This post may be a bit tangential to Greenwich Village, but it is too good not to share.
My final project focuses on Jane Cunningham Croly, a journalist and women’s club pioneer who lived in New York City during the 19th century.
While doing some research on her early life, I discovered that Croly lived in Poughkeepsie, NY for a few years (where I went to college) and as a girl attended school in Southbridge, MA (where I grew up).
Discovering this gave me the chills. Throughout the semester, I thought I was researching an interesting but distant figure, when it turns out Croly spent parts of her life in places quite significant to mine. This is emblematic of the reasons I chose to study public history; we are so connected to the past, and we’ll never know how strong these connections are unless we research and share them.