Historians are accustomed to constructing human history through surviving texts, architecture, and images but the living world can help us understand our past in its own unique way. A particularly good example of this is the Tree of Heaven, or Ailanthus altissima. Although now widely regarded as a weed, at one time it was a heralded exotic plant. Most will also recognize it as the focal point of the novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It's a tree anyone living in or...Read More
With the centennial of its sinking having arrived, the Titanic is a big ticket these days. Fittingly, most commemorations recognize the terrible loss of life associated with its sinking but there are certainly less somber aspects of this catastrophe too. Aside from its great quantity of passengers, the Titanic also sailed with a modest cargo, and sadly for librarians and book lovers everywhere, that cargo included many shipments of books.
This note and receipt from the...Read More
Few people are aware that the Half Moon Club even existed and this probably wouldn't have bothered its members very much. Although it wasn't a secret society, its surviving club "log" suggests that it was on par with other leading Progressive Era social organizations -- elite, sophisticated and enormously selective.
Beginning in 1906, the Half Moon Club met twice and sometimes three times a year until its last recorded meeting in 1934. With Henry Hudson and...Read More
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