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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...

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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.”

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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.

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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...

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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. 

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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.