Polly Guerin Celebrates Publication of Her New Book
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Polly Guerin, a Murray Hill Neighborhood Association member, celebrated the publication of her new book, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York: A History, with a lecture, book signing and reception. The event took place on June 3, hosted by the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York at their landmark General Society building at 20 West 44th Street. The book details the 230 year-old history of the organization, and explores how The General Society’s significant past is interwoven with the development of New York City.
Since 1785, when it was founded by 22 Artisans under the memorable banner of “By Hammer and Hand All Arts Do Stand,” prominent General Society members, such as Duncan Phyfe, Abram S. Hewitt, Peter Cooper and Andrew Carnegie have played a pivotal role in the City’s physical and cultural expansion.
The book details how The General Society continues to be as relevant today as it was in 1785. The Society continues to improve the lives of New Yorkers, while fostering an innovative and inventive spirit through its educational and cultural programs. These include the tuition-free Mechanics Institute, The General Society Library, and its century old Lecture Series.
Polly is a former adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the author of four college textbooks and two video productions. This is her second book for the History Press. Ms. Guerin’s features on the decorative arts, antiques, collectibles and designs have appeared in Arts & Antique Magazine and other consumer publications. She also writes on Fashion and Art Deco and is currently the author of four blogs including: “Pollytalk from New York.”