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Family Programs

Reading into History @ Home: Last of the Name
​Join us online! | Sunday, May 17 | 2-3 pm

Free; ages 9-12

One of this year’s finalists for the annual Children’s History Book Prize, Last of the Name 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. Join us on Zoom and chat with author Rosanne Parry, who’ll log on remotely, and discover primary sources from New-York Historical’s collection that bring the story to life.

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Get ready for the book club with these extra activities:

Immerse yourself in the Celtic spirit and listen to folk songs played by author Rosanne Parry’s harp teacher. What is the connection between the book and Parry learning to play the harp?

Check out our History Detectives interview with Rosanne Parry. Also: read our post about the New York City Draft Riots, a historic event depicted in Last of the Name

Explore this primary source from the 1860s about entertainer Tony Pastor. Pastor was like a real-life Big Al from the novel, a theater owner and singer. The lyrics of the songs performed during his shows were published in small “songsters” and given to the audience. Then, they could sing along to the music and walk away with a souvenir! Have you ever seen a modern-day version of a “songster?”

Read passenger lists of real-life immigrants who arrived at Castle Garden (where Kathleen and Danny O’Carolan arrive!) and Ellis Island in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Make 19th century sweet treats following very old recipes! Each week, New-York Historical presents a new Recipe of the Week from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library’s historic cookbook collection. Many of the recipes date from the same period as when Kathleen and Danny arrived in New York City. Want a little extra guidance? Join us on May 20, when Living History coordinator Cheyney McKnight makes a batch of jumbles, or spiced cookies, live during our virtual family program.

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




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