Written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian
It still happens at this time of year, a holiday greeting is slipped under the door from a service provider offering good wishes and a subtle hint to be remembered with an end-of-the-year gratuity. The practice is an old one, but was, in the 18th and 19th centuries, carried off most artfully by newspaper deliverers.
Newspaper workers were literate, clever, and had access to a printing press, so it is fitting...Read More
While the rain falls outside and spring continues to give us only tantalizing glimpses, it seems like a good time to visit a curious little story about the conflicted relationship we Americans have long maintained with nature. In fact, it actually involves the New-York Historical Society itself.
By September 1809, just shy of five years old, the Society had moved into its second home: the northwest room of the Government House's second floor at Bowling Green....Read More
Post written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian
The logbook’s entry for the morning, 200 years ago, of August 19, 1812 records hazy weather, temperature 64° in the air and a similar 65° in water. By “3/4 past 11 am” the weather is cloudy with fresh breezes, so the mizzen topsail is set.
And then it ends.
But for the U.S. frigate Constitution, it is very much a beginning—of an illustrious record in the War of 1812 and a...Read More
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New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024