May 24th marks the 128th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. While the name John Augustus Roebling is widely associated with the bridge's design and production, the contributions of the six other men involved in the bridge’s engineering is rarely acknowledged in popular history.
Paine (believed to be second from right), pictured on the Brooklyn Bridge during construction, undated. (William H. Paine Papers, MS 475)
One of those men is William H. Paine, an assistant...Read More
This post was written by Alison Barr, Manuscript Department volunteer.
The Charles Frederick Heartman Collection at the New-York Historical Society is comprised of a vast array of material mostly related to American history and culture. Heartman was a well-known and respected book and autograph collector, a bookseller and author who wrote on diverse topics but had a keen interest in African Americana. He was an interesting man. He collected books from a very young age, and...Read More
Above-average temperatures at other times of year may raise alarms of global warming, but autumn heat waves are still fondly referred to as "Indian summer." So where does the term come from, and what exactly does it mean?
A number of explanations have been advanced over the years, including the following:
1. In 1804, Charles Brockden Brown (an early American novelist), suggested that "[i]ts American name it probably owes to it being predicted by the natives to...Read More
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