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WHAT: The New-York Historical Society is pleased to offer a large and diverse selection of activities for the whole family in February 2013 that are designed to make history come alive. This exciting series of programs take place at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum—the first-ever children’s museum bringing American history to life through the lives and times of children of the past.

Family program highlights in February 2013 include a demonstration on the history of chocolate, a book club discussion with an archeologist about the African burial grounds in New York City, a World War II writing workshop co-presented with Writopia Lab, a Spanish-language gallery studio program, and school vacation week programming.

Currently on view at New-York Historical Society are the special exhibitions WWII & NYC, Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School, and John Rogers: American Stories. All New-York Historical Society exhibitions are family-friendly and are the inspiration for the broad range of family learning program offerings.

WHEN: February 1, 2013 through February 28, 2013 (specific program dates/times listed below)

WHERE: All family programs take place at the New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West between West 76th and West 77th Streets

HOW: To RSVP for a family program please e-mail: familyprograms@nyhistory.org

INFO: For more information on family programs and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, please call (212) 485-9293 or visit www.DimennaChildrensHistoryMuseum.org


Little New-Yorkers
Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26 and Fridays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 3:30–4:15pm
Ages 3–5, no preregistration required, free with Museum Admission, at Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library
This program introduces New York and American history to the littlest New Yorkers with age-appropriate themes and engaging hands-on activities. Each class includes story readings, time with historic toys, free exploration, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, and a related craft project.

Cross-Stitch Circle
Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 3:30–5:30pm
Ages 6 and up, no preregistration required, free with Museum Admission, at Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library
Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world—and make a handcrafted gift for someone! Beginning cross stitchers and younger children will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers and older children and adults can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs.

Hablemos De La Historia Y Del Arte: Las Esculturas De John Rogers
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 2pm
Ages 4–10, RSVP required, $5 per person, includes Museum admission
Families look, discuss, and create in this Spanish-language monthly family program, combining time in the galleries with art-making in the studios. In February, families will explore John Rogers: American Stories, the special exhibition on the renowned American sculptor who sculpted scenes from everyday American life, Shakespearean characters, and political figures. After the conversations in the galleries, families will be inspired to create their own sculptures in the studio.

Presidents in Residence! February School
Daily Saturday, February 16 through Tuesday, February 19, 2013
10am–6pm; Family Presidents’ Quiz at 2pm
Families explore, learn, and compete together in these presidential family programs. They will search for presidential clues on the whole-museum scavenger hunt; create an election slogan to print onto their own election button; and take part in the family Presidents’ quiz, with questions for children, teens, and adults and prizes for participation and for winning.

The History Of Chocolate With American Heritage Chocolate®
Monday, February 18, 2013, 12pm–4pm, at the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History
Free with Museum admission
See, smell, and taste colonial hot chocolate—watch as American Heritage Chocolate® educators grind cocoa beans, add spices like red pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon, and heat up hot chocolate to taste.

World War II Writing Workshop For Kids And Teens
Monday, February 18, and Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 10am–3pm
Ages 10–18, Registration required, $395
Spend the Presidents' Day holiday in a special workshop taking advantage of the incredible stories from the World War II era. New-York Historical Society and Writopia Lab educators will lead age-based groups through this fascinating history, inspiring their short fiction, poetry and other forms of writing.

Reading Into History Book Wrap: Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence – Meet The Author!
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 3pm at the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library
Ages 9 – 12, RSVP suggested, free with Museum admission
Read Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground in honor of African-American History Month and then come to the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library for this special event with co-author and urban archaeologist Gary McGowan. Family participants will discuss the book, ask the author questions, and see African-American related objects from the New-York Historical Society’s collection.

About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club
Each month, families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book, participate in online discussions with authors, educators, and other families, and visit the History Detectives blog. At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event, where they share reactions to the book, see related museum artifacts and documents, meet other History Detectives and even the authors. Past authors have included Walter Dean Myers, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.


Sundays, at 11:30am
Recommended for children ages 4 to 7, at the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library
Each week, New-York Historical Society educators read engaging picture books around a central theme related to New York City, American history, current holidays, or new exhibitions, allowing young children to hear tales of New York and learn about the city’s history.
Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Time provided by the Macy's Foundation.

Macy’s Sunday Story Time: Groundhog Day
February 3, 2013, 11:30am
Every year, Staten Island Chuck gets nervous because so many people expect him to predict the weather! To make matters worse, his rival Punxsutawney Phil disagrees with him. Hear the heartwarming tale about self-confidence and friendship – a New-York Historical Society exclusive illustrated story called Staten Island Chuck’s Big Day.

Macy’s Sunday Story Time: Chinese New Year
February 10, 2013, 11:30am
Imagine going for a stroll through Chinatown – what would you see, smell, and hear? Share your favorite things about Chinatown and Gung hay fat choy ( “Happy New Year!” in Chinese) with William Low’s Chinatown.

Macy’s Sunday Story Time: Presidents’ Day
February 17, 2013, 11:30am
When Mrs. Madoff’s class decides to hold an assembly about Presidents’ Day, everyone in class helps set up and perform a grand play. Discover why we celebrate the holiday and then act as George Washington in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum after reading Presidents’ Day by Anne Rockwell.

Macy’s Sunday Story Time: Celebrate Purim
February 24, 2013, 11:30am
Naomi just moved into a new apartment in the city and is feeling grumpy. She wonders why her mother wants to celebrate Purim with complete strangers and is worried that her mother forgot her seventh birthday. Find out what surprises are in store in Lesley Simpson’s The Purim Surprise.

For more family programs, visit http://www.nyhistory.org/programs/family-programs


The DiMenna Children’s History Museum is a museum-within-a-museum and occupies the New-York Historical Society’s entire lower level. It covers 350 years of New York and American history and includes character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. Families explore and learn together, through visiting the museum and participating in intergenerational family learning programs. All ages can enjoy and learn in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, but the exhibits are targeted at age 8-13.

Kids’ Clubhouse Online
Check out our online interactive site for families and kids ages 6 and up. In the clubhouse, kids play online history games (Sloppy Copy and Meet the People of New Amsterdam); log-in, save earned points, and decorate your clubhouse. In History Detectives – New-York Historical’s blog for kids – catch up on cool historical objects and facts, and read interviews with authors.

New-York Historical Society is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; and the 2009 exhibition Lincoln and New York. Supporting these exhibitions and related educational programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

On view through May 27, 2013, New-York Historical Society is presenting WWII & NYC, a major new exhibition on the most widespread, destructive, and consequential conflict in history. WWII & NYC restores to memory New York’s crucial and multifaceted role in winning the war, and commemorates the 900,000 New Yorkers who served in the military while also exploring the many ways in which those who remained on the home front contributed to the national war effort.


Tuesday- Thursday: 10 am–6 pm
Friday: 10 am–8 pm (pay-as-you-wish from 6 pm–8 pm)
Saturday: 10 am–6 pm
Sunday: 11 am–5 pm

Adults- $15
Teachers and Seniors- $12
Students- $10
Children (5-13) - $5
Children (4 and under)- free

Laura Washington
New-York Historical Society
(212) 873-3400 x263

Sarah Buffum
Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors
(212) 715-1594

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