The Fraunces Tavern Museum has announced their annual Battles of Lexington and Concord Dinner, hosted by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, has been set for Monday, April 22nd, 2018. An opening reception will be held at 6:30 pm, with dinner from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. [Read more…] about Fraunces Tavern’s Lexington and Concord Dinner Set
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On March 1, Fraunces Tavern Museum revealed the results of its Long Room Enhancement Project to the public for the first time.
Museum Director, Jacqueline Masseo, who spearheaded the project, and Facilities & Operations Manager, Eric Sussman, who oversaw the design’s installation, cut a ribbon at a ceremony attended by the entire Museum staff on February 28.
The room is the historic site where George Washington bid an emotional farewell to his officers on December 4, 1783 following the end of the American Revolution. For over a hundred years since the Museum’s opening 1907, the Long Room has served as a portal to the past for thousands of New York City School children and tourists.
Suzanne Hinman’s new book The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal, and Architecture in Gilded Age New York (Syracuse University Press, 2019) looks back to November 1891, the heart of Gilded Age Manhattan.
Thousands filled the streets surrounding Madison Square, when after countless struggles, Stanford White – the country’s most celebrated architect was about to dedicate America’s tallest tower, the final cap set atop his Madison Square Garden, the country’s grandest new palace of pleasure. Amid a flood of electric light and fireworks, the gilded figure topping the tower was suddenly revealed – an eighteen-foot nude sculpture of Diana, the Roman Virgin Goddess of the Hunt, created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, White’s pal. [Read more…] about Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal, and Architecture
The Brooklyn Museum has announced “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall,” an exhibition featuring twenty-two contemporary LGBTQ+ artists whose work honors the fight for queer liberation in the years since the 1969 Stonewall Uprising – on view May 3 through December 8, 2019. [Read more…] about Art 50 Years After Stonewall Exhibit Opening in Brooklyn
The New Amsterdam History Center’s Lecture Series, in the City of New York, is set to continue on Wednesday, March 20th, with Cartographic Visions of New Netherland & New Amsterdam: Depictions of Resources and Peoples, led by Ian Fowler, Curator and Geospatial Librarian for the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division at the New York Public Library.
First published in 1996, All the Nations Under Heaven: Immigrants, Migrants, and the Making of New York (Revised, Columbia University Press, 2019), written by Frederick M. Binder, David M. Reimers, and Rovert W. Snyder, chronicles the role of immigrants and migrants in shaping the history and culture of New York City.
This updated edition of a classic text brings the story of the immigrant experience in New York City up to the present with new material on the city’s revival as a global metropolis with deeply rooted racial and economic inequalities. [Read more…] about All the Nations Under Heaven Revised
Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History have announced that David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster), is the recipient of the 2019 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.
A noted Civil War historian, Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University and directs the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University. [Read more…] about Frederick Douglass Biographer Wins Lincoln Prize
The American Irish Historical Society has announced a book launch for The Writing Irish Of New York, a collection of original essays and remembrances by Colum McCann, Billy Collins, Luanne Rice, Malachy McCourt and many others who provide personal accounts of how generations of Irish authors found their voice in the Big Apple, has been set for Tuesday, February 12th at 7 pm. [Read more…] about Book Launch: The Writing Irish of New York
Peggy Gavin’s new book The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendship in Old New York (Rutgers University Press, 2019) looks back to the nineteenth century in New York City, when humans dealt with feline overpopulation by gassing unwanted cats or tossing them in rivers, and the people who rescued them from the streets and welcomed them into their homes and hearts. [Read more…] about The Cats of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendship in Old New York
Fifty years ago this month, John Vliet Lindsay, 103rd mayor of New York and national paragon of urban progressivism, faced ruin in Rego Park.
The worst winter storm in in almost two decades hit on Sunday, February 9, 1969, dumping 15 inches in Central Park and 20 inches out at Kennedy Airport in Queens and resulting in the deaths of 42 people. Seventy-two hours later, much of the city was dug out and businesses and schools were slowly getting back to normal.