General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, Industry and Culture Collection

Established in 1785, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen (GSMT) is a non-profit organization serving the people of the City of New York for over two centuries, through educational, cultural and philanthropic programs. The 364 objects in the Industry and Culture Collection highlight items of institutional, metropolitan and national history held in the Society’s archival and museum collections.

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The Twilight of the Elevated Railroads
A pamphlet published by the Sixth Avenue Association Inc. presenting two opinion pieces 'The Twilight of the Elevated Railroads' by V. Clement Jenkins and ' Rapid Transit Fifty Years Ago and Now' by Robert E. Simon. The Sixth Avenue Association Inc. was created "to conserve the best interests of the Sixth Avenue section embracing Sixth Avenue. 53rd Street, West Broadway, Church Street and Trinity Place".
Ticket Subscription Card for Founders Day honoring Carnegie
Ticket subscription for the Founders Day banquet honoring Mr and Mrs Carnegie. The celebration was held on November 18, 1905 at Delmonico's in New York and honored Mr and Mrs Carnegie; Andrew Carnegie, himself a member of GSMT, contributed over half a million dollars to the General Society between 1899 and 1908.
Ticket Subscription Enclosure Card for Founders Day honoring Carnegie
Ticket subscription enclosure card for the Founders Day banquet honoring Mr and Mrs Carnegie. The celebration was held on November 18, 1905 at Delmonico's in New York and honored Mr and Mrs Carnegie; Andrew Carnegie, himself a member of GSMT, contributed over half a million dollars to the General Society between 1899 and 1908.
Ticket to Brooklyn Bridge Opening Firework Display
Admission ticket for the firework display that was part of the Brooklyn Bridge opening ceremony that took place on May 24, 1883.
Ticket to Lecture
Complimentary ticket to Hardinge's introductory lecture on 'The Origin and Progress of Letters'.
Treason of Arnold
Lantern slide depicting the meeting of Benedict Arnold meeting with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was foiled and Major Andre was caught and executed and Arnold fled, defecting to the British side and led British troops in Virginia and Connnecticut. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 59.
Valley Forge
Lantern slide depicting the Valley Forge military camp where the American Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-78 during the American Revolutionary War. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 42.
Washington Crossing the Delaware
Lantern slide depicting George Washington crossing the Delaware River which happened on the night of December 25-26, 1776. It was the first move in a surprise attack against the Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 33.
Washington Entering New York City
Lantern slide depicting George Washington entering New York City after the evacuation of the British on November 25, 1781. He led the Continental Army from his former headquarters in the north of the city across the Harlem River and south through Manhattan. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 70.
Washington Taking Command of the Army
Lantern slide depicting George Washington taking command of the Continental Army which took place on July 3, 1775. The event occurred at Cambridge Common in Massachusetts after Washington was appointed by the Continental Congress. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 17.
Washington's Retreat from Long Island
Lantern slide depicting Washington's retreat from Long Island. The Battle of Long Island, also known as The Battle of Brooklyn took place in August 1776 and was a victory for the British Army. It was the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War that took place after the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 27.
White Plains
Lantern slide depicting the battle of White Plains fought on October 28, 1776. The battle occurred as George Washington was retreating through New York. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 30.
Why The Elevated Railroad Should Come Down
A pamphlet issued by the Sixth Avenue Association Inc. presenting the argument 'Why the Elevated Railroad Should Come Down' which was a synposis of the statement made by the Honorable Julius Miller, Manhattan Borough President before The Transit Commission of the State of New York on June 26, 1930. The Sixth Avenue Association Inc. was created "to conserve the best interests of the Sixth Avenue section embracing Sixth Avenue. 53rd Street, West Broadway, Church Street and Trinity Place".
Yankee Doodle
Lantern slide depicting men on a battle field playing instruments with fighting in the background. Yankee Doodle is an Anglo-American song which dates back to the American Revolution and Seven Years War. Today, it is the State song of Conneticut. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 8.

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