Sketching in the Galleries: The Hirschfeld Century
Sundays, August 9, 16, 23, 30, at 12:30 pm;
Wednesdays, August 12, 19, 26, at 3:30 pm
Do you know what it means to be “Hirschfelded”? In this exciting, educator-led sketching program, families will be introduced to the work of iconic portraitist Al Hirschfeld through the works exhibited in The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld. Kids will look closely at his use of expressive lines and, after a turn in the Barber’s Chair have the chance to embellish their own Hirschfeld. Ages 6 and up. Free with Museum admission.
Reading into History Teen Summer: To Kill A Mockingbird
Sunday, September 20 at 2 pm. Ages 12-16. Free with museum admission.
Read Harper Lee's classic To Kill A Mockingbird, our book club summer reading selection, and participate in the online conversation on our GoodReads page and the History Detectives blog. Over the next two months, teens and adults will read the novel join the N-YHS and Facing History & Ourselves educator-led virtual discussion. Log on to introduce yourself and engage in weekly discussions, learn about the book’s historical context, and view related artifacts from the N-YHS collection. Then join us in person for our big fall Reading Into History book club kick-off featuring special guest historians and educators, with forums, break-out sessions, and more! Co-presented by Facing History & Ourselves.
AUGUST 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30th
Living History Weekend
Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16, 11 am – 4 pm
Each weekend this summer, brigades from the American Revolution will be stationed throughout the Museum in full uniform ready to answer your questions and share their stories about life on and off the battlefield. And if you’re a revolutionary history buff, don’t miss our special installation: Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution, and the Hermione. Although a member of the French aristocracy, the Marquis de Lafayette devoted his youth to the American Revolution. He went on to play a major role in George Washington’s defeat of the British army, aiding the patriots through both diplomatic and military action. All ages. Free with Museum admission.
Macy’s Sunday Story Time
Sundays, August 9, 16, 23, 30; September 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11:30 am
From the 17th to the 21st century, through fact and fiction, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great. Ages 3 – 7. Free with Museum admission.
Under New York written by Linda Oatman High and illustrated by Robert Rayevsky Sunday, August 2 at 11:30 am: The New York City skyline is an easily recognizable sight the world over, but there is so much more to this city than the buildings above ground. Join us as we head down below street level and discover a whole other side of this bustling metropolis!
New York, Baby! by Ward Jenkins
Sunday, August 9 at 11:30 am: Come see New York through the eyes of a little boy as he spends a jam-packed day in the big city!
Blackout by John Rocco
Sunday, August 16 at 11:30 am: Can you imagine New York City without any lights? Believe it or not, The City That Never Sleeps has experienced more than one summer blackout. Find out what one family decides to do on a night the lights go out!
My Taxi Ride written by Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender and illustrated by Selina Alko
Sunday, August 23 at 11:30 am: Hail, hey, yo, ho – join us on an exhilarating taxi ride all throughout New York City!
Building Manhattan by Laura Vila
Sunday, August 30 at 11:30 am: New York City hasn’t always looked the way it does today. The island of Manhattan has changed through the centuries from a little island full of trees to a big city at the center of the world!
When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward
Sunday, September 6 at 11:30 am: Meet Blue, a kindhearted bird who comes across a most peculiar “egg” one winter’s day. Blue and Egg spend all winter together as the best of friends, but something unexpected happens when spring arrives. From the 17th to the 21st century, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great.
It’s a Book by Lane Smith
Sunday, September 13 at 11:30 am: What doesn’t need a screen name or password and is always fully charged? In this quirky story, a tech savvy donkey gets introduced to a most amazing and entertaining object – a book! From the 17th to the 21st century, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great.
Brontorina by James Howe
Sunday, September 20 at 11:30 am: Brontorina is a graceful ballerina. Brontorina is also a very large dinosaur. Where is a dinosaur to dance when ballet studios and theaters are so very small? From the 17th to the 21st century, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Sunday, September 27 at 11:30 am: Come hear the hilarious pleas of a silly pigeon who desperately wants to drive a bus! From the 17th to the 21st century, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great.
Tuesdays and Fridays
Held in the cozy Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library, this program introduces New York and American history to the littlest New Yorkers with age-appropriate readings and engaging hands-on activities. Ages 3 – 5. Free with Museum admission.
You Forgot Your Skirt Amelia Bloomer! by Shana Corey
August 11 and 14 at 3:30pm: This week we’ll find out how much fashions have changed, especially for women! We’ll learn about why women began to wear pants known as bloomers, thanks to the lovely Amelia Bloomer. Children will then make their own Victorian-era paper doll.
Nellie Bly Story by Nellie Bly
August 18 and 21 at 3:30pm: Come to hear what inspired the amazing Nellie Bly to travel around the world in 1889, from the lady herself! Children will then make a suitcase to plan their own round-the-world adventures.
When Everyone Wore Hats by William Steig
August 25 and 28 at 3:30pm: This week we’ll explore a time when everyone dressed up! Women wore fancy hats and necklaces, and men used pocket watches and canes. Kids will then make their own cameo necklace or pocket watch to carry home.
The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca
September 1 and 4 at 3:30 pm: This week children take a back seat in a New York taxi and experience a day in the life of Maxi. We’ll explore New York sites and even have a “hot dog” together. After the story, children will make their own hot dog craft.
