History Hunt – Week 4 Answered

Posted on: August 3rd, 2010 at 11:16 am by

Many thanks to everyone for another great round of History Hunt, sponsored by the Tenement Museum.  The correct answer is the Seward Park Library at 192 East Broadway.  This week’s lucky winner is Shawn Chittle, who has won a copy of New York: The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd!

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Back in November, the Seward Park Library celebrated its centennial in the Lower East Side.  But the library’s origins can be traced to 1886, when the Aguilar Free Library Society opened a branch here.  Two decades later in 1909, the four-story red brick Renaissance Revival building was opened to the public.  By 1913, the New York Times claimed that this particular facility had a circulation of 425,571, which was the highest of any other New York Public Library branch at the time.

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[Circa 1911; Photo Credit: NYPL]

A recap of the clues:

Clue #1: Dig through class 973 of the Dewey Decimal System, and you might learn more about me.  Who am I?

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Clue #2: The internet really gives me a run for my money.  Who am I?

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Clue #3: It was his folly, not mine.  Who am I?

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