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Family Programs

Living History Days at N-YHS
Veterans Day Weekend Special Family Programs
Friday, November 11th, 2016 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free admission Friday, November 11 thanks to AT&T


Living History with the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm
All Ages
Join us to honor America's veterans by welcoming soldiers from America's revolutionary past. Meet the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot, historical reenactors portraying the Continental Army's historic “Black Regiment” that was formed in part by African or First Nation slaves. Learn how their lives were affected by military service when they joined and reinforced the regiment after a disastrous campaign in New York.  Take a close look at their uniforms and equipment or join them for an infantry drill!

Battle of Brooklyn Family Guide
All day, every day
Recommended for ages 6 and up
Before or after you meet the soldiers, immerse yourself in the beginning of the American Revolution with the aid of the Family Activity Guide to our exhibition, The Battle of Brooklyn.

Craft: Make the First Military Merit Badge!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm
All Ages
Honor heroes of the Battle of Brooklyn and other battles of the American Revolution by recreating the first American badge of military merit, devised by George Washington himself. Decorate your 1782-inspired “purple heart” merit badge and then pin it on an image of the revolutionary figure of your choice. In the process, you will learn about how our country paved the way in honoring the service of common soldiers.

Reading into History Family Book Club Special Event: Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson
Sunday, 2 – 4 pm
Recommended for Ages 9–14
 Visit the Museum on Sunday for our Reading into History Family Book Club Special Event: Ashes by  Laurie Halse Anderson, where families can fully explore the price and meaning of freedom in the  revolutionary era. Participants will have the chance to discuss Ashes, the highly-anticipated conclusion to Anderson’s “Seeds of America” trilogy (Chains, Forge) about individuals of African descent in  the  American War for Independence, with other families and the author of the acclaimed series. Free with Museum Admission, but purchasing advance tickets online or through our Call Center  is strongly  recommended. This event may sell out.

Image credit: Jean Baptiste Antoine de Verger, Soldiers in Uniform, ca. 1781–84. Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, John Hay Library, Brown University.

Please contact familyprograms@nyhistory.org for more information and pricing.




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Creative: Tronvig Group