Tippling is mainly a recreational sport today, but beer was an important source of nutrition in colonial New York. And alcohol also played a role in early American politics, through the time-honored ritual of drinking toasts.
In 18th century America, nearly every public occasion ended with a score of ceremonial drinks and toasts. Verbatim transcripts of the toasts then appeared in local newspapers. Not merely tossed off, these "sentiments" were composed in advance and often expressed...Read More
Most Americans view curling -- reinstated as an Olympic medal event just 16 years ago , in 1998 -- as a novel and peculiar sport. Given its exotic status, not to mention the U.S. team's dismal performance at Sochi, it may come as a surprise to learn that this ancient Scottish game also has a long history here in the United States.
It's generally agreed that the first curling club in America was established in the...Read More
Long before SantaCon, Theron W. Kilmer found -- and photographed -- "A Real Santa" in New York City.
Although largely forgotten now, in his own time Theron W. Kilmer was aptly described as "an amazing person." He was a distinguished physician, an associate professor of pediatrics, a writer, a lecturer, an honorary police chief, a major in the New York National Guard and, for a time, the fifth ranking rifle marksman in the entire U.S....Read More
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New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024