Staten Island Museum History
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Hello Staten Island Museum History friends!

In the next week, we will be combining this Tumblr feed and our Nature feed with our main page.

Like the Museum itself, you’ll be able to explore the dynamic connections between art, history, and natural science - all in one location!

See you there!

Staten Island Museum

Our work thus far

Here is a little update of what we’ve been up too at the Archives.  

"to deliver our land from its deadliest course, and to wipe out the foulest stain which rests upon our national escutcheon."
"such only as the opposite of moral purity to moral corruption, the destruction of error by the potency of truth, the overthrow of prejudice by the power or love, and the abolition of slavery by the spirit of repentance."
These quotes highlight some of the objectives of the American Anti-Slavery Society found in a pamphlet of their proceedings from our collection.  

"to deliver our land from its deadliest course, and to wipe out the foulest stain which rests upon our national escutcheon."

"such only as the opposite of moral purity to moral corruption, the destruction of error by the potency of truth, the overthrow of prejudice by the power or love, and the abolition of slavery by the spirit of repentance."

These quotes highlight some of the objectives of the American Anti-Slavery Society found in a pamphlet of their proceedings from our collection.  

Staten Island used to be home to Camp Scott, a military base for solider’s before and after the Civil War. Our newspaper and images collections contains many more images like these. 

Look familiar? You may notice this the next time you pass over the Verrazano Bridge. 
This image from Frank Leslies’ Illustrated Journal (1878) captures a fleet of European steamers passing through the Narrows. The detail of this illustration is truly amazing! 

Look familiar? You may notice this the next time you pass over the Verrazano Bridge. 

This image from Frank Leslies’ Illustrated Journal (1878) captures a fleet of European steamers passing through the Narrows. The detail of this illustration is truly amazing! 

"All things do not die. False is the prophet who claims that whatever is born soon must die. The mind is a rich reservoir whence memories flow from one generation to another in perpetual stream. It is true that times and tastes change, but a thing of beauty is an everlasting joy. The glory of the past relives in the present; the memory of a singer remains in the heart of Man." 
"Fate, it seems, spins its web before the very eyes of a man though he cannot understand its pattern."
Two quotes from a book in our collection, Italians - Past and Present. This treasure was sitting on a shelf collecting dust until it was found. 

"All things do not die. False is the prophet who claims that whatever is born soon must die. The mind is a rich reservoir whence memories flow from one generation to another in perpetual stream. It is true that times and tastes change, but a thing of beauty is an everlasting joy. The glory of the past relives in the present; the memory of a singer remains in the heart of Man." 

"Fate, it seems, spins its web before the very eyes of a man though he cannot understand its pattern."

Two quotes from a book in our collection, Italians - Past and Present. This treasure was sitting on a shelf collecting dust until it was found. 

Guilty, Guilty, Guilty! If you were in Staten Island in 1864 then you have been singing these words with fellow Islanders shocked and horrified by the Christmas murder of a local resident and her infant child. The perpetrator? Believed to be none other than Staten Island’s very own Mary (Polly) Bodine. For more on this infamous story check out Cara Dellatte’s article. http://blog.silive.com/memories_column/2011/08/staten_islands_very_own_lizzie_borden.html

Staten Island Skirmishes

Guerrilla warfare on Staten Island? Check out this week’s Blogger post about Staten Island during the Revolutionary War http://statenislandmuseumhistory.blogspot.com/

It’s summer alright and if the heat has you sweating and burning up check out this Family Advisor physician guide (1804).

This book from our rare books collection by Henry Wilkins, M.D. has got 19th century cures for all your diseases, infections, ailments, and injuries.

Warning: These medical practices are outdated and may worsen your condition. Discretion is advised.  

150 Years Later

This Blogger post is dedicated to remembering the Battle of Gettysburg and coming to terms with our nation’s past, present, and future. It’s from the heart and every citizen should relate to this topic personally. http://statenislandmuseumhistory.blogspot.com/

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