What was life like for the Newsies of New York? Day to day these poor, often abandoned, sometimes immigrant children sold newspapers on New York City streets in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, trying to earn enough to pay for a bed for the night just to start again the next morning. But eventually, these boys (and sometimes girls) would change the course of history. In 1899 groups of Newsies banded together to strike against how Joseph...Read More
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Thanks to Chaucer, we now associate the holiday with love, though the fates of Valentine of Terni and Valentine of Rome were not very romantic. Still, we have numerous tokens of love in our Museum collections, ranging from the 1750s to the 1960s. Below are just a few, but tell us, what are your favorite love-centric items in our Luce Center?
What could be more romantic than a wedding ring? This was the...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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