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Category Archives: Blasts from the Past

Frances Wright: Unsung Heroine of the Suffrage Movement

When you think of Women’s History Month, which names come to mind? Many people rightfully associate Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton with the women’s rights movement of the 1800s. After all, they founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869, an organization to help women gain the right to vote. For all of [...]

Another Gettysburg Address

One hundred and fifty years ago today, thousands gathered in Gettysburg, PA for the dedication of a national cemetery for those who died at the Battle of Gettysburg in July, 1863. The three days of this battle left over 51,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead, missing, captured, or wounded. The country needed to heal from [...]

Halloween History: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The origins of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” lie shrouded in mystery. Some say that the character of the Headless Horseman was inspired by the German folktale “The Wild Huntsman.” Washington Irving may have heard this tale while traveling abroad. Others insist that the Headless Horseman was based on an actual Hessian soldier who was [...]

Halloween History: Fortune Telling Games

Halloween has a fascinating history, and the New-York Historical Society will explore some of it at our first Spirits of Hallowe’ens Past family party. The party will take place on Halloween from 5-7 pm and is free with Museum admission. The night’s activities are inspiring a series of Halloween History blog posts. This first post [...]

Explore the Beekman Family Tree!

How far back can you trace your family tree? The Beekman family can trace its roots in New York City all the way back to 1647, when Wilhelmus Beekman arrived in New Amsterdam on the same ship as Director-General Peter Stuyvesant! Wilhelmus Beekman was born on April 28, 1623 in Holland. As a young man [...]

Blast From the Past: The Mystery of the Missing Eagles

It all started with very good intentions. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn into office as the 32nd President of the United States in March of 1933. It was a very dark time in our country’s history – we were in the middle of the worst economic depression we had ever seen or would see. One [...]

Blast from the Past: The New York City Draft Riots

By Jacqueline Smith During the summer of 1863, New York City erupted in violence. July marks the 150th anniversary of the New York City Draft Riots-the largest civil uprising in our nation’s history. From Monday July 13, 1863 until Thursday July 16, 1863 mobs wreaked havoc on the streets of New York, looting stores, attacking [...]

Newsies on Strike and on Film!

  Come beat the heat this Sunday at 2pm with the newsboys and newsgirls of New York in the 1992 Disney film Newsies. This film is based on an actual newsboy-organized strike that stopped the city in July, 1899. Hundreds of boys and girls who sold newspapers on the streets of New York marched onto [...]

July 4th History of Ice Cream: A Sneak Peak

  The New-York Historical Society is going all-out for the 4th of July! We’ll have an Independence Day scavenger hunt, a Ben Franklin reenactor, and a whole lot of ice cream. What does ice cream have to do with independence, you ask? Well not that much- very few New Yorkers ate ice cream in the late 1700s; however, [...]

West Side Story: “I like the island Manhattan”

On Sunday June 30th the DiMenna Children’s History Museum’s summer film series continues with the classic movie musical West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Come in from the heat, see it again, sing along, eat some popcorn, and introduce a new generation to this timeless love story set [...]

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