Create your own history lesson by researching your family history dating back to Ellis Island arrivals or learn about someone else’s history at The National Archives of New York City. Located downtown at One Bowling Green, the archives are a historical wonderland for those curious about everything and anything. Dubbed a “walk in research experience”, take your time to sift through original documents and microfilms in all their old-timer glory, as well as “oo” and “aah” over original artifacts. And we love that all events and access to the archives is totally free!

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Their resources in the Research Center include online subscription services such as Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest, and ProQuest. They also offer activities in The Learning Center for families Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, in addition to pre-registered programs for adults, teachers and students.

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It’s a perfect spring break activity for families as well! For the April 14th – 18th break the archives have put together self directed learning activities that can be done from noon until 3pm. So take your kids, parents and grand-parents to dig deeper than their jewelry box for treasured family jewels (of information that is).

A fun activity that will be occurring on May 19th is their genealogy program where you can learn about immigration and naturalization records from a USCIS historian.

They even give short tours to get you acquainted with all the archives have to offer Wednesdays at noon. To top it off, kids age 12 and under ride free through Memorial Day on Seastreak, so it really is a family and wallet friendly activity.

One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10004


Sea you soon,

The Seastreak Family

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