This post was written by Megan Cherry, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for 2016-2017.
New Year’s comes with its own unique traditions, especially in New York. Approximately a million people will be gathering in Times Square this New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop – a New York tradition since 1907. But one New Year’s tradition has faded into obscurity – the pairing of New Year’s and poetry.
For centuries, New Yorkers have composed poems as...Read More
This post was written by Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.
The Social Security Act, a program through which employers and employees contribute money to an account to be drawn upon in retirement, went into effect in November 1936. During the next seven months, 30 million Americans applied and were issued cards, each printed with a unique set of nine numbers.
Prior to the issuance of social security numbers, the only Americans assigned numbers for identification purposes...Read More
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