This Sunday is both Father’s Day and Al Hirschfeld’s birthday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down with Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, president of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, which honors her late husband’s art through exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives. In our brief chat, she discusses birthday traditions, birthday cards, and fatherhood. So, how will you spend the holiday? Come check out The Hirschfeld Century and enjoy a two-for-one admission with a printout of this blog...Read More
Today is the anniversary of the colony of New Amsterdam officially becoming New York, when the Dutch ceded control to the British. But Dutch influence on New York, and on America, is longstanding--Dutch values of tolerance and freedom of religion are things Americans hold dear (in 1597 The Netherlands established “no one shall be persecuted or investigated because of his religion"). But Dutch culture made its way into our language as well.
This dictionary, currently on display...Read More
"Brothers and friends, I am Toussaint Louverture; perhaps my name has made itself known to you. I have undertaken vengeance. I want Liberty and Equality to reign in St. Domingue. I am working to make that happen. Unite yourselves to us, brothers, and fight with us for the same cause."
These words were spoken by Toussaint Louverture, known as the "George Washington of the Haitian Revolution," on August 29, 1793 to Black Haitians at Camp Turel....Read More
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