The library staff at the New-York Historical Society is happy to announce the publication of When Did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green? And 101 Other Questions About New York City. For years, the librarians at the New-York Historical Society have kept a record of the questions posed to them by curious New Yorkers and visitors to the city. Who was the first woman to run for mayor of New York? Why are beavers featured...Read More
Last Thursday (March 1), Yellowstone National Park marked its 140th year of existence. It's also a perfect excuse to remind everyone that, despite our name, the New-York Historical Society's collections document the history of the entire United States, not just of New York and its neighbors.
In his 2008 television series documenting his tour of the United States, English actor Stephen Fry mused “It’s the curse of tourism to destroy what it most desires”, an observation...Read More
In honor of the death of Pete Seeger last week, this week's blog will highlight the work of another champion of American folk music and crafts: the photographer Doris Ulmann (1882-1934).
Like Seeger, Ulmann was born in Manhattan, and seemed an unlikely candidate to work in the rural South. The eldest daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish father and American mother, Ullman was trained as a teacher at the Ethical Culture School, graduating in 1903. She later...Read More
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