What is the New-York Historical Society and Why is New-York Hyphenated?

Founded in 1804 as a repository for books and documents dealing with American history, the New-York Historical Society was the city's second library and first museum. Designated a "Society" in emulation of the great European scientific bodies of the Enlightenment, the organization used (and has retained) the hyphenated version of the city's name that was common at the time.

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