Last Thursday (March 1), Yellowstone National Park marked its 140th year of existence. It's also a perfect excuse to remind everyone that, despite our name, the New-York Historical Society's collections document the history of the entire United States, not just of New York and its neighbors.
In his 2008 television series documenting his tour of the United States, English actor Stephen Fry mused “It’s the curse of tourism to destroy what it most desires”, an observation...Read More
This post is by Brenna McCormick-Thompson, Print Room Reference Assistant
In the autumn of 1815, a group of concerned citizens in Westchester County, New York banded together to put a stop to one of the most egregious crimes plaguing the region: horse stealing. Having identified a very real threat to their homes and communities, a committee of seven men set about drafting a constitution for a new society to protect themselves from the despicable acts of...Read More
In honor of Black history month, we thought we would take a look at some items from the library collections spanning the first four centuries of African-American history in New York; and where better to start than the beginning (just about)!
Conveyance of Judith Stuyvesant to Frans Bastiaensz, 24 September 1674. (BY NYC Deeds, MS 1972, p.23)
Shown here is a 1674 conveyance, in Dutch, made by Judith Stuyvesant transferring property (roughly in present-day Gramercy Park) to...Read More
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