New York Public Library: Astor, Tilden & Lenox

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New York Public Library: Astor, Tilden & Lenox

325.00

"ATL" Monogram

Applied Border Detail
Weight: 16.8g – Sterling Silver
Size: 39 x 42mm

Inventory #: TP079

A Reading Legacy

On a table in the New York Public Library in New York City is a monogram in honor of three extraordinary gentlemen who made literacy for the people of New York a priority in their lives.  Prior to Governor Samuel Jones Tilden establishing the New York Public Library, the books were housed in two separate libraries created by Mr. John Jacob Astor and Mr. James Lenox.  Both of these men's life stories are inspirations and legacies, passed down to the people of New York because of their work.  Mr. Astor was a German immigrant who worked his way to the top and became the wealthiest man in the United States, donating generous portions of his fortune to start and stock a library.  Mr. Lenox was an avid book collector whose collection included the first Gutenberg Bible to come to the United States.  He donated his private collection to start a library.  As time passed by, financial struggle encroached upon both libraries.  Governor Tilden then took up the mantle of literacy and combined these two men's legacies to create the awe-inspiring New York Public Library that countless still enjoy today.

Historical Retelling by: Amanda Ashmore

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