DiMenna Children’s Museum Showcases a Bank Street Approach

Nearly fifty Bank Street alumni, current students, and faculty members gathered at the New York Historical Society’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum on October 19  for an educators’  talk commemorating the museum’s first anniversary.
A museum-within-a-museum that occupies the New-York Historical Society’s entire lower level, DiMenna includes character-based pavilions, a children’s library, and interactive exhibits and games. The Museum explores 300 years of New York and American history through the eyes and lives of children of the past.
Bank Street in Action
At the event, Jesse Pugh ’76, president of Bank Street’s Alumni Association, introduced Bank Street alumna Jo Ann Secor ’83, Director of Museum Services at Lee. H. Skolnick Architecture and Design Partnership. Jo Ann presented on the interpretive design process along with her colleagues, alumni Christina Ferwerda ’06 and Dan Marwit ’02. Guests then had a chance to explore the hands-on exhibits and the children’s library.

“This was about taking almost 300 years of history and making it meaningful and relevant, and creating what we call ‘personal entry points’ for children, which is all very Bank Street. I knew by having Christina and Dan involved in shaping and choreographing the experience we could engage kids in fun and exciting and very current ways of learning, and that it really had a chance of being successful not only as an entertainment but as an educational tool.”

Bank Street alumni and DiMenna Children’s Museum collaborators Jo Ann Secor, Dan Marwit, and Christina Ferwerda.

Jo Ann, who enrolled in Bank Street’s Museum Leadership program after directing an education

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