This post was written by Tammy Kiter, Manuscript Reference Librarian.
This time of year has become synonymous with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As we revel in the excitement of watching our favorite characters float larger than life down Central Park West, let’s celebrate three of the key ingredients for a fantastic holiday in the Big Apple: Family, Food and Fun! Oh yeah… and history!
The image above is from a daguerreotype taken by photographer Jerry Spagnoli....Read More
This year marks 350 years since Governor Richard Nicoll appointed New York's first mayor, Thomas Willett, in 1665. Much has changed since the office's earliest days, including the expansion of the mayor's powers. New York mayors are now known far and wide while a comparatively small number of the 109 overall are familiar to the average New Yorker. Among this less recognizable cohort is David Mathews, the city's mayor from 1776 to 1783. It may seem inscrutable how a man who served in such an...Read More
This post was written by AHMC cataloger Miranda Schwartz.
The correspondence of three women in the American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) provides an enlightening look at political and public engagement by nineteenth-century American women activists.
On July 3, 1841, abolitionist, pacifist, and women’s rights advocate Abby Kelley Foster wrote a lengthy and impassioned letter to Nathaniel P. Rogers about the evils of slavery and the efforts to be made by abolitionists to speed slavery to an end....Read More
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