History

When Wall Street was a wall, and why it didn't work

As President Donald Trump continues to push for a border wall between the United States and Mexico, critics of the plan have stepped forward to share the ways throughout history that walls haven’t worked, and one example is right in New York City on what is now known as Wall Street. Maybe...

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 7:32pm

American Bible Society to build $60M exhibit along Independence Mall

The American Bible Society is building a $60 million exhibit along Independence Mall, intended to trace the connection between America's founding and the Bible. The Faith & Liberty Discovery Center will open at Fifth and Market streets in one of Philadelphia's most historic...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:18pm

Aidan Gillen talks Project Blue Book and digging into UFO popular culture

Quick, name a TV show that has (or had) a massive dedicated following of fans. Chances are you picked Game of Thrones, which will air its highly anticipated final season in April. But if you picked The X-Files, you would be just as correct since the paranormal police procedural has remained popular...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 4:26pm

Vikings season 6 is coming, but has the History original series been cancelled?

While its fifth season is still airing new episodes on History, Vikings season 6 has already wrapped production and is expected to premiere sometime later this year. Consisting of 20 episodes, Vikings season 6 was initially announced back in September of 2017, but its home network hasn't said...

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 1:56pm

Brooklyn Historical Society oral history project sheds light on Muslims in BK

If you asked a New Yorker what a Brooklynite looks like, they could give you a million different answers. The same goes for the question of what a Muslim in Brooklyn looks like, and the Brooklyn Historical Society has multiple examples at the ready. A new oral history called Muslims in Brooklyn is...

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 2:24pm

When does Vikings season 5 return?

HBO’s hugely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones begins airing its final season next year, but History’s competitor Vikings is about to close out its fifth season. Creator Michael Hirst’s dramatically fictionalized retelling of Nordic history will soon begin airing the second...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 4:43pm

Grand Central Terminal celebrates 2 historic milestones this year

Walking through Grand Central Terminal as a commuter or tourist — or both — and you can’t help but marvel at the landmark’s beauty, beauty that came dangerously close to being as lost as the original Penn Station was more than five decades ago. It’s true. If it wasn...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:34pm

Through the Keyhole: Old State House exhibit opens door to more stories of American history

What does it mean to be an American? Who were the Founding Fathers referring to with the “We” of We the People? And who is left out of the story we tell about the American Revolution? These are big questions, but a new exhibit opening Wednesday at the Old State House in Boston will...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:21pm

Yes, more than one president has died on the 4th of July

Even though you think the best part of July 4th is the brats and beer, you know that the country celebrates Independence Day in commemoration of the founding of this country. But the holiday isn’t all heat, humidity and John Hancock. While the United States has much to celebrate, it also lost...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:15am

Natick museum exhibit puts spotlight on women in WWII

When you think of women in World War II, the first image that pops into your mind is probably of Rosie the Riveter, with her flexed arm and polka-dotted bandana. “But that just scratches the surface of what women did,” says Sue Wilkins, director of education at The International Museum...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 4:15pm

Hidden pages from Anne Frank's diary discuss sexuality

"I’ll use this spoiled page to write down 'dirty' jokes," reads a newly discovered entry in Anne Frank's diary. It’s dated September 28, 1942, and in it, the German-Jewish teenager, then 13, discusses her understanding of menstruation, sex, puberty and prostitution...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 2:09pm

Greenwich Village plaque honors first female doctor in US

A new plaque in Greenwich Village honors Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree and the founder of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation unveiled the plaque this week at 58 Bleecker St...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:21pm

Project takes NYC’s LGBT history out of the closet, and into the spotlight

When the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village was designated a National Monument in 2016, it was the first and only historic site out of about 92,000 in the National Park System to be recognized for its connection to the LGBT community. After a police raid of the gay bar in 1969, riots...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 11:28am

Art Students League celebrates building’s 125th anniversary with creative-filled open house

Behind the shell of scaffolding enveloping 215 W. 57th St. from the construction of Central Park Tower is the landmarked home of the Art Students League of New York, which counts Georgia O’Keefe, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock and Ai Weiwei among its many notable alumni. Enter the...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:03am

Historic Trinity Church begins 2-year, $98.6 million renovation

For more than 320 years, Trinity Church Wall Street has been both a house of worship and a tourist attraction thanks to notable permanent residents like Alexander Hamilton. But starting Monday, the nave, or main body of Trinity Church, will be closed while the landmarked building begins a two-year...

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 11:10am

7 things most New Yorkers probably don’t know about New York City

Even with its flaws, New Yorkers already know that New York City is the greatest city in the world, but did you know that the East River isn’t a river at all or the highest natural point on the East Coast from Florida to Cape Cod can be found on Staten Island? John Keatts, who has been a...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 5:02am

Restoring the past one grave at a time at Green-Wood Cemetery

For the past 180 years, Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery has been serving a dual purpose, first as an active cemetery and second as a 478-acre greenspace beloved by history buffs, bird watchers, tourists and New Yorkers alike. But with half a million permanent residents, it takes a proverbial...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:03am

Amid proposed cuts, rally demands funding for national park upkeep in state

On the steps of one of the most historic landmarks in New York Saturday, officials and conservation advocates rallied to raise awareness for funding needed to maintain National Park Service sites across the state. A backlog of repairs and maintenance needed for all of the NPS sites is more than $...

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 4:11pm

Navajo Code Talkers: Who are they and what did they do for the country?

The Navajo Code Talkers were in the headlines this week because of a controversial White House ceremony. President Trump was honoring three of the surviving code talkers when he maligned Sen. Elizabeth Warren by calling her "Pocahontas." His podium was also placed in front of a portrait...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:21am

When is Thanksgiving 2017, how is it celebrated, and where else is it celebrated?

When is Thanksgiving 2017? Right around the corner, so make sure you have your shopping list ready and your sweatpants handy for the big feast. Even if you’re sad to see the summer go, at least the in-between months that seem to stretch on between the end of your sun and surf time and those...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 1:57pm