Today in 1797 and 1813 New York's most prominent 19th- century Catholic and Protestant clergymen share a birthday: the city's first archbishop John J. Hughes is born in Ireland on this day in 1797, and Henry Ward Beecher, longtime minister of Brooklyn's Plymouth Church, is born in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1813.
Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian, studied History and Political Science at Rutgers University and holds an M.A. in Librarianship from the University of Denver. She has served the New-York Historical Society since 1981.
Laura Washington, Vice President of Communications, has managed communications and media strategy for the New-York Historical Society since May 2005. She has a B.A. in History from Vassar College. She serves on WNET’s Tri-State Community Advisory Board, is a member of WNET’s Programming Committee, and is a founding member of the Council of Urban Professionals Leadership Board.
Susan Kriete, Reference Librarian, holds an M.L.S. from the Palmer School, Long Island University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law. She has been fielding reference requests in the Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections of the New-York Historical Society since 2007.