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A model of the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument, sculpted by Meredith Bergmann

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Women’s Rights Pioneers: A New Addition to Central Park’s Landscape

The Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument—featuring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton—is the first monument in Central Park to depict actual women.

A view of Summit Rock in the present day

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New Yorkers on the Significance of Seneca Village

We asked several New Yorkers—some of whom have been involved in the work to research and share Seneca Village’s stories—what this place and history means to them. Their responses reveal Seneca Village as a model for community and a symbol of resilience.

Stories from Before the Creation of Central Park

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Stories from Before the Creation of Central Park

This seemingly random slice of Manhattan — what we now know as Central Park — is unique in both its terrain and history. Here are a few of its stories.

How Public Health Influenced the Creation, Purpose, and Design of Central Park

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How Public Health Influenced the Creation, Purpose, and Design of Central Park

The coronavirus crisis has spurred newfound appreciation for New York City’s parks and the myriad ways they can benefit our health, both mental and physical.

The site of Seneca Village

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How to Engage with the History of Seneca Village

There’s been a renewed interest in Seneca Village — a community of predominantly African-Americans, many of whom owned property, that existed before the creation of Central Park. This community is now better understood through the work of historians, archaeologists, and many others.

Remembering One of Central Park’s Earliest Advocates

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Remembering One of Central Park’s Earliest Advocates

Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy lost one of its most ardent supporters: Richard “Dick” Gilder, Jr.

Sepia photo of a group enjoying the park's earliest days

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Staying Connected to Central Park through History

Even from afar, Central Park can be a source of inspiration and comfort. Discover recommendations from our historian — from books to documentaries — on deepening your insight into the Park.

Q&A with Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy Historian Emerita  

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Q&A with Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy Historian Emerita  

Read our interview with the Conservancy’s historian emerita and author of the recently released Seeing Central Park: The Official Guide, Updated and Expanded.

Social distancing in Central Park

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‘A Sense of Enlarged Freedom’: Central Park as Sanctuary

For many New Yorkers right now, Central Park and the City’s other open spaces are more valuable and meaningful than ever.

Mary Harriman Rumsey with Eleanor Roosevelt and Rep. Isabella Greenway of Arizona, 1934

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5 Historic Women Memorialized in Central Park

We highlight a few trailblazing, but little known, women who inspired or funded a variety of features in Central Park — whether they be playgrounds, landscapes, or recreational facilities.