This post was written by Marybeth Kavanagh, Reference Librarian
On December 4, 1875, William Magear "Boss" Tweed, notorious grand sachem of New York City's Democratic political machine Tammany Hall, escaped from the Ludlow Street jail where he was being held on charges of stealing somewhere between $20 and $300 million from the city treasury. While awaiting trial, Tweed was granted special privileges not offered to other inmates, such as a luxurious cell, catered meals, carriage rides and home visits. It was on a family visit at...Read More
This post was written by Alice Browne, N-YHS cataloguer
September 17 marks the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day of fighting in the Civil War, which left almost four thousand dead. It was not a conclusive victory for either side, but did put an end to Lee’s invasion of Maryland. N-YHS photograph and manuscript collections contain images and eyewitness accounts which make the horror of the battle very vivid....Read More
This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian.
Last year at this time, we commemorated George Washington’s birthday by following a wooden statue of the general and President in its convoluted journey from city monument to private hands to mythologizing. It would not be the only sculpture to share such a fate, and this week we consider yet another wandering Washington likeness.
In 1838 the self-taught Scottish stone carver James Thom fashioned a Washington statue from...Read More
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