225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
Senator Jonathan Elmer of New Jersey presented his credentials to the Senate on March 28, 1789. The Senate only needed one more senator to attain their first quorum after Senator Elmer took his seat.
"Warned by the fearful riots in N.York. I hope this District will be well guarded…"
Letter from Hoboken Mayor L.W. Elder to Provost Marshall E.N. Miller, 07/13/1863
July 13th, marks the 150th anniversary of the New York City Draft Riots, violent protests against the Civil War draft that lasted four days and resulted in over 1,000 casualties and millions of dollars of property destruction. Acts of vandalism and destruction were reported throughout the city as the riots spread. The mobs initially targeted government buildings and representatives before focusing their violence towards the African-American community.
235 years ago on June 28, 1778, Molly Pitcher, the legendary heroine of the American Revolution, is said to have participated in the Battle of Monmouth. This is a copy of the engraving by J.C. Armytage after Alonzo Chappel.
But who was Molly Pitcher? See Will the Real Molly Pitcher Please Stand Up? via the National Archives’ Prologue Magazine.
Some of our DOCUMERICA photographs are featured in “Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild,” the new project over at Historypin.
Using maps, you can see images of the area affected by the hurricane. Our DOCUMERICA images show the shoreline before Sandy. Other archives and libraries have added photographs taken during and after the storm.
They would like contributions from individuals and institutions, so take a look and add your own!
TWO BLACK YOUTHS AND A DOG IN PATERSON, NEW JERSEY. THIS PROJECT IS A PORTRAIT OF THE INNER CITY ENVIRONMENT. IT CONTAINS THE LIFE THAT GOES ON THERE, AND THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE ENVIRONMENT SOME OF THE BEST AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE SURVIVES IN HER “WORST” NEIGHBORHOODS, ONLY BECAUSE IT HASN’T BEEN DEMOLISHED. MOST OF ALL THE INNER CITY ENVIRONMENT IS HUMAN BEINGS, AS BEAUTIFUL AND THREATENED AS THE 19TH CENTURY BUILDINGS THEY INHABIT, 06/1974
Fashions may have changed since the 70s, but a cute little puppy never goes out of style. Happy National Puppy Day!