Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will be closed Tuesday, January 27 and will reopen Wednesday, January 28. For details, please visit our calendar.

Why Are Beavers on the Seal of NYC?

The reason lies in their economic importance to the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam which sought to establish an economical fur trade to supply Holland. Although the skins of several animals were traded, beavers represented the dominant commodity, so much so that beaver skins were used as money in both New Amsterdam and early colonial New York.

Creative: Tronvig Group