Preserving History, One Sticky Note at a Time
January 20, 2017

Written by Claire L. Lanier During the heated 2016 election, New York artist Matthew “Levee” Chavez famously started the “sticky note project” in the Union Square subway station in Manhattan. Armed with nothing more than some pens and sticky notes, Levee encouraged passersby to write down their emotions surrounding the election and post them on the…

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The Presidency Project: An Initiative from the New-York Historical Society
January 6, 2017

Written by Marci Reaven, Vice President for History Exhibitions  The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804, which means the Museum has been around for every U.S. presidency since Thomas Jefferson’s. Walk through our galleries, visit the Library, or dig down deep into our collections. Everywhere you look you’ll find objects, images, and documents associated…

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The Journey of the Torlonia Peplophoros
December 9, 2016

Written by Claire L. Lanier, N-YHS Social Media and Content Manager  Our story starts with a crime: On November 11, 1983, a marble Peplophoros statue—along with 15 other items—was stolen from the historic Villa Torlonia, once home to famous Vatican banker Giovanni Torlonia, whose family owned the property for nearly 200 years. The statue, just…

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Was Asher B. Durand a Proto-Vegan or Just a Vegetarian: Art as Therapy?
December 5, 2016

Written by Dr. Roberta J.M. Olson, Curator of Drawings, New-York Historical Society The leader of the second-generation Hudson River School painters, Asher B. Durand (1796–1886), believed in the therapeutic power of Nature. Durand’s empiricism and dedication to Nature are evident in the Historical Society’s ten sketchbooks (two of which are fragments of disassembled sketchbooks), 310 drawings,…

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Wearing Your Politics on Your Sleeve: Kelly Jacobs and the Legacy of the Campaign Dress
September 13, 2016

Written by Claire Lanier In 1966 Scott Paper Company – of toilet paper manufacturing fame – needed a new marketing campaign and landed on a new form of fashion: the paper dress. For $1, women could receive a paper dress in the mail, along with coupons for paper towels, toilet paper, and other Scott products. The…

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Shirley Hayes and the Battle of Washington Square Park, 1952–1959
August 3, 2016

This blog post was written by Stephen Petrus, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow.   In the 1950s, Washington Square Park, the focal point of Greenwich Village, was the site of contentious debates in urban planning. The conflict stemmed from the plan of Parks Commissioner Robert Moses to construct a roadway through the square. Moses…

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New York City and the Declaration of Independence
June 28, 2016

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…

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The Battle of Saratoga’s Tragic Aftermath
June 27, 2016

This blog post was written by T. Cole Jones, Ph.D., NEH Fellow, Assistant Professor, Purdue University. You probably learned in grade school that the Battle of Saratoga was the turning point of the American Revolution. American General Horatio Gates’ victory over British General John Burgoyne in October 1777 convinced the French to enter the conflict…

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37 Countries. 189 New U.S. Citizens.
June 16, 2016

The New-York Historical Society was honored to welcome 189 new U.S. citizens at a special naturalization ceremony on June 14. The date was especially poignant because it was Flag Day—the commemoration of when the U.S. flag was adopted in 1777, at the Second Continental Congress. The new citizens came from 37 countries, including China, Mexico,…

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