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An Interactive Historical Timeline of the Seamen’s Church Institute
Founded in 1834, SCI’s historic records detail the development of maritime commerce in the City of New York from early days. An online photographic timeline created with Prezi opens the vaults of SCI’s collection of photographs, exposing how an Institute of yesteryear evolved into North America’s largest mariners’ service agency. More...
  • January 30, 2015 An “Archival Intervention” Archivist Johnathan Thayer told 2015 American Historical Association conference attendees about the importance of SCI’s Oral History Project. More...
  • November 14, 2014 Living History at Sea: Recording Oral Histories on the SS John W. Brown SCI Archivist Johnathan Thayer found a living testament to the proud history and tradition of American merchant mariners who sailed during World War More...

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  • SCI’s "Flying Bridge" March 19, 2012 by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist Maritime Education During Word War II Here in the archives, the latest “project in progress” consists of a series of oral history interviews with veterans of the United States Merchant Marine, some of whom were active... More...
  • SCI's Health & Wellness Clinics February 1, 2012 by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist The post-WWI shipping slump of the 1920s meant more sailors out of work and “on the beach,” a problem that only got worse with the 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing decade of Depression. For those with medical... More...
  • Medico Rooftop Radio Doctor’s Office January 4, 2012 by Jenny Frémont, Archives Fellow, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies MAN PUT HIS TONGUE AGAINST REFRIGERATOR PIPE AND GOT IT FROZEN; HAVE THAWED IT OUT AND IT IS NOW BLISTERED AND SWOLLEN BUT NOT PAINFUL. ARRIVING... More...
  • Janet Lord Roper: SCI’s House Mother November 8, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist Janet Lord Roper served as SCI’s House Mother from 1915 until her death in 1943. Over nearly three decades, Mother Roper’s service to the seafarers at 25 South Street established her as one of the most... More...
  • SCI Joins Queens College Special Collections October 14, 2011 At the beginning of the 19th century, the absence of international regulations meant merchant mariners frequently experienced mistreatment, ranging from unfair wages to abuse on board. More...
  • Parker's Journals: SCI’S First CHAPLAINSBLOG October 8, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist The recently launched SCI CHAPLAINSBLOG showcases the daily work of SCI’s port chaplains, creating a new forum in which they can reach out to seafarers in the digital era. In many ways, this latest innovation... More...
  • SCI’s 9/11 Relief Efforts September 9, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist On the morning of September 11, 2001, having observed first-hand the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers from just 850 yards away, SCI made the quick decision to transform the offices of the... More...