General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York, The by Polly Guérin

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The skilled craftsmen of New York founded The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in 1785, and the organizations history is aligned with the citys physical and cultural development. In 1820, The Society founded its library. It began a lecture series in 1837 and opened the Mechanics Institute in 1858 to provide free education in the trades. Prominent New York members included Andrew Carnegie, Peter Cooper, Abram S. Hewitt and Duncan Phyfe. The Societys educational programs continue to improve the lives of New Yorkers while fostering an innovative and inventive spirit. Historian Polly Guérin presents the distinguished history of this essential New York institution.

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Polly Guerin is a retired Fashion Institute of Technology professor. She is on the Board of the Art Deco Society of NYC; a member of the American Revolution Round Table; The Yeats Society; the Victorian Society; the honorary Board of the Giulio Gari Foundation; and the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association. She is the author of 4 textbooks, 4 blogs, several articles, and columns.
Published April 13, 2015 by The History Press. 224 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction