What does smallpox have to do with American history? According to David Rosner, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, advisor to the exhibition BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York, everything. In this three-part series, written by Rosner, we'll take a look at the impact smallpox has had on our social fabric.
Some might be surprised to see the New-York Historical Society...Read More
Governors Island, situated right off Brooklyn's Buttermilk Channel, has played an important part in New York's military history. During the American Revolution, canons on the island protected the East River. During the Civil War, Castle Williams and Fort Jay held Confederate prisoners of war. In 1966, it became a National Coast Guard base. And throughout, the island is covered with historic homes where military officers raised their families.
This summer, the New-York Historical Society’s Student Historians...Read More
By all accounts, Carl Mays was a fantastic ballplayer. According to the the Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports, he won "53 games in his first two full seasons with the Yankees." However, his career was marred by a tragic incident that occurred August 16, 1920 (92 years ago today), when his pitch hit Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman in the head, and Chapman died of his injuries. The New York Times wrote:
Mays is greatly shocked over...Read More
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