Written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
Such a challenge seems unheard of in modern warfare, but, nearly a year into the War of 1812, Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke of the British frigate Shannon wrote to Captain James Lawrence of the United States frigate Chesapeake promising that their ships could duel outside of Boston without interference from any vessel. The ships could even sail out under a flag of truce; “choose your terms,...Read More
Visitors to the New-York Historical Society (as well as many copy editors and printers throughout the ages) have often wondered why the title of our institution includes a hyphen between the “New” and “York”. The answer is simple; when the New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804, New York was generally written as “New-York.” This practice was adhered to in books and newspaper titles and often applied to the spelling of other states such as...Read More
This post was written by Julita Braxton, AHMC Cataloger.
Laura Dewey Bridgman was the first person with deafblindness to learn to read and write. Half a century before the more well-known Helen Keller, Bridgman communicated using a tactile sign language, read using a form of Braille, and wrote using the alphabet created by Samuel Gridley Howe.
Text of the first verse of the 23rd Psalm: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Laura D Bridgman, Hanover,...Read More
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