Family History Day

11 am–3 pm
All Museum Galleries

Spend the day learning about New York’s rich history and the contributions of New Yorkers during the American Revolution. Enjoy interactive experiences with interpretive historians, collections-highlighting tours and programs, and hands-on opportunities to engage the whole family.

Events & Activities

11 am to 2 pm

  • On view for one day only! The original papers that were found concealed in the boot of British spy Major John André in 1780 will be on view in the Huxley Theater, courtesy of the NYS Archives.
A pass found on Major André with the alias “Mr. John Anderson,” signed by Benedict Arnold.
Artillery orders found on Major André.


  • Explore the exhibit, The Fidelity Medal: Treason at West Point
  • NYSM Senior Historians will provide highlights from various collections.
  • Learn about historic medicine from the American Revolution with interpretive historian Paul Supley.
  • Make crafts to bring home.
  • Complete American Revolutionary-themed coloring sheets. 
  • Visit information tables from historically focused cultural institutions.

12 pm

2 pm