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  NYHS Family
November 2012
Family programs in December
Holiday Express: Jerni Trains
“Can you spot it?” Activites

Meet WWII Re-enactors
November 23, 24, 25

The Victory Belles
November 24, 12 noon and 3 pm

The Macy's Parade
November 18, 11:30 am

Building Manhattan
November 25, 11:30 am

Edison's Inventions
December 2, 11:30 am
  FAMILY FUN: EVERY DAY NOV 23, 2012 THROUGH JAN 6, 2013! Holiday Express: Can You Spot It?
  Every day from November 23, 2012 through January 6, 2013!

Magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels — all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress — will be on display starting November 23 in Holiday Express: Trains from the Jerni Collection. But can you discover more than meets the eye? Spot the intricate details in these amazing model train scenes made by the Märklin model train company. Can you locate the refreshment stand? The station clock? How many train cars are pulling into the train station? Bring the whole family, pick up your self-guided hunt, and see who can find the most details in the trains and train stations of the Jerni Collection!

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  SPECIAL EVENTS Living History Days
Living History Days   History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days, November 23-25. Who were the brave men and women who helped ensure the Allies' victory? Join us on Thanksgiving weekend and engage with our visiting re-enactors honoring the Allied troops who fought courageously during WWII.

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  CONCERT Presenting the National WWII Museum's Victory Belles!
Victory Belles   Join us on Saturday, November 24, at 12 noon and 3 pm for the National WWII Museum's Victory Belles — a vocal trio who will delight audiences with spirited performances, dazzling costumes, audience interaction, and musical hits. Join us in saluting the heroes of World War II with an afternoon of music and fun!

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  LEARNING LAB At the Kids' Table: Cornelia Van Varick's Holiday Kitchen
Jerni Trains   On Saturday, December 1 from 2-4 pm, participants will join “historic gastronomist” Sarah Lohman and take the place of Cornelia van Varick in her seventeenth-century kitchen. Handle objects and ingredients that Cornelia would have used to make two Dutch holiday treatsorange caraway cookies and fried doughnutsthat participants can taste and take home. RSVP required at; $10 materials fee.

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  SCAVENGER HUNTS Natural NYC: Search the Galleries!
Scavenger Hunts   New York City has its own natural bounty to be thankful for! Families travel through the museum discovering objects related to the natural world in the city November 23-25 from 11 am to 4 pm. Free with museum admission or family membership. Ages 7 and up.

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  THE BARBARA K. LIPMAN CHILDREN'S HISTORY LIBRARY Little New-Yorkers: Tuesdays & Fridays at 3:30 pm
Little New-Yorkers   Every class includes time with toys, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, story readings, and a related craft project! Every Tuesday and Friday from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm. Free with museum admission or family membership. Ages 3-5.

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  THE BARBARA K. LIPMAN CHILDREN'S HISTORY LIBRARY Sunday Story Hour: Sundays at 11:30 am
Sunday Story Hour   From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great. Every Sunday at 11:30 am. Free with museum admission or family membership. Ages 3-6. Here are the next four books:

Nov 18: The Macy's Parade >
Nov 25: Building Manhattan >
Dec 2: Edison's Inventions >
  THE BARBARA K. LIPMAN CHILDREN'S HISTORY LIBRARY Cross-Stitch Circle: Thursdays at 3:30 pm
Cross Stitch Circle   Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world! Free with museum admission or family membership. Ages 7 and up.

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Enjoy Great Benefits with a Family Membership

Family/Grandparents Membership   Perfect for Grandparents! A family membership to the New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children's History Museumhailed by Time Out New York Kids as the best place to learn about New York City historyis a great opportunity for different generations to learn, share and experience history and art together.

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  SAVE THE DATE! Passport Through American History: Family Benefit Party
  Save the date of Saturday, January 26, 2013 and join us for our first ever family party! Kids will be inspired and challenged at activity booths ranging from early New Amsterdam history to the World War II era. By tasting food from New Amsterdam, discovering what a Civil War encampment looks like, and dressing up as a Newsie,children of all ages will collect passport stamps as they experience history first-hand.

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170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th St)
New York, NY 10024

Phone (212) 873-3400
TTY (212) 873-7489


Tuesday-Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Closed Thursday, November 15
Closed Thursday, November 22


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