The New-York Historical Society, the city’s oldest museum, was founded by city inspector John Pintard and ten other philanthropists, with a mission “to collect and preserve whatever may relate to the natural, civil or ecclesiastical history…” Today its collections include archaeological artifacts uncovered in the early 20th century by people such as Reginald Pelham Bolton as well as segments of wooden water mains from the Manhattan Water Company, documented by archaeologists, and donated to the N-YHS by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection in 2013. Written by: John Yarmick