History of Ice Cream

Thu, July 4th, 2013 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All ages. Free with Museum admission.
I scream, you scream! Come explore the history of this sweet treat in the United States and help us crank up batches of 17th century "icey creams." Families will smell unfamiliar flavors, use nineteenth-century ice tongs, nip and grind a sugarloaf, and handle a "penny lick" cup in addition to hand-cranking and tasting some old-fashioned ice cream.

Reading into History Book Wrap: Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered

Barry Denenberg
Sun, April 14th, 2013 | 3:00 pm

Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered

Sunday, April 14, 3 pm

Ages 9 - 12

Explore Lincoln's life and death at this Book Wrap on April 14th, the 148th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, with author Barry Denenberg. We'll have a discussion, Q&A, and see Lincoln-related objects in the museum's collection. Don't forget to get your book signed!

About Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered

Animals Alive! with Mr. Zelenka

Jerry Zelenka
Sun, April 21st, 2013 | 1:30 pm

The wonders of nature are a touch away when you are introduced to the world of animals by Jerry Zelenka. While blending excitement and surprise with care and understanding, Mr. Zelenka helps audiences of all ages develop an appreciation for all living things—from the ordinary to the exotic!

Celebrate Earth Day during this hour-long program at the New-York Historical Society. The audience is encouraged to touch and pet a variety of animals, including birds, lizards, tarantulas, alligators and snakes!

Wuthering Heights (1939)

Catherine Wyler
Lesley Stahl
Fri, April 19th, 2013 | 7:00 pm


Admission to the film programs is free in conjunction with New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).

Macy's Sunday Story Time: Memorial Day

Sun, May 26th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7.

Watching the Memorial Day parade with his mother, Marco wishes that his abuelo were there to enjoy the celebration. After all, his grandfather is a veteran, and the parade is in his honor! Join us to learn what surprise Marco’s mother and grandfather have in store for him!

Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Golding

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.

Macy's Sunday Story Time: Magic

Matt Wayne
Sun, May 19th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7.

Learning and performing magic tricks is tough—but when the going got tough, Houdini didn’t quit! He followed his dreams to become the best escape artist and moved to New York City. After reading about Houdini’s life and performances, consider staying at the museum and learning magic tricks of your own from celebrity magician Matt Wayne.

Houdini: World's Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King by Kathleen Krull

David Grover Sings The Standards

David Grover
Sun, May 5th, 2013 | 12:30 pm


Welcome spring with this fun family concert! Folk singer and children’s musician David Grover will entertain participants, young and old, in this concert of American standards, as well as some of David’s favorite songs for kids.


Free with Museum admission; no separate tickets or reservations are needed. This concert will be held in the large Smith Auditorium.

Please contact familyprograms@nyhistory.org for more information or clarification.


A Journey with Purpose: Gail Becker, Joshua Miller, and Facing History and Ourselves

Gail Becker
Joshua Miller
Sun, April 7th, 2013 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sunday, April 7, 12:30 pm
Strongly recommended for ages 9 and up

How can we talk about the toughest parts of our history with our children? To mark Yom haShoah this unique intergenerational family program presents the award winning 2012 short film, A Journey with Purpose, which documents three generations of the Becker family on their return to Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will be joined by the film maker, Gail Becker, and her son Joshua, as well as the organization Facing History and Ourselves.

Camp History

March 25 through 28, 9am–4pm

Mon, March 25th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue, March 26th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed, March 27th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu, March 28th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

March 25 through 28, 9am–4pm


Mostly Magic with Matt Wayne

Matt Wayne

Sundays, March 3, 10, April 21, May 19, 1pm

Sun, March 3rd, 2013 | 1:00 pm
Sun, March 10th, 2013 | 1:00 pm
Sun, April 21st, 2013 | 1:00 pm
Sun, May 19th, 2013 | 1:00 pm


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