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Tag Archives: 1900s

A Call to Serve: Scenes from the Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service

With fresh tears in her eyes, a young girl approached Lillian Wald, a graduate of New York Hospital School of Nursing. Concerned for the girl’s well-being, Wald followed the child … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Benjamin J. Falk, photographer and master of light

It’s 1881. You’re an actor in the latest smash-hit sensation. Wanting to gain a little publicity for yourself, the show, and a potential national tour, the producers send you off to … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chantecler, a Barnyard Fantasy

While digitizing the vast collection of over 30,000 photographs that make up the theatre production files at the Museum of the City of New York, a project generously funded by the Institute … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

Up on the roof, entertainment en plein air

Spring in New York City is glorious.  Allergy issues aside, the season of rebirth is especially welcome after this winter’s polar vortex shenanigans.  And though I celebrate the sunny days … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Alfred E. Smith – the people’s politician?

This week, we have a  guest post from one of the interns who worked with us over the summer, Karis Raeburn, who has since returned to Dayton, Ohio, where she … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Conservation of the J. Clarence Davies Map Collection

The Museum is nearing the completion of the two-year National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded project “Conserving, Digitizing, and Creating Access to the J. Clarence Davies Collection of Art.”   Begun … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

100 years of the Actors’ Equity Association

Look at the cast list in any theater program across the country and you will see a small * beside a performer’s name leading to a footnote indicating the performer … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

Eugene O’Neill: the sailor, the sickness, the stage

In December 1912, a young man experiencing the onset of tuberculosis committed himself to Gaylord Sanatorium in Connecticut. The third son of a well known Irish-American actor, the young man … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

WAY Back to School

It’s that time of the year again.   As Labor Day rolls around, students of all ages and in all phases of their education start anticipating – and in some … Continue reading

September 4, 2012 · 2 Comments

Peter Pan: over 100 years of the boy who wouldn’t grow up

Wendy Darling: Boy, why are you crying? Boy: What’s your name? Wendy: Wendy Moira Angela Darling. What is your name? Boy: Peter Pan. Wendy: Is that all? Peter Pan: Yes. … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

How Harlem River Speedway Became Harlem River Drive

Before it was called the Harlem River Drive, the parkway running north and south along the west bank of the Harlem River was called the Harlem River Speedway. Construction began … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · 14 Comments

The Literary World through the Eyes of a Woman at the turn of the 19th Century

Miss Ella M. Boult, writer and editor, served as assistant editor and secretary to Edmund Clarence Stedman from 1899 until his death in 1908.  Stedman was a journalist on the … Continue reading

November 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

Belasco’s Ghost

New York is haunted by nature of its constant transformation.  Neighborhoods change, leaving only small or hidden remnants of what they were; once thriving communities are slowly eclipsed by others.  … Continue reading

November 8, 2011 · 7 Comments

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