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New-York Historical Society

On September 18, 1851, the @nytimes published its inaugural issue, writing, "We publish today the first issue of the New-York Daily Times, and we intend to issue it every morning (Sundays excepted) for infinite years to come." 🗞📰🗞 The Sunday Times was born ten years later in April 1861 to provide daily coverage of the Civil War. (Psst! Notice the hyphen? That’s the same hyphen in “New-York” that we still use today, which was popular in the 19th century back when we were founded in 1804. In fact, the Times used the hyphen in their masthead as late as the 1890s, one of the last holdouts. Well, except for us, of course. 😉) #otd #newyorktimes #hyphen4ever


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Step right up! 📽🎪 This Thursday, September 20, 7–9 pm, explore the colorful history of the Big Top at a special FREE preview of @AmericanExperiencePBS's upcoming miniseries "The Circus," premiering in October. Dive into the story behind this popular, influential, and distinctly American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus tent was pulled down for the last time. Afterwards, writer, producer, and director Sharon Grimberg and historian and author Dr. Janet Davis join us for a panel discussion. #CircusPBS


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TFW your team *nailed* the last round of #HarryPotter trivia! 👏🧠⚡️Join us this fall for Harry Potter Trivia Nights in our enchanting Library. Don't worry, all you hardcore fans out there—the questions were developed by @Pottermore so you know it's going to be good! Bring your friends and you could take home some awesome prizes—like tickets to see @fantasticbeastsmovie, a 20th-anniversary collectible box set of all seven Harry Potter books, character wands from @hpplayus, and way more! 👉 Get tix now at the link in bio. #HarryPotterNYHS


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Just grabbing a bit of Sunday reading. And now, back to bed.
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Magazine vendor. Irving Browning Photograph Collection, 1918-1952 (bulk 1920-1938). New-York Historical Society, 64840.


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Last chance! ✨ Tomorrow Sunday, September 16 is the final day to see “Summer of Magic: Treasures from the @DavidCopperfield Collection.” Don't miss your opportunity to see Harry Houdini's straitjacket and handcuffs, jaw-dropping giant posters from the Golden Age of Magic, the breathtaking Death Saw that David Copperfield escaped from, and countless other objects from NYC’s magical past. Catch it before it vanishes—poof!—right before your eyes. 🎩💨💫 #summerofmagic


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😍📚✨ #FBF to Monday when @carolinaherrera transformed our esteemed research library into a reflective sartorial dream. 👉 Swipe to see the full pic. #NYFW #FashionFriday


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Did you vote in today's New York primary? If not, there's still time! Polls close at 9 pm. 🗳🕘 Voting is a fundamental right of all citizens, yet when the 14th Amendment was passed in 1868, extending citizenship to all African Americans, suffrage was not simple to access. Two years later in 1870, Congressional Republicans—determined to protect both black voters and their own political futures—put forward the 15th Amendment, which prevented states from denying suffrage "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Of course, even this measure did not eradicate barriers to voting; it would be another century before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed, outlawing discriminatory voting practices such as literacy tests. 👆This ballot box from ca. 1857 is currently on view in our powerful new exhibition "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow." Exercise your right as a citizen today and cast your ballot! #BlackCitizenship #NYprimary
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📸 Ballot box, ca. 1857. Samuel C. Jollie, maker. Glass, iron. Gift of George H. Dean. New-York Historical Society, 1919.10ab. #voting #ballotbox #suffrage


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"Harry Potter: A History of Magic" opens October 5, but it's already looking rather enchanting at the Museum! ✨ To see what's behind the Hogwarts wall, book your tickets to the exhibition at the link in bio. #HarryPotterNYHS


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"For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn't any other tale to tell, it's the only light we've got in all this darkness." — James Baldwin, from "Sonny's Blues" #neverforget
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📸 Fred George, Ash Wednesday, Dusk, 9/12/01, New-York Historical Society, Gift of Here is New York.


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Fall is almost here, time to bring out the boots! 👢🍂 This silk pair from ca. 1900 came about as mechanization had nearly wholly taken over. The late 1800s saw the introduction of machines capable of mimicking even the most intricate hand shoe-making processes—and producing high-quality shoes. By 1900, nearly every American shoe was made in a mechanized factory. One-third of the workers in these factories were women, at a time when women made up less than 20 percent of the total industrial workforce. See these and 100 more shoes in "Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes," on view through October 8.
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📸 Lace-up boots, ca. 1900. Silk and silk brocade. Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 59. Photo credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society. #WalkThisWayWeitzman #womenatthecenter #NYFW


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NOW ON VIEW—Join us to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment at our powerful new exhibition “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.” Explore the stories behind the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality—and meet the leaders who championed black resistance—in the 50 years following the Civil War. #BlackCitizenship


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Kicking off #NYFW with Bill Cunningham's inimitable queen muse herself, Editta Sherman. 💃🏻 Part of his Facades series, this vibrant image showcases the social dichotomy of mid-century architecture and fashion. Against the backdrop of the Lever House—a gleaming Park Avenue glass skyscraper built in 1952—Sherman's swinging floral dress exemplified the restricted status of American women prior to the 1960s.
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This Sunday, September 9, join us for the last day of our exhibition "Celebrating Bill Cunningham." We're so sad to say goodbye to this beautiful show, but we're always excited to continue to honor him, his work, his muse, and his legacy through objects, correspondence, ephemera, and photographs from his personal archive, recently donated to the Museum. Don't miss #CelebratingBill this weekend!

📸 Bill Cunningham (1929−2016). Lever House (built 1952), ca. 1968−76. Gelatin silver print. New-York Historical Society Library, Gift of Bill Cunningham. #tbt #EdittaSherman #BillCunningham #FashionWeek


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