Current Fordham PhD student Jason McDonald contacted us with details of his work to help celebrate the legacy of New York City public school PS 61, which was founded in 1913 and located at 610 East 12th street. With the assistance of Fordham faculty member Daniel Soyer, McDonald has been amassing photographs, text, and video to document the history of his son’s school. The history is being shared and distributed to East Village Community School (EVCS), Children’s Workshop School (CWS), and the SPECTRUM School P94M. All three schools occupy the former Public School 61 building. Nearly 100 photos and documents have been uploaded to http://ps61nycjubilee.org/ and provided a searchable database for teachers and students to find information. Read on for more pictures on the school and the celebration, and links to further information, images, texts, and a documentary.
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On Wednesday, October 29, Fordham professor Daniel Soyer took part in a panel marking the 100th anniversary of the election of Socialst labor lawyer Meyer London to Congress from the Lower East Side of New York. Part of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum‘s “Tenement Talks” series, the panel also included London biographer Gordon Goldberg, historian and London grandniece Rosalyn Baxandall, and Rabbi Andy Bachman. You can see video of the event here or listen to audio here.
Since the 1880s, millions of visitors have flocked to the amusements entertainment venues of Coney Island. It is a New Yorker’s dream: a place where the greatest urban metropolis meets the beauty of the seashore. Although it has been the topic of many books and documentaries, few have studied the planning proposals that shaped the Coney Island we know today. Fordham History major Priscilla Consolo (LC ’16), who grew up ten minutes from Coney Island, wanted to learn how this neighborhood and holiday spot came to be. She wrote to us with a description of the fascinating research project she conducted last summer.
Many people unfamiliar with the world of scholarship assume that the summer break between the Spring and Fall semesters is a time for holidays and relaxation. But for historians, the respite from teaching and classes means that summer is often the time when research, writing conference going, and travel to archives, kicks into high gear. Here are some postcards from members of the Fordham faculty with news of their summer adventures. Continue reading