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.
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?
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?”
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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