This post was written by Ted Houghtaling, Scanning Technician.
“Terrible affair that General Slocum explosion. Terrible, terrible! A thousand casualties. And heartrending scenes. Men trampling down women and children. Most brutal thing…" — James Joyce, Ulysses
On the morning of June 15th, 1904, 1,358 members and friends of the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church chartered an excursion ship named the General Slocum for their 17th annual picnic to Locust Grove, Long Island. Named for Civil War general and...Read More
The built environment, especially in so eclectic a place as New York City, has a way of hiding history in plain sight. With that in mind, if you have never noticed how many of the profiles of early 20th century buildings in New York retreat incrementally from the sidewalk as the building grows taller, then you may be surprised the next time you step outside.
Although there is an inherent aesthetic to this design, it is...Read More
This year marks 350 years since Governor Richard Nicoll appointed New York's first mayor, Thomas Willett, in 1665. Much has changed since the office's earliest days, including the expansion of the mayor's powers. New York mayors are now known far and wide while a comparatively small number of the 109 overall are familiar to the average New Yorker. Among this less recognizable cohort is David Mathews, the city's mayor from 1776 to 1783. It may seem inscrutable how a man who served in such an...Read More
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