John Ledyard's far from a household name in his own country even though he's arguably the United States' first explorer, and, had Catherine the Great not abruptly ended his circumnavigation of the globe in 1787-1788, could very well have achieved what Lewis & Clark accomplished fifteen years later. Ledyard also attended Dartmouth, participated in Cook's Third Voyage, knew Thomas Jefferson, earned Sir Joseph Banks' support and saw more of the globe than most people could imagine...Read More
It's National Bike Month again, and it so happens that Albert B. Barkman's Road-Book of Long Island (1886) recently crossed our path. It's an unassuming book at best, but like a great deal of our collections, when given a dose of context it turns out to be an interesting little piece of bicycling and mapmaking history.
The Road-Book contains a multitude of information for cycling around New York City, or as its extended title suggests, the "best riding of New...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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