This post was written by John C. Winters, a New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Research Fellow
Sometimes, the sources historians use are not all we believe them to be. Whether a primary source collection is incomplete, transcribed and edited heavily or simply consists of unreadable copies of the originals, historians need to be wary about where their sources come from.
This occurs even with such large and rich collections as the Beekman Family Papers at the N-YHS....Read More
Dreaming of warmer climes? All this snow has us wondering . . . where did 19th century New Yorkers travel to escape the winter blahs?
For those that could afford it, the Ward Line of steamships offered runs to Nassau, Cuba and Mexico, as advertised in this circa 1890's brochure:
Within 36 hours of leaving port, the Ward Line promised, "cold weather is left behind and the blue waters of the Gulf Stream lap with loving ripples...Read More
This post was written by Tammy Kiter, Manuscript Reference Librarian
Who among us doesn’t enjoy a cold, creamy treat on a hot summer day? In honor of July being National Ice Cream month, I thought we’d take a little trip down creamery lane to celebrate ice cream in all its delicious glory.
It is estimated that by the 2nd century BC, Alexander the Great was enjoying ice flavored with honey and nectar. Ice cream was widespread among...Read More
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