Charles H. Sherrill, undated. Charels H. Sherrill Scrapbooks, New-York Historical Society
Charles H. Sherrill, Hitler and the 1936 Olympics
October 19, 2016

This post was written by Ted O’Reilly, Head of the Manuscript Department. Within the Historical Society’s holdings is a series of remarkable scrapbooks kept by Charles H. Sherrill, a New York lawyer, later American ambassador to Argentina and Turkey, and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The scrapbooks begin not long after his graduation…

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New York City: the Curling Capital
February 26, 2014

Most Americans view curling — reinstated as an Olympic medal event just 16 years ago , in 1998 — as a novel and peculiar sport.  Given its exotic status, not to mention the U.S. team’s dismal performance at Sochi, it may come as a surprise to learn that this ancient Scottish game also has a…

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NYC 2012: Imagining the Olympic Games in New York City
August 8, 2012

  From 2000-2005, New York planned a bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympic games. It was New York City’s first bid to host an Olympics and was managed by Daniel Doctoroff and his private non-profit organization, NYC2012. New York City was one of five candidates for the games but came in fourth behind London,…

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Croquet, an Olympic Sport?
August 1, 2012

It was in 1900, for the first and only time.   The 1900 Olympics, held in Paris, were also the first which allowed women to compete (an Olympic tradition which has, happily, had a longer track record than croquet).  According to Olympic games historian Bill Mallon, two women competed (with other men) in a croquet…

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