Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with our October read, Sylvia & Aki!. Log in via Zoom, meet author Winifred Conkling, and discuss the true story of Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu, two third graders living in California during World War II. When Aki’s family is forced to leave their home in Westminster, CA, for an internment camp in Arizona, Sylvia and her family move into the farmhouse. In her new town, Sylvia becomes the center of a landmark legal case that desegregated schools for Latinx children. Join us to discuss how these two girls' lives intersect, ask the author questions, and see related primary sources from our collection.
Explore the history of schools in Japanese internment camps in a special History Detectives post.
New-York Historical is now open to visitors—learn more. The DiMenna Children's History Museum remains temporarily closed.