This post was written by Alisa Wade, New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Research Fellow
James Beekman and his wife, Jane Keteltas Beekman, circulated in New York’s high society in the post-Revolutionary era. After returning to the city following British evacuation in 1783, the Beekman family reintegrated themselves into the social circles of the urban elite, entertaining George Washington and others at their Mount Pleasant estate.
Their standing was entrenched by James Beekman’s flourishing mercantile firm, which he...Read More
This post was written by Jonah Estess, former digital projects intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.
Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York familiarized audiences with the New York Draft Riots, a tumultuous, multi-partied conflict including Five Points neighborhood residents, the uptown elite, Union soldiers, rioters, as well as New York’s African American population. From a sketchbook filled with scenes of daily life, the New-York Historical Society has chosen to digitize a set of 13 sketches of New York...Read More
Some words wear a patina of history that make them appear to have been around forever. Others, like "skyscraper," seem inherently modern, embodying the age which first saw the buildings they describe. By complete accident, while looking at an early 19th-century log book in the papers of Philadelphia physician and botanist, William Darlington, we recently stumbled across the word "skyscraper" in a very different context.
In fact, while our contemporary usage dates from about 1883, it is one of many according...Read More
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