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 Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian.
We last met “Old Ironsides” on this blog when she won her War of 1812 victory in August 1812 against the HMS Guerrière off of Massachusetts. Less than six months later, the USS Constitution had been refitted in Boston, assigned a new captain, and in late December was cruising off Brazil. Victory came again to her two hundred years ago on December 29 when she engaged the...Read More
Next Friday, March 25th, is the 100th anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The deadly fire prompted the creation of new fire safety and building codes and galvanized the labor movement.
For a full list of events around the city and the nation related to the memory of the fire and the women who perished go to rememberthetrianglefire.org.
Firemen battling the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 1911. (Frederick Hugh Smyth Collection of Fire Photographs)
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire...Read More
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