N-Y Historical Society Announces December 2012 Programs

N-Y Historical Society Announces December 2012 Programs

N-Y Historical Society has announced the following upcoming events:

December Family Programs:

AT THE KIDS’ TABLE: CORNELIA VAN VARICK’S HOLIDAY KITCHEN
Saturday December 1, 2012 2:00 pm -- 4:00 pm

Ages 8 and up

RSVP required, $10 materials fee

Dutch families in New Amsterdam were known for all the delicious food they made at the holidays -- can you imagine all the good smells that would have come out of the kitchen? In this family activity, we'll explore the 17th century kitchen of Cornelia van Varick as she prepares traditional food for the holidays. We'll use sugar nippers and grind spices by hand, as well as lift a huge dutch oven. Then, we'll cook together, and you'll get to make two Dutch treats for the New Year: orange caraway cookies and fried doughnuts. contact familyprograms@nyhistory.org to reserve your spots.

DECEMBER READING INTO HISTORY WRAP EVENT: KING OF MULBERRY STREET
Ages 9 - 12

Sunday, December 2, 2012 3:30 pm -- 5:00 pm

King of Mulberry Street by Donna Jo Napoli

Read The King of Mulbery Street and then join author Donna Jo Napoli and other families at the Book Wrap event to discuss the book, ask the author questions, and see related objects from the New-York Historical Society’s collection.

About Reading into History Book Club:

Each month families read a historical fiction book and participate in on-line discussions with authors, educators, and other families. Get ideas for discussion, ask authors questions, and respond to other book club members’ posts! At the end of each month families can attend a Book Wrap event, where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum objects and documents related to the story, and meet other historical fiction fans!

About The King of Mulberry Street

Dom is nine years old and does not speak a word of English. After his mother puts him on a ship bound for New York City, he realizes he has to learn fast in order to survive life on the streets. He has no money or food; his one possession is a brand new pair of shoes. Follow Dom through Manhattan's Five Points, once the most dangerous neighborhood in New York, as he makes friends, makes trouble, and then learns to makes ends meet.

HABLEMOS DE LA HISTORIA: FAMILY ART MAKING
Saturday, December 8 2012 2:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission, for ages 7 and Up

Look, imagine, draw and create—in Spanish! Spanish-speaking families explore history through art making in this educator-lEd Gallery and studio program. Educator Rosa Tejada leads a new program each month that invites families to participate in an enriching, hands-on learning experience and leads children and adults through conversations in the galleries and art making in the studio.

ALL ABOARD: HISTORIC TRAINS AND TOYS WEEKEND

Saturday December 15 and Sunday December 16, 2012 1 – 3pm

Free with Museum admission, ages 4 and up

After visiting the Holiday Express exhibition of historic trains and toys, families will create train-inspired art, hear tales of the rails, and learn about the history of trains and train collecting.

CROSS-STITCH CIRCLE
Thursdays December 6, 13, 20, 27 2012 3:30-5:30 pm

No preregistration required. Free with Museum Admission.

Ages 6 and up

Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world.

LITTLE NEW-YORKERS
Tuesdays, December 4, 11, 18, 25 2012 Fridays, December 7, 14, 21, 28 2012 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Free with Museum Admission, for ages 3 – 5

Each class will include story readings, time with historic toys, free exploration, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, and time in DCHM OR a craft project. The time in DCHM/craft project will alternate each week.

Holiday Express: Can You Spot It?

November 23, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Spot the intricate details in these amazing model train scenes, composed of miniature trains, stations, people, and decorations made by the Märklin model train company. Can you spot the refreshment stand? The station clock? How many train cars are pulling into the train station? Bring the whole family, pick up your hunt, and see who can spot the most!

School Vacation Week:

WWII & NYC: DECEMBER SCHOOL VACATION WEEK
Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Family Gallery Cards: all day

Special activities: 2pm

Ages 8 and Up; except Dance Your Bobby Socks Off, all ages

See 1940s New York City through the eyes of kids! WWII & NYC family gallery cards all day, with special programming each day at 2 pm.

