This episode of the Becoming Barnum podcast discusses an uncomfortable truth about showing human beings as curiosities. A letter from P.T. Barnum in November 1845 concerns the exhibition of people with genetic abnormalities. To be sure, this topic is complex. [Read more…] about PT Barnum & Showing Human Beings As Curiosities
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2024 will mark the 200th anniversary of the return of the Marquis de Lafayette (Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette) to America. In 1824, almost 50 years after the start of the American Revolution, the 68-year-old Lafayette was invited by President James Monroe, an old Revolutionary War comrade and lifelong friend, to tour the United States.
Lafayette’s visit was one the major events of the early 19th century. It had the effect of unifying a country sometime fractured by electoral discord and reminding Americans of their hard won democracy. [Read more…] about The Marquis de Lafayette: A Short Biography
The new book Buried Beneath the City: An Archaeological History of New York (Columbia University Press, 2022) by Nan A. Rothschild, Amanda Sutphin, H. Arthur Bankoff, and Jessica Striebel MacLean uses urban archaeology to retell the history of New York, from the deeper layers of the past to the topsoil of recent events. [Read more…] about A New Archaeological History of New York City
Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) has announced the publication of a new trail travel guidebook, Cycling the Hudson and Champlain Valleys. The 400-mile north-south route of the Empire State Trail, the longest statewide trail in the nation, is the focus of the new book. [Read more…] about New Empire State Trail Cycling Guide Released
Historic Richmond Town will host a Hearth and Harvest Festival, featuring Native American culture and traditional 19th century harvest celebrations through food, dance, storytelling, and crafts, on Saturday, November 19th.
Historic Richmond Town is a town and farm museum complex in Richmondtown on Staten Island in New York City. It’s located near the geographical center of the island, at the junction of Richmond Road and Arthur Kill Road. [Read more…] about Hearth & Harvest Festival at Historic Richmond Town
Now in its 12th year, Six to Celebrate is the New York City Historic Districts Council’s (HDC) annual program of preservation priorities. As part of the program HDC supports six chosen recipients in their historic preservation goals throughout the year and beyond. [Read more…] about NYC ‘Six To Celebrate’ Historic Preservation Nominees Sought
The East Hampton Historical Society will host its 37th annual House & Garden Tour, celebrating some of the finest examples of East End architecture. This year’s tour — consisting of five distinguished houses spanning five centuries — is scheduled for Saturday, November 26th, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. [Read more…] about 2022 East Hampton House & Garden Tour
The Museum at Eldridge Street, in the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue in Chinatown, Manhattan, will host “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire,” a cantata performance on Sunday, November 20th, at 3 pm. [Read more…] about Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Cantata Performance Sunday
The Roaring Twenties saw the collision of an emerging culture of celebrity with the established popularity of sports, creating one of the twentieth century’s most enduring personalities — baseball hero Babe Ruth.
In 1928, Ruth not only led the New York Yankees to their third World Series victory, he also threw himself into politics, campaigning enthusiastically for New York State governor and Democratic presidential nominee Al Smith. Smith’s liberal and progressive platform appealed to diverse, working-class Americans, often marginalized by the policies of other politicians. [Read more…] about Babe Ruth, Sports and 1920s Identity Politics
Robert Moses is the man many New Yorkers love to hate. This is in no small part due to his own hubris and the impact he had on the people living in the path of his massive construction projects. Add to that Robert Caro’s hard hitting 1974 biography The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Vintage Book, 1975) and you’ve got a reputation that is hard to live down. [Read more…] about Robert Moses: The Man New Yorkers Love to Hate