On July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury and Aaron Burr, Vice President, rowed to Weehawken, NJ to participate in a duel. Longstanding bad blood between the two men—fueled by Burr's taking a senate seat over Hamilton's father-in-law and Hamilton's defamation of Burr during the 1804 gubernatorial race—finally boiled over, and Hamilton agreed to a duel at Burr's suggestion. There was just one problem: dueling was illegal.
The men agreed to duel in New...Read More
It recently came to our attention that Julian Fellowes, creator of the BBC hit show Downton Abbey (what did everyone think of the third season premiere?), is setting his sights on New York's Gilded Age for his next show. The Gilded Age was a remarkable time of growth in America, taking place roughly from the 1870s through the 1890s. The railroad industry boomed, the fight for women's rights grew stronger, and New York saw skyscrapers...Read More
Become a part of history! We're collecting signs, posters, banners, sashes, buttons, flyers, and other ephemera--and the stories behind them--from the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., and any recent nationwide protests, including the women’s marches in January 2017.
Do you have something you'd like to donate to our permanent collection? Contact our curatorial team at email@example.com. Please include your contact information, name of the event the objects are from, and images of the object(s) you would like to...Read More
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