5.23.12_feat
Johnny Reb in the Big Apple: The Confederate Veteran Camp of New York
May 23, 2012

This post was written by N-YHS intern Rachel Schimke, a graduate student in the Archives and Public History program at NYU, who processed the Alexander Robert Chisolm Papers. Though most war-weary Confederate soldiers returned home following Lee’s surrender, not all had the ability or interest to recover their lives in the South. Founded in 1890,…

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“Aliens” in America: British Citizens during the War of 1812
April 3, 2012

Post written by Rachel Schimke, a spring intern at N-YHS who processed the Peter Curtenius Papers.  This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a conflict that is often overshadowed by the more celebrated wars in our nation’s history. The newly processed Peter Curtenius Papers offer invaluable information for researchers interested in this…

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2.28.12_feat
Ladies, Get Ready: Its a Leap Year!
February 28, 2012

Ever since the idea of an extra day every four years was implemented as a corrective measure for the calendar, it has been filled with traditions and superstitions.  One of these is the (shocking!) idea that a woman may propose to a man on February 29th (or anytime during a Leap Month or even the…

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A Castle on the Hudson: the Bannerman Island Story
December 2, 2011

Post written by Ashley Todd, a fall intern at N-YHS who processed the Bannerman Family Papers. The collection was generously donated by Virginia Betts in 2011. If you have ever taken the Metro-North Hudson Line train to Poughkeepsie then you are probably familiar with the haunting castle ruins that sit on a small island between…

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10.28.11_feat
Early Vampire Celebrations
October 28, 2011

It appears that New Yorker’s love for vampires began before the rise of gothic rockers or even the publication of Bram Stoker’s book Dracula in 1897. The N-YHS library  collection includes invitations and programs for dinner parties from 1892-1893 called a “Death Watch” sponsored by an organization entitled “Order of the Vampires” or sometimes simply called…

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10.14.11_feat
An Occasion for a Rare “Screaming” Headline
October 14, 2011

Written by Mariam Touba, N-YHS Reference Librarian Even as we are told that newspapers are a dying medium, each of us can remember their banner headlines announcing momentous events.  Such headlines, however, did not always come with newspapers.  How then did early newspapers alert their readers to important occurrences?  The answer is, “very subtly,” at…

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9.19.11_feat
Egypt on Broadway
September 19, 2011

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…

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