Travelogue: New York City up close and personal

Last week Lou joined me on a trip to New York City where we joined a group of teachers to study immigration.

We came a half day early and went to the Pl...aw....zaa....to see Eloise....

....and the Metropolitan to see the Sphinx and other highlights from 5th grade Egypt lessons
(ok...we also went to Saks, Tiffany, and other fancy shmanzy spots)


The next day we got up early with all the teachers and went to the Statue of Liberty



and on to Ellis Island. Lou wasn't too excited about Ellis Island until we found that her great-great grandfather had migrated through from Sweden. That was pretty exciting!


We were able to use a research station to discover that he had come over on this ship:


We finished up a very big day with a workshop on Chinese immigration. It turned out to be the favorite for everybody. Lou got to research a Chinese family and teach about it to all the teachers!


On our final morning we had an All-of-a-Kind Family morning. We went to the Tenement Museum and learned all about what it was like to live on the Lower East Side of New York.


We looked at incredible "before" photographs of spots where the family might have lived.....


.....and took our own "after shots" from the exact same spot. History can be fun!


We came home exhausted, but we learned a lot. Lou had a lot of fun on her first big city experience.

Carrie  – (July 21, 2010 at 10:51 AM)  

What fun! I would have loved to be part of this trip! I was a history major in college and now enjoy showing my kids that history can be fun!

Tammy  – (July 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM)  

Oh what a fun trip! I used to live in NYC for 1 year...it was amazing. This post brings back lots of good memories. :)

sarah  – (July 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM)  

you guys always have so much fun!

Bending Birches  – (July 21, 2010 at 9:40 PM)  

looks like a great time! thanks for sharing:)

denise  – (July 21, 2010 at 11:35 PM)  

oh, that looks like so much fun!!!

Angela  – (July 22, 2010 at 12:13 AM)  

Amazing stuff! I am adding the tenement museum to our plans for this year! Great photos!

Redbeet Mama  – (July 25, 2010 at 2:24 PM)  

I love reading your blog, I love how you spend time with your family - I love what I have to look forward to.

Namaste, Nicole

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