Charles Canda, after, "General Society of Mechanics and tradesmen of the City of New York"
Charles Canda, after
"General Society of Mechanics and tradesmen of the City of New York"
Tanner, Benjamin (1775-1848), Engraver
Published: c. 1822
Sheet size: 17 3/4 x 22 1/4"
According to the Mechanics Society literature, “Mechanics Institutes were educational establishments formed to provide adult education, particularly in technical subjects, to working men and, later, women. The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785 by the skilled craftsmen of the City.”
In 1820, the General Society opened one of New York City’s first free schools as well as the Apprentices’ Library and in 1858, elected to convert its school into a Mechanics Institute that would “provide training to those citizens whose work obligations prevented their pursuit of a formal technical education.”
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