Post written by Rachel Schimke, a spring intern at N-YHS who processed the Peter Curtenius Papers.
This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a conflict that is often overshadowed by the more celebrated wars in our nation’s history. The newly processed Peter Curtenius Papers offer invaluable information for researchers interested in this lesser-known war, particularly the role that New York played in the conflict.
Curtenius was appointed U.S. Marshal for the District of New...Read More
Historians are accustomed to constructing human history through surviving texts, architecture, and images but the living world can help us understand our past in its own unique way. A particularly good example of this is the Tree of Heaven, or Ailanthus altissima. Although now widely regarded as a weed, at one time it was a heralded exotic plant. Most will also recognize it as the focal point of the novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It's a tree anyone living in or...Read More
Although the prospect of Thomas Jefferson having fathered children with Sally Hemings, his slave, is now widely accepted, a few weeks ago I made a little discovery on the subject. As is often the case, it was largely a matter of happenstance. At the time I was skimming letters of Jared Sparks, an early editor of George Washington's papers, for a recent blog post when I saw the following in a March 30, 1859, letter to William S. Randall :
As to...Read More
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