May 31: Bethesda Fountain, by sculptor Emma Stebbins, was dedicated in Central Park on this date in 1873.
A landmark exhibition, “Photography and the American Civil War,” is now open at The Metropolitan Museum. Featuring 200 photographs, some classics, some obscure, the exhibition is spectacular. If you have any interest at all in photography and/or history, don’t miss it. Photography and the Civil War go hand in hand. Much of what we know … Read more
May 30: The tuxedo, designed by Pierre Lorillard IV, made its debut at the opening of the Tuxedo Club on this date in 1886.
May 29: Edward Brush Fowler, who led the 14th Brooklyn at the Railroad Cut during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, was born on this date in 1837.
May 28: On this date in 1862, the trustees of Green-Wood Cemetery approved the establishment of a Soldiers’ Lot for the free burial of veterans who died during the Civil War in battle or from disease.
May 27: “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” record album is released on this date in 1963; its cover is a photograph of Dylan and Susan Elizabeth Rotolo, his girlfriend at the time, who inspired two classic Dylan songs: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” and “Tomorrow is a Long Time.” She was cremated at Green-Wood in 2011.
May 26: Anne Hall, painter of miniature portraits, was born on this date in 1792.
May 25: On this date in 1950, the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, chief engineer Ole Singstad, opened.
May 24: On this date in 1883, President William Kingsley and the Brooklyn Bridge’s other trustees opened it to the public.
As Memorial Day rapidly approaches, we think of the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to this country. We honor their service. In 2002, we launched Green-Wood’s Civil War Project. We wanted to identify and locate the graves of Civil War veterans who are interred at Green-Wood. And, over the years, … Read more