As we are now in holiday party season, it seems a good time to look back at previous holiday parties at N-YHS. Pictures in the N-YHS Archives show parties from the 1950's and 1960's that include dancing, plenty of drinking, and even smoking in the museum. Most of these pictures depict the staff inside what was the Port of New York Gallery on the first floor of the museum. The permanent exhibit was designed to...Read More
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
Admittedly that would make much more sense to pre-1752 New Yorkers. Until then England and its colonies still used the Julian calendar, by which the New Year began on March 25th, rather than January 1st.
"The Orrery", The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure, 1749.
Because the formula used by the Julian calendar did not accurately measure a true year (i.e., the time it takes the earth to orbit the sun), in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII adjusted...Read More
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