This post is by Jonah Estess, Digital Project Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.
What would we do without the written word? Written communication has been, and still is, our saving grace. The Civil War was the first time that the American military used the telegraph to communicate information across vast distances in wartime, from commanders to officers and vice versa. Since the 1840s, instant messaging had slowly entered the daily lives of people everywhere....Read More
Many New Yorkers are likely unaware that a collection of ancient Egyptian items once resided on Broadway near Astor Place. From 1853-1860 the Abbott Collection, displayed as the Egyptian Museum, was located at the Stuyvesant Institute at 659 Broadway. Dr. Henry Abbott was a British physician who lived in Cairo for over 20 years and was a known collector of Egyptian art and antiquities, in a time when it was still possible to collect and...Read More
Most Americans view curling -- reinstated as an Olympic medal event just 16 years ago , in 1998 -- as a novel and peculiar sport. Given its exotic status, not to mention the U.S. team's dismal performance at Sochi, it may come as a surprise to learn that this ancient Scottish game also has a long history here in the United States.
It's generally agreed that the first curling club in America was established in the...Read More
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