This post was written by Heather Mulliner, spring semester intern in the Department of Manuscripts.
A career in politics seemed all but inevitable for George Frederick Seward, the nephew of Lincoln’s famed Secretary of State (and one-time Presidential rival) William Henry Seward. But like his better-known uncle – whose vocal opposition to slavery cost him the Presidential nomination – George Frederick Seward’s political ambitions were thwarted by his stand on a controversial issue.
G.F. Seward’s career as...Read More
Just in time for the 72nd anniversary of New York's 1939 World's Fair -- which opened on April 30th, 1939 -- the New-York Historical Society has received an extensive collection of photographs and other memorabilia documenting this momentous event.
President Roosevelt's official dedication at the Fair's opening ceremonies.
Although Paul Gillespie was only 12 years old in 1939, and almost certainly did not attend the fair himself, he apparently developed a lifelong fascination with the "World of...Read More
Admittedly that would make much more sense to pre-1752 New Yorkers. Until then England and its colonies still used the Julian calendar, by which the New Year began on March 25th, rather than January 1st.
"The Orrery", The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure, 1749.
Because the formula used by the Julian calendar did not accurately measure a true year (i.e., the time it takes the earth to orbit the sun), in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII adjusted...Read More
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