This phrase describes many illustrious individuals documented in N-YHS's collections -- but perhaps none so literally as John Y. Culyer, who in 1867 designed a machine for moving sizeable trees to more suitable positions during the construction of Prospect Park.
Tree Moving Machine, Prospect Park (Geographic File, PR020)
Culyer began his career as a landscape engineer in Central Park, under Frederick Law Olmsted. He designed his tree-moving machine after being hired as one of the original engineers...Read More
If you've been preoccupied with the "fiscal cliff" saga over the last several days, you may have missed a rather significant milestone. 150 years ago yesterday, on January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in all rebellious states, enacting what has been described as, behind the Declaration of the United States, perhaps "the single most significant statement of policy issued by a governing authority in the history of the United States."
In chance to highlight...Read More
Few people are aware that the Half Moon Club even existed and this probably wouldn't have bothered its members very much. Although it wasn't a secret society, its surviving club "log" suggests that it was on par with other leading Progressive Era social organizations -- elite, sophisticated and enormously selective.
Beginning in 1906, the Half Moon Club met twice and sometimes three times a year until its last recorded meeting in 1934. With Henry Hudson and...Read More
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