This post was written by Eva Gratta, New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Research Fellow
Recognized as the greatest hero of the Revolutionary Navy, John Paul Jones is remembered for his colorful life and tenacity in battle. Jones achieved his most celebrated victory as the commander of the American warship Bon Homme Richard, which defeated the British frigate HMS Serapis off the coast of Flamborough Head, east Yorkshire, in 1779.
As a Graduate Archival Research Fellow this semester, I...Read More
Written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
One hundred-fifty years ago, in the late spring of 1863, the news was troubling for Federal forces as they awaited an invasion of the northern states by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The hope was that Major General Ulysses S. Grant, operating with some independence in the West, could accomplish his goal of gaining full control of the Mississippi River. Standing in the way was the Confederate...Read More
This post was written by Marion Holland, Intern at the Library Digital Project
Many present-day New Yorkers and visitors to New York City see the Empire State building, lit up with multi-colored electric lights to celebrate events from holidays to sports team victories, as a symbol of the city. Even before there was electricity, special lighting for special occasions was a prominent feature of New York celebrations. In 1825, during the Grand Canal Celebration marking the...Read More
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