Post written by Timothy Wroten, N-YHS Communications
The Historical Society is holding a prize contest through January 31, 2011 for contemporary photographs of Times Square to help us document the ever-changing neighborhood. Everyone from the serious to the amateur photographer is invited to contribute; the first-prize winner receives $500 and all contestants get the chance to have their photos become part of the Historical Society’s permanent collection. Please visit http://contest.nyhistory.org/ for more information.
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This post was written by Matthew Murphy, Head of Cataloging and Metadata.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the New York Draft Riots, one of bloodiest and most violent insurrections in American history. A perfect storm of social unrest, ethnic hatred, and class conflict led to the brutal and horrifying riots, which were popularized (and somewhat sensationalized) by Martin Scorsese’s film, “Gangs of New York” (2002). Lasting from July 13 to July 16, 1863, the...Read More
Sir Henry Clinton's hair powder duty certificate, 1795 (Donald F. Clark Collection, MS 118)
This 1795 certificate documents that Sir Henry Clinton, the general and former Commander-in-Chief for North America of the British Army during the Revolution, paid the hair powder duty instituted in Great Britain in that year. The duty itself was one guinea, spawning the nickname "guinea pig" for those who paid it.
It may look unassuming, but this document marks a pivotal moment in...Read More
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