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Ask Trinity Archives: The Astor Reredos

July 15, 2021

In this first of a three-part Ask Trinity Archives series on the influence of the Astor family on the architectural features at Trinity Church Wall Street, a focus on the Astor Reredos.

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What, or Who, Lies Beneath?

April 9, 2021

Normally, we assume there’s a grave beneath a cemetery marker, and that a real person, not a fictitious character, is buried there. However, at the...


Archiving What’s Precious to You

February 8, 2021

Grandma’s wedding photo. Your third-grade report card. Learn the basics of document care and organization from Trinity Archivists Joe Lapinski and Marissa Maggs, who also host the popular video series, “Ask Trinity Archives.”


The History of Renting Church Pews

February 5, 2021

Paying rent to sit in a certain pew at church for a worship service may seem extremely strange nowadays. Yet there was a time when the practice was quite common.


That First Inauguration

January 20, 2021

A Presidential inauguration is a quadrennial event in the United States, sometimes, like this year, with a new president taking office; at other times...


New Year's Eve at Trinity

December 23, 2020

Times Square in Midtown Manhattan has been the focus of New Year’s Eve for New Yorkers for more than a hundred years. For the century before that, the celebration was synonymous with Lower Manhattan, and Trinity Church Wall Street. 


A Quarter of a Millennium, and Counting

December 11, 2020

Trinity and Handel’s Messiah go back a long way together, 250 years to be exact, and the earliest performances came with colorful stories of people from the days when New York City was just a small village. Watch the latest episode of Ask Trinity Archives with archivists Joe Lapinski and Marissa Maggs.