This past weekend my family traveled the world via the New York Times Travel Show. My son considers himself a traveler and visiting new places is something that we enjoy as a family. The Javits Center was a buzz with attendees. We enjoyed seminars, stage performances, kids activities and cooking demonstrations. We also planned future travel, domestic and abroad.
My son, for the past few weeks, has been sharing new knowledge of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and singing songs of freedom and peace. So, today on a his “day off” from school we went to the New York Historical Society to view images of Dr. King and fellow civil rights activists from the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery. The images (primarily black and white) were taken by a then twenty something City College student, Stephen Somerstein. Mr. Somerstein sought to capture the power and meaning of this event. He documented not only Dr. King and his wife Coretta but also James Baldwin, Baynard Rustin, Joan Baez, John Lewis, Rosa Parks and many others involved in the Civil Rights Movement.
It was a long wait, but the Cooper Hewitt is finally complete and open for visitors. The space is utilized so well with its openness and the hands on, high tech components throughout. Innovation is defined as a new method, idea or product. The revamped mansion exhibits this and engaged even the youngest member of my family.
Over the winter break, my family took advantage of our city–New York. One of our stops was the New York Historical Society. There, we learned about early immigration for the Chinese in America, admired toy trains and my son had his way in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. A special experience, touring the Annie Leibovitz exhibit using the family guide provided by the museum, was most engaging for the entire family.