History

Chop Suey’s Un-birthday

Chop Suey’s Un-birthday

We like to use this blog as a place to mark moments in time that are important to our collective past and present. But it can also be important to take stock of what is not, along with what is. What moments are missing from our collective memory? Or, what histories are impossible to pin […]

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Once Home to Soldiers, Immigrants, and a Beluga Whale: The Remarkable Story of Battery Park’s Castle Clinton

Once Home to Soldiers, Immigrants, and a Beluga Whale: The Remarkable Story of Battery Park’s Castle Clinton

If you’ve ever had a picnic in Battery Park or taken a trip to the Statue of Liberty you’ve probably walked through Castle Clinton, a medieval-looking fortress dating back to 1808 that sits by the water’s edge. This structure, now used as a ticket office and information center for tourists heading to Liberty Island, has […]

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Comparing the Restoration of Two Lower Manhattan Historic Sites

Comparing the Restoration of Two Lower Manhattan Historic Sites

There are many things that make the Museum at Eldridge Street unique: the building’s remarkable history and distinctive location, breathtaking interior, and extraordinary restoration story. However, it is not the only impressive example of architectural restoration in Lower Manhattan. Another example, Trinity Church, has been part of New York’s history for more than 300 years; […]

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Women Take the Lead at Eldridge Street

We’re celebrating Museum Week! All around the world, Museums will focus on 7 themes over 7 days. Today’s theme is “women” so we’re looking back at this blog post, originally written in February 2017 by Taylor Baker, celebrating the women of the early congregation.  On this day, we remember the formation of the Ladies’ Auxiliary […]

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American Music from Immigrant Roots

American Music from Immigrant Roots

This post was written by Museum docent Maxine Simson. Irving Berlin has been called the greatest songwriter in the history of popular music. His career spanned most of the 20th century and his beloved songs are still heard all over the world. An amazing fate for a man who could only play the piano in […]

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Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

I admit it. Television shows that trace the family roots of celebrities, like Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots provide all the suspense I can handle. I get too scared watching thrillers, much less horror movies, and these programs have the ability to get me nervous about what may lie ahead […]

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