Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, May 1862, p. 726 {H1.H3}
The Stuyvesant Pear Tree: New York City Mourns the Loss of its “Oldest Living Thing”
February 22, 2017

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections. Building, changing, “developing” has always been New York City’s heritage, especially in the years before landmarking became law.  But nineteenth-century New Yorkers did value one relic from its past, a living relic, no less, and one that met its doom 150 years ago…

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A Christmas Carol: One of those quaint, simple, affecting, humoursome things
December 23, 2011

Holidays evolve — for better or worse. And while there is reason to bemoan the creep of commercialism into every niche of the holiday season, such disappointment is not necessarily as recent as one might think. Charles Dickens’ iconic work, A Christmas Carol: In Prose: Being a ghost story of Christmas arrived in America at a time when contemporaries…

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