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Beyond the ClassroomHistory TalkJoy of Learning

NYC Museums: Bringing Art and History to Life for Students

Did you know that museums are not only fun but also teach children about life—past and present? New-York Historical Society Just ask the Bronx elementary and middle school students who make regular visits to the New-York Historical Society as part of a District 8 educational program. The students don’t just read about history, they actually touch it. During one visit, for example, they passed around a wooden object with a handle at one end and two prongs and a well at the other end. Their challenge: identify the object and determine its use in Colonial times. Students guessed everything from…
December 12, 2016
Hispanic/Latino Heritage MonthHistory TalkJoy of Learning

Celebrate National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month!

Every year between September 15 and October 15, Americans across the United States celebrate National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month in honor of the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and/or South America. Originally designated as "Hispanic Heritage Week" by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, the 30-day period that is celebrated today was signed into U.S. law as a joint resolution by President Ronald Reagan and Congress in 1988.  So why does the celebration kick off in the middle of September? Well, September 15 was selected as the first day in symbolic…
September 19, 2016