"The Conflict Gallery"--Before Central Park: The Life and Death of Seneca Village, an exhibition at The New-York Historical Society, Carol May and Tim Watkins, designers.

This website was created to introduce you to the fascinating and amazing subject of HISTORY through the discovery of primary sources.

At this site, you will have the opportunity to become a historical detective who will reconstruct the story of a nineteenth-century community based on clues recovered from the past.

In practicing the historian’s craft by conducting a research project, you will develop the skills needed to collect, analyze, and interpret data so that you can draw your own conclusions about a place and time period in New York City’s history.


This website was developed by the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University, in collaboration with the Education Department of the New-York Historical Society and The New York Public Library, Office of Young Adult Services. It is based in large part on the book The Park and the People: A History of Central Park by Roy Rosenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar. The New-York Historical Society thanks the Bell Atlantic Foundation, the Heckscher Foundation for Children, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. For more information, read About This Site. For questions and correspondence, send email to