Family Programs

Reading into History: The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
Cynthia DeFelice via Skype
Sunday, January 6th, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9-12

Join us and author Cynthia DeFelice via Skype to discuss her novel about a boy who explores a shocking experimental cure for a disease that has ravaged his town in 1849. After the discussion, explore disease and medicine before germ theory.

About The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
Named Bank Street’s Best Books 2008, this novel follows 12-year-old Lucas Whitaker on a mission to save his town from being consumed by a terrifying illness aptly called consumption. Lucas joins the town in a bizarre procedure that some believe will be the only cure for this mystifying disease. But Lucas finds himself at odds with his mentor, Doc Beecher (who is also the town barber, dentist, and undertaker). Loss, grief, and budding medical science confront each other in this fascinating tale that shows readers what it was like to confront sickness in the days before anyone knew what germs were.

Accessing the Book:
The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker will be available for purchase from the NYHistory Store at

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