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
Above-average temperatures at other times of year may raise alarms of global warming, but autumn heat waves are still fondly referred to as "Indian summer." So where does the term come from, and what exactly does it mean?
A number of explanations have been advanced over the years, including the following:
1. In 1804, Charles Brockden Brown (an early American novelist), suggested that "[i]ts American name it probably owes to it being predicted by the natives to...Read More
This post was written by Julia Lipkins, Reference Archivist, Manuscript Department.
Archival collections from the Revolutionary War period are thick with stories of soldiers and generals, their battles won and lost. Although less evident, collections of this era also contain documentation of what President Obama recently described as the “nation’s original sin,”[i] i.e. the institution of slavery. I recently examined the papers of Horatio Gates (1728-1806), a general in the Continental Army, who defeated the British at the...Read More
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