Final Week: Holiday Express ends February 28
February 23, 2016

We’re now in the final days of our beloved seasonal exhibition, Holiday Express—come learn about toys and trains from a bygone era before the show closes on Sunday, February 28. Though the golden age of the locomotive has long since come to pass, the train set has endured as a popular toy. Toys reflect culture and offer…

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Nineteenth-Century Toys, No Need To Recharge!
December 25, 2013

These days many kids are used to solving puzzles on an iPad or reading along with a DVD. But our holiday exhibit, Batteries Not Included: Toys and Trains at the New-York Historical Society, shows you don’t need an electricity source to have fun! The New-York Historical Society has a collection of approximately 3,000 toys and games,…

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How Trains Got From The Rails To Our Toy Chests
November 15, 2012

Every child in America has probably played with a toy train at some point. But why do toy trains hold such sway over our imaginations? Miniature trains were first created as models to accompany proposals for new rail systems as the world entered the industrial revolution. As trains became more and more common, so did…

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“I’m Running This Train!”: Mayor McClellan And The First Subway Ride
May 9, 2012

Imagine you’re charged with taking a subway for a ride. Now imagine that subway was the first subway ever. A pretty daunting task! Mayor George B. McClellan had the honor of operating the first NYC subway train on October 27, 1904, and was pretty excited about it! The IRT had just opened, and McClellan was supposed…

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What Historians Are Reading: Thomas Bender
January 25, 2012

In this series we ask some of our friends what they’re reading to discover what the teachers want to learn, and what we can learn from their choices. This week we’re hearing from Thomas Bender, Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University, and Co-Chief historian of Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn….

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