This phrase describes many illustrious individuals documented in N-YHS's collections -- but perhaps none so literally as John Y. Culyer, who in 1867 designed a machine for moving sizeable trees to more suitable positions during the construction of Prospect Park.
Tree Moving Machine, Prospect Park (Geographic File, PR020)
Culyer began his career as a landscape engineer in Central Park, under Frederick Law Olmsted. He designed his tree-moving machine after being hired as one of the original...Read More
A great deal of the work done on the Irish immigrant experience focuses on the refugees of Ireland's potato blight in the late 1840s. However, the epic story of the Irish in America, and the challenges it encountered, did not begin there. One obscure chapter of this story is captured in the tale of the short-lived New-York Hibernian Volunteers.
While Irish immigration was on a far smaller scale in the late eighteenth century, by the 1790s...Read More
This post was written by N-YHS intern Catherine Newton
While working with the Oversize Manuscripts Collection this summer, my coworker and I uncovered a death warrant signed by George Washington and dated October 25, 1778.
Best known for his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and later as the first president of the United States, George Washington is one of the most respected figures in American history. The image of the man, himself, that lingers in...Read More
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