The Old Pirate of Central Park by Robert Priest
September 8 and 11 at 3:30 pm: Arrghh! This week there’s a very silly battle happening in Central Park! After the story, we’ll join the pirate army by making our own pirate ship craft.
El Barrio by Debbi Chocolate
September 15 at 18 3:30 pm: This week a young boy will take us through his barrio, and we’ll celebrate the culture and rituals that make it uniquely his! Then we will make a stained glass window craft to hang at home.
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats
September 22 and 25 at 3:30 pm: This week we explore just how far our imaginations can take us, with a little help from Louie. Families will make their own galaxy mobile craft to take home!
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
September 29 and August at 2 3:30 pm: This week we explore the relationships we have with family members by going on a journey with a little girl and her grandmother. After the story we will make our own wooden peg grandparent craft.
Thursdays, August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10, 17, 24 at 3:30 pm
Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross-stitchers and younger children will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers and older children and adults can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs—make a handcrafted gift for someone! Ages 6 and up. Free with Museum admission.
Summer Scavenger Hunts
Sundays, Daily, 10am–6pm until September 6 from 11am – 5pm
Escape the heat this summer and go on an adventure in the great indoors! Have you ever stood next to an authentic 18th-century carriage, seen a pair of glasses worn by President Abraham Lincoln, himself, or gotten up close and personal with the wooden leg of one of America’s Founding Fathers? If you said no to any of the above, then this is your chance!
What: Backstage Pass Program
Who: Rod Picott
When: August 15, 2015 8:00 PM
Rod performs songs from his new CD release "Fortune"! rodpicott.com The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you'll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eagelsmith have recorded Rod Picott songs. A former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self released CDs over the last 13 years and a well earned reputation as a engaging, emotion fueled performer.
Tickets are only $20 (Plus $5 fee per ticket).
D. Shostakovich - Festive Overture A Major Op. 96
F. Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto E Minor Op. 64
F. Kanca - Turken Foundation Symphonic Suite of Voices of the World - featuring traditional instruments from around the world.
A new name - MasterVoices - to reflect a broadening and deepening of artistic vision;
A new partnership with New York City Center, featuring concert performances of operettas and operas in English, debuting with The Pirates of Penzance and Dido and Aeneas;
A revival of the organization's commitment to commissioning new work, with world premieres this season by Michael John LaChiusa and Marisa Michelson; and
A new outreach program, "Bridges," in which MasterVoices will engage with a community in the New York City area each season to create and perform a newly commissioned work and explore creative performing spaces throughout the five boroughs.
Music by Henry Purcell, Libretto by Nahum Tate
CHILDREN'S RECORDING ARTIST
SIX "THEMED" DIGITAL ALBUMS
Animal Songs - Classroom Favorites - Food Songs
Movement Songs - Nature Songs - Transportation Songs
August 21, 2015
Chock full of frenetic, danceable reggae/ska jams, ROCKSTEADY features special guests Jesse Peter Wagner (lead singer with legendary "dirty reggae" ska band The Aggrolites), Grammy-nominated Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and Father Goose (featured on the Grammy-winning Dan Zanes family albums).
ROCKSTEADY is produced with a focused conceptual element that could be thought of as "Jamtones FM," with its mock DJs and radio-static "channel surfing" transitions between songs that display the Jamtones signature blend of reggae, ska, doo-wop harmonies, '90s hip-hop, and Weezer-like guitar solos. Themes of love, friendship, and dance parties prevail, and all the songs on the album are seriously danceable. The "Rocksteady," the "Tailfeather," and the "Katmandu" are specific dances, hearkening back to the old radio singles days, while other songs, like "I <3 br="" face="" have="" kinds="" moves.="" of="" own="" their="" ur="">
Josh & the Jamtones have been making music and lots of laughs for kids and families since early 2012, when singer/songwriter Josh Shriber started buying fancy lattes from producer/drummer Pat Hanlin at a café near his house. Since then, the titanic twosome and their intrepid band have crisscrossed the country, playing hundreds of shows and sharing the stage with massive bands like The Wiggles, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Fresh Beat Band. The Jamtones have performed at loads of major festivals with mega-acts like the Dave Matthews Band, Hall & Oates, and The Roots.
Previous Josh & the Jamtones releases include Bear Hunt: The Movie! (2014) and the albums Bear Hunt! (2013) and JUMP UP! (2012). The song "Fill It Up" from Bear Hunt! won the 2015 American Songwriting Award in the Children's Songs category, and three other Josh & the Jamtones songs were also honored.
ROCKSTEADY will be available on the Josh & the Jamtones website, CDBaby, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and other online retailers.
CD Details: ROCKSTEADY
Release date: August 21, 2015
For ages 4 - 11
Label: Jamhouse Records
Running time: 44 minutes 3>
Inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), Allegiance follows one family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. A mysterious envelope leads Sam Kimura (Takei) back 60 years to a time when he (played as a young man by Telly Leung -- Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony® winner Lea Salonga -- Miss Saigon, Mulan) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Sam enlists in the army to prove the Kimura’s loyalty, but Kei joins draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people. Their paths take them from the lush farmlands of California to the wastelands of Wyoming to the battlefields of Europe, and their divided loyalties threaten to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are unlocked, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and to recognize the redemptive power of love.