In November 1890 an exhibition took place in the exclusive rooms of the Grolier Club of bibliophiles and print collectors at no. 29 East 32nd Street, Manhattan. The exhibit included one hundred mainly French posters and book covers (only seven were by American artists). This, the first public show of Continental posters in America, generated a keen interest in this peculiarly Parisian phenomenon of commercial art. [Read more…] about Poster Women: Commercial Communication
Native women in nineteenth century Long Island communities integrated work into the daily rhythms of their home. These women persisted – and in some cases, thrived – in the face of severe challenges and tragic conditions. They grew crops in gardens, raised chickens, took in washing, did reproductive labor, kept boarders, and performed vital cultural work.
While their labor is largely absent from census records, evidence can be gleaned from the childhood memoir of an elite white woman from a prominent landowning family. Sunny Memories of Mastic was written by Sarah “Sadie” Floyd Turner in 1886. In her memoir, Turner recounted childhood memories beginning with her arrival at her grandfather’s estate in 1843. [Read more…] about A Long Islander’s Depictions of Unkechaug Women
Alice Morse Earle’s book Colonial Days in Old New York: Before, During and After the American Revolution has been republished in a softcover edition by HVA Press, in Warwick, NY.
Born in 1851, at the time Colonial Days in Old New York was first published in 1896, many scholars dismissed Alice Morse Earle’s work. She was criticized as a woman too focused on the details of everyday life, derided as “pots and pans history.” Today, she is better understood as an important source for modern social historians.
The Seward House Museum in Auburn is set to host Parlor Music Concert: A Musical Journey through the 19th Century, on Sunday, November 18th, from 4 to 5:30 pm.
For the seventh annual Parlor Music Concert, the Seward House Museum will welcome soprano soloist Cecile Saine. From the Museum’s Drawing Room, and enhanced by its 1872 Steinway piano, Saine’s performance will give listeners a look back to the 19th century. [Read more…] about 19th Century Parlor Music at Seward House in Auburn
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jennifer Egan and historian and activist Annelise Orleck will be the honorees on Thursday, November 29 at the New York Labor History Association’s 32nd Annual John Commerford Labor Education Awards.
Egan and Orleck are being honored for the work they do bringing workers’ history to life and illuminating its relevance for today. Egan’s most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, and Orleck’s most recent book, We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now, demonstrate just how much workers’ stories matter to understanding history. [Read more…] about Jennifer Egan, Annelise Orleck Win Labor Education Awards
In Who Should Rule at Home? (Cornell University Press, 2017) Joyce D. Goodfriend argues that the high-ranking gentlemen who figure so prominently in most accounts of New York City’s evolution from 1664, when the English captured the small Dutch outpost of New Amsterdam, to the eve of American Independence in 1776, were far from invincible and that the degree of cultural power they held has been exaggerated.
Goodfriend explains how the urban elite experienced challenges to its cultural authority at different times, from different groups, and in a variety of settings. [Read more…] about New Book Explores Class Conflict in Eighteenth Century NYC
In 1899, William Osborne Dapping was a Harvard-bound nineteen-year-old when he began writing down exploits from his rough childhood in the immigrant slums of New York City.
Now published for the first time, The Muckers: A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club (Syracuse University Press, 2016) recovers a long-lost fictionalized account of Dapping’s life in a gang of rowdy boys. Simultaneously a polished work of social reform literature and a rejoinder to the era’s alarming exposés of the “dangerous classes,” The Muckers stands as an important reform era primary document. [Read more…] about The Muckers: A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club