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Reading into History

"In addition to the self esteem this opportunity provided, [this program] was of enormous educational value. . .Reading these books has really given us a springboard to explore. . .important time periods in history."
-AM, parent

Reading Into History
Ages 9 – 12

Do you love reading books about the people and places in American history? Do you want to discuss them with their authors and other history fans and explore real museum artifacts? Then Reading into History is a family book club for history detectives like you.

The Museum is temporarily closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19, but the book club is still meeting online. Every other Sunday, families can attend a virtual book discussion where they share reactions to the book; see cool museum artifacts and original documents that bring the book to life; and meet other history detectives, authors, and special guests! Past authors have included Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Phillip Hoose, Kirby Larson, Tim Tingle and Avi, just to name a few! 

Email familyprograms@nyhistory.org to sign up for our book club email list. Readers can also check out author interviews on our History Detectives blog.


April 19, 2020 | 2 - 3 pm 

This Promise of Change

An autobiographical account written in verse, it tells the story of Jo Ann Allen and 12 classmates who were part of an early effort to desegregate schools in the South. Authors Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy log on remotely to share personal anecdotes and describe what it was like to collaborate.



May 3, 2020 | 2 - 3 pm 

Fighting for the Forest

Author P. O’Connell Pearson joins us remotely to talk about her book that explores the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a work relief program for young men during the Depression.




May 17, 2020 | 2 - 3 pm 

Last of the Name

Written by Rosanne Parry, this novel follows 12-year-old Danny O’Carolan and his sister, Kathleen, who move to New York City from Ireland in 1863 at the height of the Civil War. 




May 31, 2020 | 2 - 3 pm 

Never Caught, The Story of Ona Judge

A novel by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve, Never Caught tells the real-life story of a woman enslaved by President George Washington and his wife Martha, who escaped to freedom when she was 22. 






What made John and Abigail Adams' marriage such a powerful one? Listen as New-York Historical President and CEO Louise Mirrer talks to David Bruce Smith, author of the illustrated book Abigail & John, about the remarkable, egalitarian union between the President and First Lady.




If your family loves American history, visit our History Detectives blog! You'll learn about upcoming family programs, read interviews with book club authors and other experts, and get a family-friendly perspective on our Museum collections and historical topics. Go to the Blog!

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