This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
Fictional works—movies, most memorably—depict characters like Forrest Gump or Woody Allen’s Zelig who manage to turn up at every major historical event alongside the world’s movers and shakers. A nominee for such a real-life character in 18th-century America would be John Montresor.
Unlike his fictional counterparts, Montresor was not mentally or emotionally challenged. As a confident engineer with the British army in America, he was...Read More
Today there is nothing remarkable about the idea of New York as a large, diverse, cosmopolitan city. But to mid-19th century New Yorkers, the rapid growth of New York from a small, walkable city to a bustling, sprawling metropolis must have been a bit disorienting. In 1800, there were 60,515 residents of New York City, and more than half the city's population lived within one mile of the Battery. In 1840, the population had grown to 312,710, and by 1850, over 500,000....Read More
Post written by Timothy Wroten, N-YHS Communications
The Historical Society is holding a prize contest through January 31, 2011 for contemporary photographs of Times Square to help us document the ever-changing neighborhood. Everyone from the serious to the amateur photographer is invited to contribute; the first-prize winner receives $500 and all contestants get the chance to have their photos become part of the Historical Society’s permanent collection. Please visit http://contest.nyhistory.org/ for more information.
For inspiration, here is...Read More
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