This section of the website was created to introduce you to the fascinating and amazing subject of HISTORY through the discovery of primary sources.

"The Conflict Gallery"--Before Central Park: The Life and Death of Seneca Village, an exhibition at The New-York Historical Society, Carol May and Tim Watkins, designers.


At this site, you will have the opportunity to become a historical detective who will reconstruct the story of a nineteenth-century community based on clues recovered from the past.

In practicing the historian’s craft by conducting a research project, you will develop the skills needed to collect, analyze, and interpret data so that you can draw your own conclusions about a place and time period in New York City’s history.


This website was originally sponsored by the Bell Atlantic Foundation. It is based on the book The Park and the People: A History of Central Park by Roy Rosenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar. The original website was a collaboration among the Education Department of the New-York Historical Society, The New York Public Library, Office of Young Adult Services, and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University. The New-York Historical Society thanks the Heckscher Foundation for Children, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. For more information, read About This Site.