Open Earth Day

The Museum is open Monday, April 22, 10 am-6 pm. See how we're celebrating Earth Day Weekend.

We’re celebrating Earth Day by taking a little trip to the...
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:19am

We’re celebrating Earth Day by taking a little trip to the Palisades and remembering that were it not for conservation efforts begun in the 1890s, these scenic cliffs along the Hudson River might...

The first complete Bible printed in New York was an edition of...
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:11am

The first complete Bible printed in New York was an edition of John Brown’s Self-Interpreting Bible, printed in 1792. To emphasize its Americanness, the Bible’s frontispiece featured an...

Just a few last minute calculations and that Form 1040 will be...
Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:03am

Just a few last minute calculations and that Form 1040 will be all set for the IRS! Boys’ Club of New York. Boy practicing arithmetic with coins at the Tompkins Square Building [i.e. Harriman...

From the Diary of George Templeton Strong:April 12, Friday. War...
Fri, 04/12/2019 - 10:13am

From the Diary of George Templeton Strong:April 12, Friday. War has begun – unless my Extra Herald lies and its Charleston d­­­ispatch is bogus.Busy down town.… Walked up with [George Anthon]....

Mangin Street once ran from Grand Street to Houston Street near...
Tue, 04/09/2019 - 11:24am

Mangin Street once ran from Grand Street to Houston Street near the eastern edge of New York’s Lower East Side. At the start of the 20th century, it was home to a handful of tenements populated by...

Most New Yorkers are familiar with the Chrysler Building, but...
Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:01am

Most New Yorkers are familiar with the Chrysler Building, but that’s only one of several skyscrapers in the neighborhood of Grand Central Terminal that were part of New York’s building boom in the...

The W.I.V.E.S. was founded by a group of Brooklyn women in 1943...
Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:54pm

The W.I.V.E.S. was founded by a group of Brooklyn women in 1943 to support the overseas service of their spouses during World War II. Their initial focus was on urging Congress to amend the Soldier...

“This book containeth matter written with the hand of Geo....
Thu, 03/28/2019 - 11:12am

“This book containeth matter written with the hand of Geo. T. Strong—concerning Geo. T. Strong and for the eye of Geo. T. Strong alone. Do thou therefore whoever thou mayst be who openest this Book—...

In 1979, women constituted 6.2% of the New York State...
Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:56am

In 1979, women constituted 6.2% of the New York State Legislature and 3.2% of the United States Congress. In 1999, those figures rose to 20.9% in the state legislature and 12.1% in Congress. Today it...

Zadock Pratt’s tannery, the largest of several in the Catskills,...
Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:09pm

Zadock Pratt’s tannery, the largest of several in the Catskills, consumed almost 500,000 hemlock trees during its two decades of operation. Workers chopped down trees and removed the bark, which...

Rockefeller Center was a wildly ambitious project to create a...
Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:29am

Rockefeller Center was a wildly ambitious project to create a city within a city—a set of buildings and public spaces that would both stand apart from and incorporate the surrounding streets....

On July 4, 1921, thousands of New Yorkers marched up Fifth...
Wed, 03/13/2019 - 9:48am

On July 4, 1921, thousands of New Yorkers marched up Fifth Avenue to protest the prohibition laws that had come into effect a year and a half earlier. Promoted by the American Liberties League, the...

“Believe you have one of the great stories of the war,” is how...
Sat, 03/09/2019 - 12:22pm

“Believe you have one of the great stories of the war,” is how Henry Luce responded to Dorothy Thompson’s piece on the July 20, 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Thompson, who was among...

Hailed as “the Liberator and Elevator of Women,” and “Queen of...
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:22am

Hailed as “the Liberator and Elevator of Women,” and “Queen of the American Bar,” Belva Lockwood was one the most prominent advocates for gender equality in the late 19th century. In 1879 she...

In the 1820s, what is now known as the Lower East Side was a...
Thu, 02/28/2019 - 10:04am

In the 1820s, what is now known as the Lower East Side was a fashionable neighborhood of single-family rowhouses, but as the more affluent residents began moving north, the area gradually became...

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, founded in 1809, is one of the...
Mon, 02/25/2019 - 11:18am

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, founded in 1809, is one of the country’s oldest black parishes. From its origins in Lower Manhattan, the church moved uptown several times, following the black...

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was about to address his...
Thu, 02/21/2019 - 10:30am

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was about to address his Organization of Afro-American Unity in New York’s Audubon Ballroom when he was shot and killed by members of the Nation of Islam. In the...

The Philadelphia Library Company of Colored...
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:02am

The Philadelphia Library Company of Colored Persons was founded in 1833 to serve the city’s growing free black community. The library held regular lecture events, and for the 29th...

Clement Clarke Moore, known mainly for his Christmas poem “A...
Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:33am

Clement Clarke Moore, known mainly for his Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” may have had something to contribute to Valentine’s Day as well. In an apparently unpublished work, he...

Abraham Lincoln, born 210 years ago today, inspired a great deal...
Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:01am

Abraham Lincoln, born 210 years ago today, inspired a great deal of patriotic sentiment during the American Civil War. Printed envelopes, or “corner cards,” like these were a popular medium for...

Black New Yorkers celebrated the ratification of the...
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:32am

Black New Yorkers celebrated the ratification of the 15th Amendment with a large and festive procession through the city on April 8, 1870. The amendment prohibiting racial discrimination in voting...

Close to a decade after the success of the Montgomery Bus...
Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:02am

Close to a decade after the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Rosa Parks returned to her home state to take part in the march from Selma to Montgomery against discriminatory voting practices....

To celebrate the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth,...
Thu, 01/31/2019 - 10:23am

To celebrate the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth, we’re looking at some images featured in the 1987 exhibit Jackie Robinson: An American Journey. Robinson was of course a transformative...

The Tenement House Exhibit opened in February 1900 as a way to...
Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:09am

The Tenement House Exhibit opened in February 1900 as a way to publicize the need for housing reform in New York. Organized by Lawrence Veiller, the exhibit presented visitors with a wide range...

Martin Luther King Jr. gave many memorable speeches, but...
Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:01am

Martin Luther King Jr. gave many memorable speeches, but the poster above is for a speech he never gave. In 1956, a coalition of organizations began planning a massive rally and fundraiser to support...

Heading outside today? Stay warm!Or…maybe stay in and...
Sat, 01/19/2019 - 2:35pm

Heading outside today? Stay warm!Or…maybe stay in and explore our Digital Collections?George E. Stonebridge.  Sea lions in snow, New York Zoological Gardens [the Bronx Zoo], Bronx, N.Y., 1899. glass...

The high cost of living in New York City is not a new problem....
Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:20am

The high cost of living in New York City is not a new problem. In 1917, a committee of social reformers proposed a set of solutions based on Georgist economic theory. Their contention was that by...

The brownstone fronts of row houses have been a characteristic...
Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:32am

The brownstone fronts of row houses have been a characteristic feature of New York’s residential architecture since the mid-19th century. The material’s popularity was partly due to its...

[Edward] Jones: A notorious villain. Basil Wood: If possible...
Fri, 01/04/2019 - 10:06am

[Edward] Jones: A notorious villain. Basil Wood: If possible worse.So went William Duane’s assessment of the Treasury staff during John Adams’ presidency. The secretary of state’s office didn’t...

Happy New Year!“New Year’s Joys” postcard. circa 1915. Marilynn...
Mon, 12/31/2018 - 3:18pm

Happy New Year!“New Year’s Joys” postcard. circa 1915. Marilynn Gelfman Karp Collection of Ephemera. New-York Historical Society. 
Creative: Tronvig Group