Day, the New-York Historical Society is celebrating our nation’s Founding Fathers and Founding Mothers all week long!
Presidential Scavenger Hunt
Did you know George Washington had a home other than Mount Vernon? It was right here in New York City! New York was also the site of the very first presidential inauguration for the newly formed United States way back in 1789. Families will learn more fun and surprising facts as they search for objects and images on a special presidential history hunt throughout the Museum.
Daily, 1–3 pm
This week is all about celebrating the achievements of America's Founding Fathers and Mothers. Crafts include creating silly mix-and-match portraits as well as celebratory parade bunting to hang up at the Museum or to take home!
You Respond: What does We the People mean to you?
What do the first three words of the U.S. Constitution—“We the people…”—mean to you? Families are invited to reflect upon and respond to the opening words of the Constitution as we prepare to display a new sculpture by artist Nari Ward. Visit the New-York Historical Society to watch as Mr. Ward’s new monumental piece, We the People, is installed at the Museum. Then post a sticky note on our preamble wall to share what these three powerful words mean to you.
Presidential Living History
Every weekend from January 28–February 26, young visitors can meet Living Historians portraying presidents, cabinet members, first ladies, and other historical figures.
Sat, Feb 18: Meet President George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington
Sun, Feb 19: Meet President John Adams
Mon, Feb 20: Meet President Thomas Jefferson
Sat, Feb 25: Meet President James Madison and First Lady Dolly Madison
Sun Feb 26: Meet President James Monroe