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Baby shoe

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1898
Medium: 
Leather, cotton, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 2 x 4 5/8 in. ( 6.4 x 5.1 x 11.7 cm )
Description: 
Single black patent and purple leather baby shoe with cut-work foliate design at sides; brown leather sole; cotton lining; metal lacing holes with twisted black and brown laces.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Adella "Tiby" Liebenow Wotherspoon
Object Number: 
2004.26.4
Gallery Label: 
This shoe had belonged to the then nearly six year old Helen Liebenow as a baby, sister of the donor, Adella Liebenow Wotherspoon, who was the last survivor of the General Slocum steamer disaster. On June 15, 1904, fire broke out on the ship and 1,021 passengers perished within minutes. Helen's body was never recovered from the disaster.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1898
eMuseum Object ID: 
56409
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Child's dress

Classification: 
Date: 
1905
Medium: 
Cotton, lace
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 x 31 1/2 in. ( 48.3 x 80 cm )
Description: 
White cotton child's dress with blonde lace trim at neck, handkerchief sleeves and hem; missing button closures at back.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Adella "Tiby" Liebenow Wotherspoon
Object Number: 
2004.26.1
Gallery Label: 
This dress belonged to Adella Liebenow Wotherspoon, the last survivor of the General Slocum steamer disaster, which occurred on June 15, 1904 when the ship suddenly caught fire on the East River. Adella wore the dress at the dedication ceremony of the General Slocum monument on June 15, 1905, during which the 1,021 passengers who had perished were honored, including Adella's sisters, Anna and Helen, whose body was never recovered.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1905
eMuseum Object ID: 
56408
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Memorial candles (2)

Classification: 
Date: 
1970
Medium: 
Wax
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 31.8 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Yellow wax hand-held candle used at Robert F. Kennedy memorial mass.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. George R. Long
Object Number: 
2003.76.2
Gallery Label: 
These candles were distributed to all those who attended a Mass on the second anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination. The service, which took place at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, included hymns, religious and patriotic anthems and songs promoting peace and freedom.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1970
eMuseum Object ID: 
55496
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Memorial candle

Classification: 
Date: 
1970
Medium: 
Wax
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 30.5 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Yellow wax hand-held candle used at RFK memorial mass
Credit Line: 
Gift of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. George R. Long
Object Number: 
2003.76.3
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1970
eMuseum Object ID: 
54486
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Memorial Mass Program: Robert Kennedy

Classification: 
Date: 
1970
Medium: 
Paper: printed
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 7 in. ( 21.6 x 17.8 cm )
Description: 
Printed program from the Robert Francis Kennedy Memorial Mass June 6, 1970
Credit Line: 
Gift of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. George R. Long
Object Number: 
2003.76.1
Gallery Label: 
This program was distributed to all those who attended a Mass on the second anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination. The service, which took place at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, included hymns, religious and patriotic anthems and songs promoting peace and freedom.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1970
eMuseum Object ID: 
54485
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fragment from the dirigible "Shenandoah"

Classification: 
Date: 
1920
Medium: 
Fabric
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 x 13 in. ( 25.4 x 33 cm )
Description: 
Textile fragment from the outer shell of the Navy dirigible "Shenandoah"; painted to simulate aluminum.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Anita K. Lee
Object Number: 
2003.11.3
Marks: 
inscription: in ink on verso: "SHENANDOAH/February 1925"
Gallery Label: 
The Navy dirigible "Shenandoah," the first airship to use non-flammable helium instead of flammable hydrogen, was first launched in 1923. In a shocking disaster, the 682-foot flying battleship ripped apart over Ohio during a thunderstorm on September 3, 1925. Fourteen men were killed; 29 survived. This aluminum-painted fabric, collected by Charles M. Lee (1914-2001) in Lakehurst, NJ as a young boy, was part of the dirigible's outer shell.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1920
eMuseum Object ID: 
51034
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Leg brace

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1940
Medium: 
Leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 x 5 x 5 in. ( 40.6 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm )
Description: 
Lower leg brace worn by Franklin Delano Roosevelt; upper portion composed of leather "boot" opening at the front with hooks for lace closure; metal braces secured to each side of boot with metal pins, connected by two arched supports around the back; brace hinged below leather boot for rotation; three holes in shoe attachment for securing brace to shoe.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
2002.76
Gallery Label: 
This lower leg brace was one of many used by Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) after he was permanently disabled by polio in 1921. Despite paralysis of both legs, FDR was determined to walk again and sought out numerous cures, from mineral baths to braces. Heavy steel braces allowed him to "walk" short distances, and lower leg braces, such as this example, helped to prevent atrophy of his leg muscles. This leg brace came from the estate of Roosevelt's White House Secretary, Grace Tully.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1940
eMuseum Object ID: 
49775
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Gavel

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1950
Medium: 
Pine
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 x 10 x 4 in. ( 5.1 x 25.4 x 10.2 cm )
Description: 
Mahogany-stained pine gavel with turned decoration and two metal plaques.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Spencer, White and Prentis through Mr. Edmund Astley Prentis
Object Number: 
1953.2
Marks: 
inscribed: on metal plaque: "ORIGINAL WHITE HOUSE MATERIAL / REMOVED IN 1950" inscribed: on metal plaque: "N.Y. HISTORICAL SOCIETY / GIVEN BY / SPENCER, WHITE & PRENTIS"
Gallery Label: 
This gavel is made of wood from the original White House, removed from the building during the course of its reconstruction in 1950. The gavel was presented to the Society by a member of the firm of engineers and contractors engaged in the reconstruction of the White House. It was used for a period of time in meetings of the Historical Society's board of trustees.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1950
eMuseum Object ID: 
45589
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III

Classification: 
Date: 
1770-1776
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 14 x 8 in. ( 22.9 x 35.6 x 20.3 cm )
Description: 
Gilded lead statue fragment originally forming part of horse's foreleg
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Helen Weitzel Chapman in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Ogden Chichester
Object Number: 
2001.185
Gallery Label: 
The gilded statue of George III placed at Bowling Green by the British Government was torn from its pedestal by an angry mob just after a reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776. Fragments of the statue were transported to Litchfield, CT and made into bullets for the Revolutionary troops. It is believed that Connecticut Loyalists took some of the fragments and hid them in and around their homes, for pieces such as this have been found buried in the area.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1776
eMuseum Object ID: 
45528
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

I.D. tag

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1945
Medium: 
Bakelite
Description: 
"Betty Spitz/ 11-6-33/ 17-18026NYC"
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Charles Tauss
Object Number: 
2001.121
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1945
eMuseum Object ID: 
44861
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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