This post was written by cataloger Catherine Falzone.
If Marie Antoinette had survived the French Revolution, she might have come to live in the Pennsylvania woods. The American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) contains documents from the founding of Asylum (or Azilum), the French refugee settlement located in Pennsylvania that was intended for the French royals.
After the French Revolution began and the royal family had been discovered escaping to Varennes in 1791, Louis de Noailles (brother-in-law of...Read More
Born in Germany on September 27, 1840, Thomas Nast moved to New York with his family as a young boy. While Nast did not excel in his studies, he did show a great deal of aptitude for drawing at an early age. By the time he was 12, Nast was enrolled as a student at the National Academy of Design, where he began to develop his unique style of illustration.
Although it required some diligence on...Read More
Brooklyn is justly known as the borough of churches and the rightful home of the Dodgers -- but did it also give birth to the Teddy Bear?
Credit for inventing the teddy bear is generally given to Morris Michtom, a Russian immigrant who is said to have opened a candy store at 404 Tompkins Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The name was supposedly based on an incident that occurred when President Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt...Read More
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