From the Archives

Recent measles outbreaks across the country led to a February 13 New York Times report on the history of religious exemptions from vaccinations: the state of New York permits such exemptions. The issue is also part of the history of Trinity Wall Street, and what the church did to combat small pox in the early 19th century. You can read
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By Anne Petrimoulx, Archivist

On June 11th, Trinity’s Vestry called the Very Rev. Dr. William Lupfer as the 18th rector of Trinity Church. By all accounts, the process went smoothly. And usually, it does. Though Trinity has only had 17, going on 18, rectors across its 317-year history (that’s an average 18.6 years per rector, for those keeping track), setbacks have occurred.

The very first person called to be rector of Trinity church was

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Photos from the Library of Congress

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery. There under a statue of a cavalry officer astride a horse, rests Major General Philip Kearny.

Kearny was born in New York City on June 1

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Thursday, May 29th, was Ascension Day, which commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven. On Ascension Day in 1846, the third and current Trinity Church edifice, designed by architect Richard Upjohn, was consecrated. The hand-colored work shown is an original Richard Upjohn architectural drawing of Trinity’s west elevation and is just one of

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This weekend, the nation pauses to celebrate the contributions of workers to its collective economic and social life. Over the last 322 years, Trinity parish has found many ways to support and serve the employees of Lower

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Before August 16, 1858, it took a minimum of 10 to 12 days for news from Europe to reach New York by ship. Information traveled only as far and as fast as a steam engine could go.

On August 16, a message from Queen Victoria in London reached President James Buchanan in

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 From the evening of Sunday, March 11, through Tuesday, March 13, 1888 a snowstorm-hurricane pounded New York City. In an era before modern meteorology, most residents were caught unprepared.

Beginning late on the fourth Sunday of Lent, rain, hail, and snow fell in succession, and temperatures plummeted to the single digits. Winds gusted to 81 miles per hour. Telegraph, telephone, and electric wires (all newer conveniences of urban life) were downed in the streets and elevated

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Every once in a while, The Archivist's Mailbag stumbles upon a gem deep inside a box in the Archives. Recently, this cartoon, likely drawn by longtime rector Morgan Dix in 1866, came to our attention. We've done a little research into the names and quotes, but can't quite figure out the joke. So we invite

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He stands imposingly in the south side of Trinity churchyard, a fifteen-foot-high bronze sculpture of an eighteenth century English barrister gone green with age. Passing tourists are likely to recognize the neighboring tombs of Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton, and wonder, “Who is that?”

His name is John Watts Jr., born 1749. He died in 1836. The

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“And it was a most Masterly stroke of Art

To give Fizle a Room to Act his part;

For a Fizle Restrain’d will bounce like a F---t, 

But when it Escapes from Canonical Hose

And fly’s in your Face, as it’s odds it does,

That a Man should be hang’d for stopping his Nose, 

Long Kept under Hatches, ‘twill force a Vent

In the Shape

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