The family gallery cards, Walk in My Shoes, guide families through the exhibition through the eyes of a fictional young New Yorker. In Code Breakers! learn and practice wartime code making techniques. Keep your eyes peeled for WWII planes in Plane Spotting Bingo. Learn a few new steps in Dance Your Bobby Socks Off! for your New Year’s Eve parties with Jitterbug and Lindy hop lessons.

December 27, 2 pm: Code Breakers!
December 28, 2 pm: Plane Spotting Bingo
December 29 and 30, 2 pm: Dance Your Bobby Socks Off! Swing Dance
December 31, 2 pm: Code Breakers!
January 1, 2 pm: Plane Spotting Bingo

Sunday Story Hour:

Sundays, 11:30 am

Recommended for ages 4 – 7

Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children.

SUNDAY STORY HOUR: EDISON’S INVENTIONS
December 2, 2012 11:30 am
Have you ever tried inventing something new? Just 132 years ago in December, Thomas Edison demonstrated the incandescent light bulb. Edison invented many other things in his laboratory in New Jersey, and his first company, based in New York City, still exists today: Con Edison! Share your wild ideas and learn how Edison turned his ideas into reality in Gene Barretta’s Timeless Thomas. Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta

SUNDAY STORY HOUR: HANUKKAH
December 9, 2012 11:30 am
Mindy’s family isn’t the average New York City family—they’re tiny! Living behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, Mindy’s family has learned how to use objects from our world in their home, including candles for Hanukkah. But what happens when the synagogue gets a cat? Mindy and her family have to adapt in order to save the holiday! When Mindy Saved Hanukkah by Eric Kimmel

SUNDAY STORY HOUR: COLONIAL TEA PARTY
December 16 11:30 am
On December 16th, 239 years ago, a group of people destroyed over 90,000 pounds of tea in protest of the British tax policy and monopoly on tea. We often learn about the Boston Tea party, but who were the Sons of Liberty? Hear the opinions of different Patriots in Kay Winters’ book Colonial Voices. Colonial Voices: Hear them Speak by Kay Winters

SUNDAY STORY HOUR: ST.NICHOLAS VISITS FOR CHRISTMAS
December 23 11:30 am
Twas story hour at the New-York Historical Society and not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse! That’s because everyone loves listening to this classic Christmas poem. After reading about old St. Nick, head upstairs to view the desk where Clement Clark Moore may have written A Visit from St. Nicholas.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Matt Tavares

SUNDAY STORY HOUR: NEW YEAR IN NEW YORK CITY
December 30 11:30 am
The best way to start a new year is surrounded by friends! Cecil the snake wants to be at the same party as all of his friends, but the invitations say that guests should wear shoes. Come to story hour to find out the important lesson that Cecil learns during his quest for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit.

Cecil’s New Year’s Eve Tail by Marie Fritz Perry

More Family Programs:

FAMILY CLUBHOUSE AT DIMENNACHILDRENSHISTORYMUSEUM.ORG

On-line interactive site for families and kids ages 8 – 12

Play our on-line games:

Sloppy Copy

Meet New Amsterdam

Catch up on history through our blog;

Hear about this month’s historical fiction read.

Post drawings, ask questions, check out what other kids are creating—all inspired by the objects and documents at the New-York Historical Society. Created by educators and historians, this is a clubhouse for history fans!

INFORMATION HOTLINE:

To reach Museum’s offices call: (212) 873-3400

ONLINE INFORMATION:

www.nyhistory.org

For more information on DiMenna Children’s History Museum programs call: (212) 485-9293

To RSVP for an Education program above please email: familyprograms@nyhistory.org

MUSEUM AND STORE HOURS:

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

MUSEUM ADMISSION:

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

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