DiMenna Children’s History Museum at New-York Historical Society to Host its Second Annual Family Benefit Party, Saturday, January 25, 2014

What: The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society is having its second annual Family Benefit Party ― History Surprises! Parents and their children (ages 4 - 14) will discover the past together, with tailor-made and meaningful hands-on activities, experiences, and food. As part of the fun-packed events, kids will uncover the shock of Cubist art, attend a ground-breaking African Free School, visit a life-altering Civil War recruitment office, and discover the new American game of baseball.

Families will also have the opportunity to take over the New-York Historical Society's magnificent galleries and explore special exhibitions on view, including Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America and The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution.

Why: The event will help the New-York Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum to continue to provide one-of-a-kind opportunities for children and families to discover our nation's history. Through interactive museum experiences and unique family programming, as well as school programs serving students in school and in the museum, the New-York Historical Society annually serves more than 40,000 family visitors, 200,000 New York City school students, and thousands of teachers. In addition, the Family Benefit helps the New-York Historical Society care for a priceless collection, made fully accessible to the public.

When: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 11am-2pm

Where: New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (between West 76th and 77th Streets)

Tickets: $75 Child, $150 Adult. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (212) 485-9279, e-mail benefitevents@nyhistory.org, or click here.

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum is a museum-within-a-museum and occupies the New-York Historical Society’s entire lower level. It covers 350 years of New York and American history and includes character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. Families explore and learn together, through visiting the museum and participating in intergenerational family learning programs. All ages can enjoy and learn in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, but the exhibits are targeted at age 8-13.

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society; Nueva York; Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn; WWII & NYC; and The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which is currently on view through February 23, 2014. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world's greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

Press Contacts:
Laura Washington
(212) 485-9263

Timothy Wroten
(212) 873-3400 x326

Julia Esposito
(212) 715-1643

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