1859: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

The Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, who was a successful entrepreneur and inventor. His dream was to give young people a good education which was “open and free to all”.

Many notable alumni having passed through Cooper Union, including Thomas Edison, Elizabeth Diller (Architect/ Professor) and Bob Kane (creator of Batman). Cooper Union began to charge tuition of some incoming freshmen in 2014, but plans to bring back free tuition for all by 2029.

On February 27, 1860, the school’s Great Hall, became the site of a historic address by Abraham Lincoln, challenging the expansion of slavery to the western territories. Many speakers would follow in Lincoln’s steps, including future presidents, activists and the founders of the NAACP, which held its first public meeting in the Great Hall in 1909 (49 years after Lincoln’s famous speech).

A Visual History of Mannahatta to New Amsterdam up to Present Day.

Learn about NYC’s fascinating past and explore the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.

Prehistoric Roots of NYC.

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