In this episode of the podcast Someone Lived Here, Kendra Gaylord explores Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY. The mansion was built by former New York City mayor William Pauling and designed by the architect Alexander Jackson Davis. It was then purchased by the Merritt family who doubled the size of the home by commissioning the same architect. Jay Gould purchased the home and upon his death, his daughter Helen and later his daughter Anna would take over the property. [Read more…] about Someone Lived Here: Lyndhurst Mansion
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In March 1865, family patriarch Seabury Tredwell died in his upstairs bedroom; his wake and funeral were held in the double parlor, shrouded in black crepe. Grief was not unique to the Tredwell family that year.
More than 600,000 Americans had died by the end of the Civil War, and with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the nation plunged into a period of unprecedented public mourning.
The overwhelming sense of grief and loss led to heightened interest in Spiritualism, as survivors attempted to contact their dearly departed through séances and mediums. [Read more…] about Death and Mourning in 19th Century New York
In the 19th century, death and funerals took place at home. The Merchant’s House Museum is set to host “Sacred to the Memory:” From Parlor to Grave, a 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Cemetery Procession, on Sunday, October 27, 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
The Museum’s Tredwells’ double parlor will be veiled in black crepe as attendees recreate the 1865 funeral of family patriarch Seabury Tredwell and explore the customs surrounding death in 19th century New York City. [Read more…] about Parlor to Grave: An 1865 Funeral Procession
The 13th NYC Anarchist Book Fair has been set for September 6th and 7th, at Judson Memorial, 55 Washington Square South, in the City of New York.
The NYC Anarchist Book Fair aims at contributing to the ongoing dialogue, analysis and practice of current society, increasing knowledge about history, and create inspiration for the building of liberation alternatives such as mutual aid, autonomy, solidarity, collectivize and consensus based decision making, to name a few. [Read more…] about Anarchist Bookfair, Art & Film Festivals Sept 6-7 in NYC
Andrea Janes, founder of Boroughs of the Dead which offers macabre tours in New York City, will explore Poe’s New York, framed by his own writings, such as his Doings of Gotham, which chronicled current events in the city in 1844, the anniversary of Poe’s death at the 1832 Merchant’s House Museum in the city of New York.
Janes will also discuss his works The Balloon-Hoax, the Mystery of Marie Roget, The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar, and The Raven and delve into some of Poe’s myriad interests: phrenology and mesmerism as well as true crime, murder, and scandal. Along the way, she will address and clarify myths and urban legends. [Read more…] about Doings of Gotham: Edgar Allan Poe in New York City
This year marks 300 years since the construction of 54 Pearl Street, in Manhattan, the building that became Fraunces Tavern. The Fraunces Tavern Museum and Restaurant are set to join together to commemorate this anniversary with a grand birthday party celebration on October 1st, at 7 pm. [Read more…] about Fraunces Tavern Hosting 300th Birthday Party
As part of the New York Times’ 1619 Project, examining the history of race and racism since slavery was introduced into British North America four hundred years ago, D’Angelo Lovell Williams argues that race and racism have long torpedoed efforts to implement universal health care in the United States.
According to Williams, federal policy, starting with the end of the Civil War in 1865, was based on the belief that “free assistance of any kind” to newly freed Blacks would “breed dependence and that when it came to black infirmity, hard labor was a better salve than white medicine.”
Those are beliefs echoed in politics and rhetoric today, but one of the worst racists in the United States Congress at that time, whose views shaped post-Civil War policy, was Samuel Sullivan Cox. During the 38th session of Congress, Cox led opposition against the formation of a Freedmen’ Bureau to assist newly emancipated Africans based on his belief that that African race was doomed to extinction by its inherent inferiority and inability to survive outside of bondage. [Read more…] about Racism’s War On Equality Has A Long History
The new book City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York (Columbia University Press, 2019), edited by Joshua B. Freeman looks at the working people have helped create and re-create the City of New York through their struggles, from the founding of New Amsterdam until today.
Starting with artisans and slaves in colonial New York and ranging all the way to twenty-first-century gig-economy workers, this book tells the story of New York’s labor history anew. [Read more…] about A New Labor History of the City of New York
Roosevelt Island, formerly Blackwell’s Island (and later Welfare Island), has had many layers of medical history. From the construction of the almshouses in the 1830s onward, the island has housed the ill, displaced, criminals and unwanted poor of the city. [Read more…] about Roosevelt Island and Public Health History
The Monumental Women’s Statue Fund announced a redesigned statue to honor pioneering women’s rights advocates – the first statue depicting real women in the 165-year history of New York City’s Central Park.
The redesign comes on the heals of criticism that the original design excluded the contributions of people of color.
The amended design, which still includes Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but now adds Sojourner Truth, is expected to be released on Women’s Equality Day, August 26th. [Read more…] about Central Park Statue Redesigned To Include Sojouner Truth