Macy's Sunday Story Time: Meet Emma!

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Sun, 03/30/2014 - 11:30
Sun, March 30th, 2014 | 11:30 am

Recommended for ages 3–7. 

Special for Women’s History Month
How did a Jewish girl from New York City get her poem etched onto the Statue of Liberty? Hear the story of Emma Lazarus and discover the inspiration for her famous poem, The New Colossus.

Emma’s Poem by Linda Glaser

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.

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

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Enlightening the World

Sun, 08/11/2013 - 11:30
Sun, August 11th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7.

Hear the Statue of Liberty speak through Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus,” and discover why Emma’s poem was so important to the statue’s construction!

Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser

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


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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Hit the Road

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 11:30
Sun, June 9th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7. Free with Museum admission.

Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children. Themes are related to New York and American history, current holidays, and New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

Put New York in your rear-view mirror, and rhyme your way across the country with Jack Kerouac as he answers the call to “Hit the Road!”

Hit the Road, Jack by Robert Burleigh


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Beastly Rhymes with Author Robert Forbes: Celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month!

Robert Forbes
Sun, 04/21/2013 - 12:30
Sun, April 21st, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Sunday, April 21, 2013; 12:30 pm
Ages 4 - 8

Who will win the inchworm sprint? Will the egret find his way out? And can you find the mouse hiding in each illustration? Join author Robert Forbes as he reads his animal poems and meet his beastly menagerie! His books Let’s Have a Bite and Beastly Feasts introduce children to the wonders and playfulness of rhyming poetry. The illustrations by Ronald Searle are filled with energy and detail—a little mouse hides in each one!

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Two-Day WWII Writing Workshop for Kids and Teens

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 10:00 to 15:00
Mon, February 18th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tue, February 19th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm


Monday, February 18, and Tuesday, February 19, 2013


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Heart of Haiti: Music and Spoken Word

Tiga Jean-Baptiste
Millery Polyné
Gina Athena Ulysse
Fri, 01/20/2012 - 19:30
Fri, January 20th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

Bank of America Presents the Friday Free Performance Series at the New-York Historical Society


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A free performance of music and spoken word from the heart of Haiti, organized in conjunction with the Symposium, "The Age of Revolution: A Whole History." Musical performance: Tiga Jean-Baptiste & Tchaka, Spoken word performances: Millery Polyné and Gina Athena Ulysse.

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The broadside collection spans the late-17th through the 21st centuries, and includes advertisements for products, services and entertainments; notices of property sales; transcriptions of public speeches; campaign announcements; calls to arms; warnings about epidemics; song lyrics and poetry. Through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all 18,000 broadsides are catalogued in the Library’s online catalog.


It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus

November 25, 2011
January 08, 2012

Though legend has it that Santa Claus hails from the North Pole, he was actually a New Yorker who came into the world on West 23rd Street in what is now the trendy Chelsea neighborhood.

Thomas Nast and George Webster. Santa Claus and his works. New York: McLoughlin Bros., ca 1870. New-York Historical Society, YC1870.Web.

The modern Santa was born in the imagination of Clement Clarke Moore, a scholar who penned a whimsical poem about St. Nicholas, the patron of old Dutch New York, for the amusement of his six children at Christmastime. Soon after the publication of "A Visit from St. Nicholas"—popularly known today by its opening line, "Twas the night before Christmas…""—St. Nicholas became a popular feature of American Christmas celebrations. Moore's poem permanently connected St. Nicholas to Christmas, and led to our idea of Santa Claus.

Santa's popularity, appearance and many of the holiday traditions that surround him owe much to the imaginative work of two other New Yorkers: Washington Irving, the creator of Knickerbocker's History of New York, and Thomas Nast, an artist whose drawings of Santa were reproduced all over the country in the years following the Civil War.

To celebrate the winter season, the New-York Historical Society is presenting It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus, an installation tracing the modern image of Santa Claus, the red-suited, pot-bellied descendant of the medieval bishop St. Nicholas of Myra, which emerged only decades after the first Congress met in 1788 in Federal Hall in New York.  The exhibition features Robert Weir's 1837 painting of a rather sly St. Nicholas and Thomas Nast's Harper's Weekly cartoons of Santa. Clement Clarke Moore's desk is on display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.


 Video excerpt: The Santa Files with John Sergant (c) 2010 Fine Stripe Productions.

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