This post is by Samantha Walsh, Reference Assistant in the Department of Prints, Photographs & Architectural Collections
The first mention of Daylight Saving Time was made by Benjamin Franklin, in a 1784 letter to the editor of the Journal de Paris. While many attribute today’s practice of turning the clocks forward and back to Franklin, it is widely accepted that Franklin’s proposal was an example of his infamous satire. In his letter, which he signed “A Subscriber,”...Read More
Post written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian
The logbook’s entry for the morning, 200 years ago, of August 19, 1812 records hazy weather, temperature 64° in the air and a similar 65° in water. By “3/4 past 11 am” the weather is cloudy with fresh breezes, so the mizzen topsail is set.
And then it ends.
But for the U.S. frigate Constitution, it is very much a beginning—of an illustrious record in the War of 1812 and a...Read More
This post was written by Julita Braxton, EBSCO Project Cataloger
Challenges to the legality of bondage, shown in acclaimed director Steve McQueen’s film 12 Years a Slave—which won the Best Picture for Drama at the Golden Globes on Sunday night—are not without precedence, as evidenced by a document held in the manuscript collections of the New-York Historical Society: a list of persons to be freed. While the film tells the story of the unlawful enslavement in...Read More
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