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Immerse yourself in history during Veterans Day weekend special at New York Historical Society

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Celebrate Veterans Day at the New York Historical Society by immersing yourself in a Veterans Day weekend special on Nov. 10, 11, and 12.

Visit the museum to remember the service of veterans past and present! Each day immerses you in the history of African Americans serving in different wars throughout American history, as portrayed by living historians. Listen to stories about life on and off the battlefield throughout American history, discover uniforms and equipment, or try out an army drill!

Join the First Rhode Island Regiment in the struggle for Independence on Nov. 10. The company portrays the Continental Army’s historic “Black Regiment,” which was formed in part by African or First Nation slaves when they reinforced a dwindling Continental Army in 1778.

On Nov. 11, fight for the Union with the Sixth Regiment of Infantry, United States Colored Troops. It honors African Americans who joined the Army, like many others, after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Then on Nov. 12, jump into the trenches with the Ebony Doughboys. You might know them as the “Harlem Hellfighte­rs,” but the Ebony Doughboys portray the real 369th Regiment U.S. Infantry. They originally named themselves “the Rattlers” and shipped out to France in 1917.

And don’t forget to explore more recent military service by checking out The Vietnam War Exhibition Family Guide (recommended for ages 11 and up), available daily through the run of the show.

Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 10, from 10 am to 8 pm; Nov. 11, 10 am to 6 pm; and Nov. 12, 11 am to 5 pm. Adults: $21; $16 those 65 and up; educators, active-duty military, and students, $13; $6 kids ages 5–13; free for active-duty military in uniform and children under 5. Free for all on Nov. 12.

Museum admission is pay-as-you-wish on Friday evenings (6–8 pm).

New York Historical Society [170 Central Park West at W. 77th Street on the Upper West Side; (212) 873–3400; wwwnyhistory.org].

Posted 12:00 am, November 2, 2017
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