By Timothy Wroten
The modern red-suited, pot-bellied image of Santa Claus is the imaginative descendant of the historical fourth-century bishop St. Nicolas of Myra. Santa’s appearance and many surrounding holiday traditions owe much to the creative influence of some famous nineteenth-century New Yorkers, including Clement Clarke Moore, the author of “A Visit from St. Nicolas.”
His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up...Read More
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 a few feet tall, depicts a woman wearing a peplos, or body-length garment, common in ancient Greece. (What we might incorrectly...Read More
This week, we’re examining women’s pioneering role in computer programming. To learn more about tech history made in New York, check out our upcoming exhibit Silicon City, opening Friday, November 13. The show explores early inventions that paved the way for the computer—think electricity, the telegraph—to the Big Apple’s contemporary role as a burgeoning epicenter for cutting-edge tech firms.
Who was the world’s first computer scientist? It’s not who you think. Here’s a clue: This person...Read More
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