The Stories Maps Tell
October 20, 2016

Written by Tristan Genetta, Teen Leader   This summer the Teen Leaders at the New-York Historical Society were responsible for creating an activity for the pop-up exhibition, Audubon: Birdman for a Fledgling Nation, on Governors Island. This map represents one boundary of human contact with the western side of North America in the 19th century. For…

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Making an Exhibit More Like a Classroom
October 14, 2016

Written by Liana Chow, Teen Leader I was appalled to see two kids slumping on a bench in Paris’s Louvre Museum last month and sullenly tapping on their phones. When I returned to New York for my Teen Leader internship with the New-York Historical Society, my goal was to prevent the same thing from happening in…

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Love or Submission? Realizing Societal Perceptions of Women through a Box
October 12, 2016

Written by Rachel Kim, 12th Grade, Teen Historian Hollywood is known for immortalizing that climactic moment when a movie character suddenly drops to one knee, presents a classic diamond ring, and dramatically declares devotion to the unsuspecting lover. Granted, one automatically associates the action of proposing marriage with the male gender. This concept of men governing women…

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Audubon, Birds, and Me
October 7, 2016

Written  by Teen Leader Elena Butuzova Recently, I bought this papier-mâché bird from the thrift store. Why? It reminded me of John James Audubon and my time in the Teen Leader internship at the New-York Historical Society.  Throughout the summer internship, I asked myself what Audubon will mean to me once I am no longer…

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One Man’s Jug is Another Man’s Freedom
October 6, 2016

Written by Julie Anne Lim, Rising College Freshman Teen Historian “Jug” from the Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman is a stoneware piece that measures 12 inches x 7.75 inches. It has been decorated with leaves and crescents using cobalt oxide, giving these details a blue hue. It is marked with an inscription…

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To Have Your Cake and Read It, Too
September 30, 2016

Wrriten by Ephraim Kozodoy, 12th Grade Teen Historian Unidentified American maker. Cake print depicting an allegory of Greek independence, 1823–32. Mahogany. New-York Historical Society. INV. 1937.591 Viewed from a distance, one’s gaze might pass right by this unprepossessing slab of carved mahogany. As one moves closer, however, the carvings resolve themselves into a detailed scene of…

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Ornithology: Pokemon Go in the Age of Audubon
September 28, 2016

Written by Kaitlyn Lucey, Teen Leader Long before people could obtain a wealth of information and knowledge in a device that fits in one’s pocket, humankind looked to other sources of entertainment and intellect. Above all, nature rose to the occasion, as it was readily available and ever present. John James Audubon, the central focus…

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Styling America With Mochaware
September 23, 2016

Written by Ariela Reiter, 11th Grade Teen Historian   Remember those old ceramic pieces on the shelf at your grandparents’ house? Those festive yet mysterious ceramic coffee pitchers that were never actually used? Well, there is more of a story to those objects than you may have originally thought. Folk art, which these pieces are…

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Tammany Hall: New York’s Most Corrupt Political Machine
September 15, 2016

Written by Bryant Trufino, 11th Grade Teen Historian The picture above depicts an old metallic toy of a large man sitting on a chair. In addition, on the sides of the chair, it says “Tammany Bank.” The toy is made of metal and colored with paint, however, due to age, it has faded. Although it…

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