At 5 a.m. on November 11, 1918, the United States and its allies concluded an armistice with Germany. Later that morning, at 11 a.m. French time, World War I hostilities came to an end after one concluding salvo. In America, the day became known as Armistice Day until Congress substituted "Veterans" in 1954 to expand recognition beyond World War I.
Since this holiday falls on the auspicious day of 11/11/11 and is still firmly rooted in...Read More
Post written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian
The logbook’s entry for the morning, 200 years ago, of August 19, 1812 records hazy weather, temperature 64° in the air and a similar 65° in water. By “3/4 past 11 am” the weather is cloudy with fresh breezes, so the mizzen topsail is set.
And then it ends.
But for the U.S. frigate Constitution, it is very much a beginning—of an illustrious record in the War of 1812 and a...Read More
This phrase describes many illustrious individuals documented in N-YHS's collections -- but perhaps none so literally as John Y. Culyer, who in 1867 designed a machine for moving sizeable trees to more suitable positions during the construction of Prospect Park.
Tree Moving Machine, Prospect Park (Geographic File, PR020)
Culyer began his career as a landscape engineer in Central Park, under Frederick Law Olmsted. He designed his tree-moving machine after being hired as one of the original engineers...Read More
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