This post was written by Jonah Estess, Digital Project Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.
In the N-YHS collections are three letters addressed from Walt Whitman to the parents of Erastus E. Haskell, Samuel and Rosalinda Haskell. He writes to them about their son’s condition at a military hospital in Washington D.C. Walt had been a volunteer nurse at area hospitals, and had grown fond of caring for the sick and wounded soldiers. He took...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
It's probably no consolation for last week's heat wave but if you were a well-heeled New Yorker living in the late nineteenth century, you would probably be spending the sultry days of summer living it up in Newport, RI. Not surprisingly, the story of Newport and New York's richest dwellers is well documented at the N-YHS. An interesting source is the register of the Newport Golf Club (1893-1898). It records visitors, their address, the length of...Read More
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