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...

Gordon Parks was among the most influential photographers of the...
Tue, 02/27/2018 - 9:38am

Gordon Parks was among the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and part of what made his career so remarkable was how wide-ranging his interests and abilities were. Here in the...

As we bid farewell to the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in...
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:00am

As we bid farewell to the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, let’s take a moment to remember the first time New York State hosted the Winter Games. In 1932, the small resort town of Lake...

The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary organization...
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 9:43am

The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary organization informed by the socialist and Black Power movements in the late 1960s. Founded in Oakland, California, it quickly spread to other...

There are a few significant monuments to George Washington in...
Mon, 02/19/2018 - 9:48am

There are a few significant monuments to George Washington in New York, but the Washington Square Arch is perhaps the most prominent. Designed by Stanford White to commemorate the centennial of...

The Colored National Labor Union was established at a convention...
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:18am

The Colored National Labor Union was established at a convention held in Washington, D.C., in December 1869. While the organization was created because black workers were excluded from the major...

This month marks the 200th anniversary of Frederick...
Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:11am

This month marks the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth. Douglass had been publicly involved in the abolitionist movement for more than two decades when the Civil War broke out. He was...

Hidden, or disappearing, fore-edge painting is a technique that...
Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am

Hidden, or disappearing, fore-edge painting is a technique that dates back to the mid 17th century, when London bookbinders began decorating not the flat edge of a text block, but rather the...

midwestconservator: Oh my…well this is awkward. In a busy print...
Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:57am

midwestconservator: Oh my…well this is awkward. In a busy print shop, it was the compositor’s job to very carefully set the type, letter by letter. Occasionally mistakes were made.  Samuel Gale. ...

The New York World Building, completed in 1890, was once a...
Thu, 02/01/2018 - 7:48pm

The New York World Building, completed in 1890, was once a towering presence on Newspaper Row. Commissioned by Joseph Pulitzer, owner of the New York World, it was, until 1894, the tallest building...

Happy Birthday, Franklin Roosevelt! Born on January 30, 1882, in...
Tue, 01/30/2018 - 10:08am

Happy Birthday, Franklin Roosevelt! Born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, FDR became the 32nd president of the United States in the midst of the Great Depression, and died while still in...

Edith Wharton, born January 24, 1862, in New York City, is of...
Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:08am

Edith Wharton, born January 24, 1862, in New York City, is of course best known for her literary work—but her charitable efforts during World War I were remarkable as well. Wharton had taken up...

One Times Square is easily among the city’s most iconic...
Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:36am

One Times Square is easily among the city’s most iconic addresses. Before the New York Times moved in, however, the area was known as Longacre Square. Adolph Ochs, the newspaper’s publisher,...

In the 1890s, New York politician William Sulzer began investing...
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:11am

In the 1890s, New York politician William Sulzer began investing in the mining industry in what was then the District of Alaska. Over the following decades he continued to visit while pursuing...

Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until...
Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:18am

Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena.Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs will be...

A fire broke out early on the morning of January 12, 1903,...
Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:08am

A fire broke out early on the morning of January 12, 1903, inside a building belonging to Fayerweather & Ladew, a leather manufacturing company, on the southwest corner of Allen and Houston...

Published on January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common...
Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:28am

Published on January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense made an influential argument for American independence. Arriving nine months after the Battles of Lexington and Concord and six...

Just a normal day inside the conservation lab as we get ready...
Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:03am

Just a normal day inside the conservation lab as we get ready for Collecting the Women’s Marches, opening January 19.

New York City winters can be frustrating, for sure. Diarist...
Fri, 01/05/2018 - 9:44am

New York City winters can be frustrating, for sure. Diarist George Templeton Strong went on a bit of a rant following one snowstorm in early January 1856: This is a stern winter. Saturday’s...

Published near the start of the French and Indian War, this map...
Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:02pm

Published near the start of the French and Indian War, this map was made to contrast the “rightful” claims of the English with the “encroachments” of the French. Commissioned by an anti-French...

Happy New Year, everybody! (Yes, there was indeed a time when...
Sun, 12/31/2017 - 11:59pm

Happy New Year, everybody! (Yes, there was indeed a time when people set off fireworks in the middle of Manhattan.)Frank M. Ingalls. Fireworks between 23rd Street and 24th Street, New York City....
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