Annals of Computing: “Silicon City” exhibition at the New York Historical Society questions origins of the digital era

Design, East, Preservation, Technology
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York. (Courtesy New York Historical Society)

Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York. (Courtesy New York Historical Society)

Radical inventions that lead to profound societal transformations tend to be accompanied by founding myths and overlapping claims for authorship. Once a certain founding story has been widely accepted, research will periodically uncover it as being false, and the evidence for an alternate narrative will emerge.

Trying to change accepted founding myths is notoriously difficult: Gutenberg built his printing press after centuries of development in printmaking across the world, but his name is strongly tied to the advent of the printing revolution. Importantly, the significance of a figure like Gutenberg and the related story becomes a point of local pride.

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No glass ceilings here: Eva Jiricna will design new home for Tiffany lamp collection

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Rendering of glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, New York Historical Society. (Courtesy Eva Jiřičná Architects)

Rendering of glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, New York Historical Society. (Courtesy Eva Jiřičná Architects)

The New York Historical Society announced today that Czech architect Eva Jiřičná will design a new space for exhibitions and study on the 20,000 square foot fourth floor of the society’s Central Park West building.

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NY Historical Society Opens Museum & Library for Kids

East
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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The new exhibit includes interactive and educational games to engage.

The lower level of the New York Historical Society was lively last Friday morning at the ribbon cutting for the new DiMenna Children’s History Museum and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library.  Young New Yorkers were trying out a number of new, interactive activities in the vibrant 4,000 square-foot vaulted space.

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