Open on the 4th of July, the New-York Historical Society has “Revolutionary Summer” holiday celebration. Learning about life during the American Revolution by exploring the intriguing replica of George Washington’s Headquarters Tent, where an actor will portraying the president.
“We really want families to come in and just walk amongst the tents and the troops and get a sense of what it was like to be [there] in the late 1770s,” says Alice Stevenson, who organized the Independence Day activities.
“John Adams” will also present a live reading of the Declaration of Independence, a reenactment will show how Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man to fight in the war, there will be singalongs with the Hudson River Ramblers and music from a fife and drum corps will soundtrack the event.
“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”
–John F. Kennedy
What does it mean to become an American? Created in partnership with CUNY’s Citizenship Now!, the Citizenship Project is a major initiative to help the more than one million immigrants in the New York region who are eligible for U.S. citizenship.
Applications for American citizenship have dramatically increased in the past several years. Through free civics and history classes, the New-York Historical Society offers a unique avenue for addressing this growing demand. By using art and objects from our collection to put American history in context, the Citizenship Project creates a personal and dynamic educational experience beyond rote memorization.
Join us all year long for free classes, public programs, exhibitions, and family activities that examine the basic principles of our American Constitution and democratic institutions.
FREE CLASSES FOR GREEN CARD HOLDERS
Led by expert Museum educators, civics and history classes are available to help green card holders prepare for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam. Through these courses, which take place at the New-York Historical Society on Saturdays and weekday evenings, participants learn about pivotal moments in U.S. history by examining objects and documents from our collections. In addition, New-York Historical offers off-site classes at community organizations and schools across the five boroughs.
11 a.m – 3 p.m. $22 for adults, free for kids 17 and under. 170 Central Park W.; 212-873-3400, NYHistory.org