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  • November 29, 1909: A Frail 23 Year Old Woman Ignites the Strike of the 20,000 at Cooper Union

    On November 22, 1909, a frail 23-year-old woman, who’d been brutally beaten by strike-breakers, was helped up onto the stage of the Great Hall at the Cooper Union. Leaders of the labor movement – all men – had been speaking for hours to a crowd […]

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  • Labor History in the Village

    Some of the most important events and most prominent figures in the labor movement bear strong connections to the Village and East Village.  Without these courageous individuals, or the events connected to them, we might never have had fair wages, better working conditions, or the […]

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  • Espionage Act Passed on this date in 1917

    The Espionage Act was passed on June 15th, 1917, shortly after the United States entered World War I in April of that year. Its goals included limiting interference with recruitment efforts and preventing the support of enemies of United States during wartime. In his message to Congress, […]

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  • GVSHP’s First Historic Plaque, On First Street

    This is an updated version of a previous post by Andito Lloyd. On May 30, 2012, GVSHP officially launched its historic plaque program in partnership with the Two Boots Foundation with the unveiling of our very first plaque, commemorating the life of Justus H. Schwab […]

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  • Local Landmark: Tompkins Square Library

    Note: This is an updated version of a post originally written by Drew Durniak  Since it opened on December 1, 1904, the Tompkins Square Branch of the New York Public Library has served as an important community resource.  Situated on East 10th Street between Avenue […]

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  • East 4th Street and its Political Past

    This post is the second of a three-part series called Histories of Fourth Street, from East to West, a collaboration between GVSHP and the students in NYU’s Fall 2015 Intro to Public History course. Each group of students was tasked with preparing a presentation around […]

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  • Rose of the Ghetto

    There are still a few seats available for our free public program this Thursday evening at the Jefferson Market Library. The subject is the life and times of Rose Pastor Stokes, known to our presenter, Kate Pastor, as “My Great Great Aunt Rose of the […]

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  • Labor Day Weekend Round Up

    Labor Day was created as a federal holiday in 1894, and according to the US Department of Labor, is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day celebration took place in […]

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  • The Mexican First Lady and a Jewish Anarcho-Feminist Walk Into An East Village Tenement…

    …well, it almost happened that way. The Village and East Village have historically been home to all sorts of strange bedfellows.  In honor of Women’s History Month, we thought we’d look at one of the most unusual such pairings, two people whose paths crossed just […]

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  • Happy Birthday, Mabel Dodge Luhan

    By the time Mabel Dodge (also known, in recognition of her four husbands, as Mabel Evans Dodge Sterne Luhan) set up her weekly salon in her apartment at 23 Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village in 1912, she had already been twice married and once divorced, […]

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