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Harry Potter: A History of Magic Review

Harry Potter is a literary phenomenon. J.K. Rowling‘s books about the boy who lived has inspired an entire generation to love reading and believe in the power of magic.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic opened at the New York Historical Society on October 5th.

The exhibit tells both the story of Rowling’s writing process and the myths that inspired her as she wrote the novels. Containing historical artifacts, original art and pieces of the pre-publishing manuscript, the exhibit is a new spin the story that we all know and love.

I am not a huge Potterhead, but I loved this exhibit. It is engaging, fascinating, but most of all, it is incredible fun. As a writer, I enjoyed it because her process of writing was no different from any other writer’s. It inspired and reminded me that good writing is hard work and hard work hopefully leads to professional success.

I absolutely recommend it.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be at the New York Historical Society (170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024) until January 27th, 2019. Check the website for ticket prices and museum hours. 

 

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The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World Review

Since her earliest days, America has represented opportunity and freedom from persecution and tyranny.

The exhibit, The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World at the New York Historical Society, explores how the first Jews not only settled in early America, but thrived. Containing pictures, religious artifacts, books, press and more, this exhibit tells the story how despite the obstacles before them, the early American Jews created a foothold that not only opened the door to generations of future Jewish immigrants, but for all immigrants looking for the opportunity and security that America represents.

I found the exhibit to be interesting, educational and enlightening. When one thinks of a Jewish immigrant, one thinks of poor immigrants come off the boat at Ellis Island around the early 20th century with the only the clothes on the backs and maybe a bag or two. But the reality is that Jews have been living in America since it’s inception.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World is at the New York Historical Society until March 12, 2017. The New York Historical Society is at 170 Central Park West in New York City.

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New York Historical Society

New York City is known for its museums. I dare anyone to not find a museum in New York City that does not interest them.

A block from the famous Natural History Museum, sits the New York Historical Society. Chronicling the history of  New York City and her citizens, this museum is both traditional and unorthodox in their exhibitions.

Back in October, the historical society opened its newest exhibit, Super Heroes in Gotham.

The exhibit tells the story of the superheros who have lived in various fictional versions of New York, their creators and how these larger than life characters have evolved over the years.

If the 1960’s Batmobile does not get you in, it will surely be the Superman costume that greets you at the beginning of the exhibit that pulls you in.

Great for fans, kids and kids at heart, this exhibit is not to be missed.

Superheroes In Gotham will be at the New York Historical Society until February 21st, 2016 and is  located at 170 Central Park West in New York City. 

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