N-YHS and the Fight to Preserve Castle Clinton
November 9, 2016

This post was written by project archivist Larry Weimer. Those familiar with The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, Robert A. Caro’s indispensable study of the will to power and its ability to subvert democratic institutions, might recall Caro’s chapter on Moses’s effort to demolish Castle Clinton in Battery Park. Now…

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From the Lab: Conserving The Negro Travelers’ Green Book
November 2, 2016

This post was written by Saira Haqqi, Enhanced Conservation Work Experience (ECWE) Assistant. One of the highlights of working in the New-York Historical Society’s conservation lab is the range of materials that come to us for treatment. Sometimes, as with this broadside, the treatment can be quite in-depth; but some items just need a minor mend to…

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Getting into the “spirit” of Halloween
October 26, 2016

This post was written by Damla Bek, Library Page. New York City abounds with tales of ghosts, and with each retelling, we breathe new life into these stories. Every story is descended from some grain of truth, but over time, we spin them into something far more spectacular and memorable, where New York City is…

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Charles H. Sherrill, undated. Charels H. Sherrill Scrapbooks, New-York Historical Society
Charles H. Sherrill, Hitler and the 1936 Olympics
October 19, 2016

This post was written by Ted O’Reilly, Head of the Manuscript Department. Within the Historical Society’s holdings is a series of remarkable scrapbooks kept by Charles H. Sherrill, a New York lawyer, later American ambassador to Argentina and Turkey, and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The scrapbooks begin not long after his graduation…

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Are You Registered to Vote?
October 12, 2016

As these old posters remind us, you can’t vote if you’re not registered! New York State residents have until Friday, October 14th to register for the 2016 election. The good news is you don’t have to pile into the ol’ jalopy like the folks below to do so; you can go online to check your status or…

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AHMC of the Month: George Copway’s American Indian
October 6, 2016

This post was written by Julita Braxton, AHMC Cataloger. The New-York Historical Society Library holds many items created by George Copway, the Ojibwe minister, missionary, translator, lecturer, author, healer, and self-appointed chief. George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh) was born in 1818 on the mouth of the Trent River in Ontario, Upper Canada, the traditionally reared son of a…

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From the Lab: Civil War Blood
September 28, 2016

The Story . . . While processing the records of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, New York Commandery, we came across a poignant relic of the Civil War: a note passed between the lines at the Battle of Antietam, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the nation….

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George Washington, engraving after a portrait by John Trumbull, PR 052, Box 148.
George Washington, the Battle of Brooklyn, and a possible footnote on Alexander Hamilton
September 21, 2016

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections. The drama of bravery, defeat, and successful retreat in 1776 will be on display as “The Battle of Brooklyn” exhibition opens at The New-York Historical Society this week.  This first major battle of the American Revolution remained seared in George Washington’s memory.  An…

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AHMC of the Month: Pictorial Excursions
September 14, 2016

This post was written by Christine Calvo, American Historical Manuscript Collection Processing Assistant. “I came to a dead halt, — It was like translation to another planet — all the mountains, I had ever seen at such close range were barely wooded hills by comparison. I’m lost for adjectives that are at all comprehensive.” The…

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