Last Thursday (March 1), Yellowstone National Park marked its 140th year of existence. It's also a perfect excuse to remind everyone that, despite our name, the New-York Historical Society's collections document the history of the entire United States, not just of New York and its neighbors.
In his 2008 television series documenting his tour of the United States, English actor Stephen Fry mused “It’s the curse of tourism to destroy what it most desires”, an observation...Read More
Written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
Such a challenge seems unheard of in modern warfare, but, nearly a year into the War of 1812, Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke of the British frigate Shannon wrote to Captain James Lawrence of the United States frigate Chesapeake promising that their ships could duel outside of Boston without interference from any vessel. The ships could even sail out under a flag of truce; “choose your terms,...Read More
Scrapbooks are unpredictable. Each page turn may reveal some obscure, interesting piece of ephemera, photograph or letter. But it's still a bit surprising to unearth x-rays of a man's head and chest as we found in one of two enormous scrapbooks of Melville E. Stone Jr.
Born in Chicago in 1874, Stone was an 1897 graduate of Harvard who followed his father, Melville Sr. and brother, Herbert, into the publishing trade. In 1909, he became president of the Metropolitan...Read More
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