This blog was written by Jean Ashton, Senior Director, Resources and Programs, New-York Historical Society.
New York in the summer of 1776 was hot and steamy. Although the city’s merchants and servants, slave and free, continued fulfilling the daily needs of the second largest city in the colonies, much of the remaining population was caught up in the political tensions infusing the city as they witnessed the influx of soldiers from various Northeastern militias. From the...Read More
We've already lamented the death of the original Pennsylvania Station, but at least we still have the Farley Post Office! Designed by McKim, Mead & White, the same firm that designed the original Penn Station, Farley Post Office was meant to echo the design of the train station.
The building, originally called Pennsylvania Terminal, opened on Labor Day 1914. According to The Landmarks of New York by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, it was designed by William Mitchell Kendall...Read More
On May 17, 1973, the United States Senate Watergate Committee convened to begin the investigation on the Watergate scandal. The year before, five men were arrested for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee's headquarters, and President Nixon's campaign office was implicated. From May 17 through August 7, the hearings were broadcast on national television, and an estimated 85% of American households with TVs tuned in.
In the New-York Historical Society Museum collection, political buttons...Read More
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