Ahead of the New York City Pride March this weekend, here is a...
Thu, 06/21/2018 - 7:48pm

Ahead of the New York City Pride March this weekend, here is a look back at the event from a few decades ago. The 19th Gay and Lesbian Pride March took place June 26, 1988. Along with the...

Our new exhibition Celebrating Bill Cunningham documents the...
Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:02am

Our new exhibition Celebrating Bill Cunningham documents the career of the influential fashion photographer with a wide range of material that includes video, scrapbooks, and of course photographs...

Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag at 239 Arch...
Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:07am

Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag at 239 Arch Street in 1776? Probably not, but by the end of the 19th century, plenty of people believed that she did. The legend of Betsy Ross,...

The botanical specimens pressed within Rufus King’s copy of...
Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:28am

The botanical specimens pressed within Rufus King’s copy of Arbustrum Americanum are a reminder of the personal histories that books carry with them. Plant matter, however, is something of a...

Happy National Best Friends Day! (This is a day for dogs,...
Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:16am

Happy National Best Friends Day! (This is a day for dogs, right?)William Hassler.  Barefoot boy [William Gray Hassler?] plays with dog on the shore of a river or lake. circa 1910. New-York...

From Battery Park, at the edge of New York Harbor, you can look...
Mon, 06/04/2018 - 10:08am

From Battery Park, at the edge of New York Harbor, you can look out toward the Statue of Liberty as the sculpture of Giovanni da Verrazzano once did before it was removed, restored, and finally...

Walt Whitman, born May 31, 1819 on Long Island, was always...
Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:44am

Walt Whitman, born May 31, 1819 on Long Island, was always redefining what poetry was and could be. The fragment attached to the portrait above is thought to belong to a draft of his essay “The...

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled on Memorial Day...
Mon, 05/28/2018 - 10:08am

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled on Memorial Day in 1902. Prior to the dedication ceremony, more than 10,000 people, including many Union Army veterans, paraded through Manhattan from...

If you’re about to go door-to-door selling HBO and cable...
Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:28am

If you’re about to go door-to-door selling HBO and cable television subscriptions, you need to have your facts straight. You need to be able to answer questions like “How are the programs...

Success was a full-rigged ship built in 1840 and turned into a...
Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:15am

Success was a full-rigged ship built in 1840 and turned into a traveling exhibition a half decade later. Its owners claimed it was a legendary convict ship that transported thousands of...

In May 1954, the RCA Exhibition Hall on 49th Street was home to...
Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:38am

In May 1954, the RCA Exhibition Hall on 49th Street was home to the “Festival of Color,” a public demonstration of color television. Crowds gathered to see live color telecasts of NBC programs shown...

In 1955, a young George Kalinsky went with his father to see a...
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:12am

In 1955, a young George Kalinsky went with his father to see a World Series game at Yankee Stadium. While there, he took a poignant photograph of the Brooklyn Dodgers lined up for the national...

To celebrate Mother’s Day, please look directly into the eye of...
Sun, 05/13/2018 - 10:09am

To celebrate Mother’s Day, please look directly into the eye of Mother Bulldog and think about what you’ve done. William Hassler. Mother bulldog and three puppies posed in an armchair with a Union...

Get ready for 66,000 images documenting the construction of New...
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:27am

Get ready for 66,000 images documenting the construction of New York City’s subway system!We have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize our Subway...

When the whole squad loves spring :)Robert Bracklow. Group under...
Sat, 05/05/2018 - 9:48am

When the whole squad loves spring :)Robert Bracklow. Group under flowering trees, Kingsbridge, Bronx. 1897. New-York Historical Society.

On April 30, 1939, New York City welcomed the world to Flushing...
Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:03am

On April 30, 1939, New York City welcomed the world to Flushing Meadows Park for the futuristic New York World’s Fair. This souvenir booklet expresses some of the exposition’s ambition with...

It was 1986 and the era of media consolidation was already...
Thu, 04/26/2018 - 8:21pm

It was 1986 and the era of media consolidation was already underway. Time Inc. was publishing a wide variety of books and magazines while expanding its reach into broadcast programming and cable...

During World War I, Americans were encouraged to cut back on...
Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:12am

During World War I, Americans were encouraged to cut back on their consumption of sugar, along with wheat, meat, and fats. The restrictions, recommended by the United States Food Administration,...

Clara Bloodgood made her professional stage debut in 1898 as one...
Thu, 04/19/2018 - 8:22am

Clara Bloodgood made her professional stage debut in 1898 as one of the dancing girls in the Empire Theater’s production of The Conquerors. Prior to that, she was a prominent figure in New York...

The iron fence around Bowling Green was put up in 1771 to...
Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:33am

The iron fence around Bowling Green was put up in 1771 to protect the park and its new statue of King George III. While the statue was torn down when the Declaration of Independence reached New...

Until the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, New...
Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:17am

Until the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, New York was a major hub of the international feather trade. Importers, manufacturers, and retailers brought plumes from as far away as...

On this National Library Workers Day, let us celebrate all the...
Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:09am

On this National Library Workers Day, let us celebrate all the talented library workers who catalog books, answer reference questions, and occasionally share cat memes.William Hassler. Harriet E....

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago on...
Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:13am

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago on April 4, 1968. New York, like cities and towns across the nation, was shocked and angry. The following day, between seven and eight...

“Rorate celi de super et nubes pluant iustum,” reads the front...
Mon, 04/02/2018 - 8:08pm

“Rorate celi de super et nubes pluant iustum,” reads the front cover of this 1709 German gazetteer. Why would there be a Latin liturgical text on the cover a seemingly unrelated book? The answer is...

The Sibyl, edited by Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck, declared that it was...
Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:18am

The Sibyl, edited by Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck, declared that it was “Devoted to Reform in Every Department of Life,” although its special focus was on the issue of dress reform. It saw restrictive...

The Revolution, published in New York by Susan B. Anthony with...
Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:03am

The Revolution, published in New York by Susan B. Anthony with editors Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Parker Pillsbury, debuted on January 8, 1868. First on its list of progressive causes was “...

Second FigSafe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand: Come...
Wed, 03/21/2018 - 9:59am

Second FigSafe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand: Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand! from A Few Figs From Thistles (1920)Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote poetry that was...

Elizabeth Oakes Smith, denied the opportunity to pursue a formal...
Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:07am

Elizabeth Oakes Smith, denied the opportunity to pursue a formal education, nevertheless made her way into the American literary scene with the publication of her poem “The Sinless Child” in 1842....

The poetry of Frances E. W. Harper, like her prose and...
Thu, 03/15/2018 - 9:33am

The poetry of Frances E. W. Harper, like her prose and journalism, was  targeted at the injustices of late 19th-century American society. As a black woman born to free parents in 1825, Harper was...

Annis Boudinot Stockton, one of the first women to...
Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:02am

Annis Boudinot Stockton, one of the first women to publish poetry in America, was very much at the center of the young nation’s cultural and political life. She was married to Richard Stockton, one...

Phillis Wheatley, born in West Africa and sold into slavery as a...
Thu, 03/08/2018 - 9:54am

Phillis Wheatley, born in West Africa and sold into slavery as a child, became one of the most famous American poets of the late 18th century. Exceedingly precocious, she took full advantage of...

Anne Bradstreet was about 18 years old in 1630 when she sailed...
Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:12am

Anne Bradstreet was about 18 years old in 1630 when she sailed aboard the Arbella from her native England to her new home in America. Not long after, in the midst of motherhood and the deprivations...
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