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
Through March, the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is displaying a number of documents reflecting the long history of African Americans in North America. These complement a particularly important new acquisition, an original letter from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to publisher Henry Luce, that came to N-YHS as part of the recent major donation of the historic records of Time Inc.
Time, January 3, 1964
New York: Time Inc.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Letter to...Read More
Have you ever read a description of some idyllic, sun-soaked historical moment and wondered how a historian could have assembled such an image? Sometimes it's pure fabrication, but if a researcher "does it by the book" there actually are sources for such details, even before official meteorological records were kept.
According to the Encyclopedia of New York, merchant William Laight and his son Henry were the first to maintain an extended record of New York weather, beginning in 1788....Read More
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