This post was written by Christine Calvo, AHMC Cataloging Assistant.
On October 29, 1754, John Harris Jr. wrote to Philadelphia politician Richard Peters about a visit from an Iroquois leader “Monacatootha” and “Severall others.” Harris was the son of John Harris Sr. (1673 - 1748), the namesake of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. John Harris Sr. was known for establishing the first store and trading post on the Susquehanna River, on what was then the American frontier. The store was opened...Read More
Few would argue that the events of December 8, 1941 match in significance the catastrophic events of the previous day but it's worth recalling that this was the day Congress actually voted to declare war on Japan. Though the vote was all but a foregone conclusion, there was yet a lone voice of dissent to which Milton Halsey Thomas, then curator of Columbiana at Columbia University, makes brief reference in his diary:
The Senate voted unanimously, and in the House there was only...Read More
In 1931, the California State Park Commission presented this engrossed certificate in gratitude to Save the Redwoods League founders Henry Fairfield Osborn, Madison Grant and John C. Merriam. From all appearances, it's an attractive reminder of the achievements of the early conservation movement. What is less apparent is a darker link between the three founders and prevailing racial theories that would have particularly abhorrent implications in Nazi Germany.
According to the 1890 census, America had effectively...Read More
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