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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Pop Culture, Evolved: How Elie and Viola Nadelman Taught Americans to Love Folk Art
May 20, 2016

Written by Claire Lanier.  Admit it―it’s hard not to smile when you’re looking at Jumping Jack. He’s fun, he’s wacky, he’s relaxed (is he lying in shavasana?). Jack the toy clown gets you. So why is it that when we call Jack a “toy,” we smile, but when we call him folk art, we create…

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New-York Historical Society Welcomes New U.S. Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony
April 15, 2016

The New-York Historical Society hosted a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony, where 90 people became U.S. citizens, on Wednesday, April 13. The new U.S. citizens originate from 42 countries, including Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Slovakia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Yemen, among others. New-York Historical’s…

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Meet N-YHS Docent, Deirdre Laporte
March 23, 2016

Deirdre Laporte has been a docent at N-YHS for eight years. She also worked at Bell Labs and AT&T for a full decade. We recently sat down with her to learn more about her roles at the tech giants and how her professional experience enriches her exhibition tours of Silicon City: Computer History Made in…

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How a Blizzard Changed Banking
March 21, 2016

Before the 1970s, all banking was done during business hours. Account holders relied on tellers to deposit and withdraw money, but during the mid-20th century that began to change. In 1960 Luther Simijan unveiled his latest invention the “Bankograph,” which revolutionized banking, allowing cash or check deposits at any time of day or night. Bankographs…

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Final Week: Holiday Express ends February 28
February 23, 2016

We’re now in the final days of our beloved seasonal exhibition, Holiday Express—come learn about toys and trains from a bygone era before the show closes on Sunday, February 28. Though the golden age of the locomotive has long since come to pass, the train set has endured as a popular toy. Toys reflect culture and offer…

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