Getting into the “spirit” of Halloween
October 26, 2016

This post was written by Damla Bek, Library Page. New York City abounds with tales of ghosts, and with each retelling, we breathe new life into these stories. Every story is descended from some grain of truth, but over time, we spin them into something far more spectacular and memorable, where New York City is…

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NOW ON VIEW: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., with selections relating to African American history
February 3, 2016

Through March, the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is displaying a number of documents reflecting the long history of African Americans in North America. These complement a particularly important new acquisition, an original letter from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to publisher Henry Luce, that came to N-YHS as part of the recent…

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New Amsterdam Becomes New York, and Peter Stuyvesant Gets Over It: It’s Been 350 Years
September 3, 2014

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections It was once an occasion worth marking—when, on September 8, 1664, the English took the city.  The bicentennial of the event was toasted with an elaborate New-York Historical Society dinner at the Cooper Institute, a welcome way to set aside the strains of…

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When Did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green?
December 10, 2010

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…

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