Post written by Timothy Wroten, N-YHS Communications
The Historical Society is holding a prize contest through January 31, 2011 for contemporary photographs of Times Square to help us document the ever-changing neighborhood. Everyone from the serious to the amateur photographer is invited to contribute; the first-prize winner receives $500 and all contestants get the chance to have their photos become part of the Historical Society’s permanent collection. Please visit http://contest.nyhistory.org/ for more information.
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This post was written by Julia Lipkins, Reference Archivist, Manuscripts Department.
Archival collections from the Revolutionary War period are thick with stories of heroic soldiers and their battles won and lost. Although less evident, collections of this era also contain documentation of what President Obama describes as the “nation’s original sin,”[i] i.e. the institution of slavery. I recently examined the papers of Horatio Gates (1728-1806), a general in the Continental Army, who defeated the British at the Battle...Read More
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 the Civil War and President Lincoln’s reelection campaign. The founding date “1664” decorated the New York City seal for a good...Read More
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