Tigers & Tea With Toppy Storytime & African American Schools in Reconstruction

Sunday, February 10
11:00 am–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society
70 Central Park West at 77th Street
Upper West Side

$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link

At 11 am, author Rhoda Knight-Kalt reads her book Tigers and Tea with Toppy, the story of Rhoda spending time with her beloved grandfather, Toppy, all around New York City. Together they visit the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park Zoo, and even have tea at the Plaza Hotel/ From 12–4 pm, in conjunction with exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, Living Historians portraying African American school teachers from the Reconstruction era welcome you to their ‘classroom’ all weekend long. Practice lettering skills on a 19th-century writing slate, explore the books and other subjects taught at African American schools in New York, and learn about schools for and teachers of recently freed people in the South that increased their opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Also check out the awesome, interactive Children’s Museum in the basement.


* Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis at Caffe Storico, the museum's classy but kid-friendly eatery or grab pastries and sandwichs at counter service Parliament Espresso and Coffee. Head down 77th Street for burgers and frozen custard at Shake Shack.


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