About the DiMenna Children's History Museum

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society presents 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. The DiMenna Children's History Museum encourages families to explore history together through permanent installations targeted for children 8-13 and a wide range of family learning programs for toddlers, children and preteens.

Get to know these historical figures better! Each character pavilion combines objects, games, and information that help tell the story of each person's childhood and adulthood.

She was a daughter of the Margrieta van Varick, a textile merchant in seventeenth-century New Amsterdam, and grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

He was an orphaned and penniless immigrant from the West Indies who helped to make America "modern" as the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

James McCune Smith, later a brilliant doctor and abolitionist, was a student at the African Free School in 1824.

He was a cuban youngster who came to New York to study at what is now Fordham University, and became the first Latino to play professional baseball in the United States.

They were late nineteenth-century orphaned children transported by the Children's Aid Society via train to new homes outside New York City.

They were turn of the century newsboys and newsgirls who endured harsh working environments and fought to better themselves in industrial New York City.







Support for education initiatives at the New-York Historical Society is provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this (article, book, exhibition, film, program, database, report, Web resource), do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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