Williams Sonoma Launches In Store Pick Up Services for Online Purchases

Customers Can Save Time and Money this Holiday Season by Picking Up Online Purchase at All 221 Williams Sonoma Stores

Williams Sonoma, a specialty retailer of high-quality home products has announced the launch of in store pick up services for purchases made on www.williamssonoma.com. Customers that place an order through the Williams Sonoma website will be able to pick up their order at any of the 221 Williams Sonoma retail locations of their choosing. By using the new ‘Free Pick Up In Store’ option when making a purchase on the Williams Sonoma website, customers can pick up product in store quickly after completing their transaction and request items be gift wrapped at no additional cost.Temporary_Williams_Sonoma_Brandmark_041116

Our stores are designed to service and inspire our customers and now we can use them to assist our online shoppers with the benefits and satisfaction of same day pick up,” said Janet Hayes President of Williams Sonoma. “Whether you want to shop in our stores, overnight ship product from williamssonoma.com or pick up an online order quickly, we are here to offer our customers every level of convenience with their shopping experience.

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Williams Sonoma launches buy online pick up in store services with free gift wrap for holiday shopping season (Photo: Business Wire)

Shane Brogan Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy and Store Operations added, “Our omni-channel retail strategy allows customers to seamlessly shop with Williams Sonoma through our catalog, call centers, website, social media channels, retail stores and the customer’s own mobile devices. The ability to pick up an online order in our store merges both our online and offline retail strategies for an additional level of convenience and efficiency for our customers.

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Williams Sonoma launches buy online pick up in store services with free gift wrap for holiday shopping season (Photo: Business Wire)

For more information on Williams Sonoma’s ‘Buy Online, Pick Up In-store’ services, please visit: www.williamssonoma.com/instorepickup

 

New-York Historical Society Accepting Applications For 2018-2019 Fellowships

New Fellows Welcomed for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its prestigious fellowship program for the 2018–2019 academic year. Leveraging its rich collections of documents, artifacts, and works of art detailing American history from the perspective of New York City, New-York Historical’s fellowships—open to scholars at various times during their academic careers—provide scholars with material resources and an intellectual community to develop new research and publications that illuminate complex issues of the past. Visit nyhistory.org/library/fellowships for instructions and application checklists for each fellowship.

 

The application deadline for all fellowships is January 8, 2018. The available fellowships include:

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships in Women’s History
The two recipients of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in Women’s History should have a strong interest in the fields of women’s and public history. This unique part-time fellowship introduces young scholars to work outside the academy in public history and may not directly correspond with their dissertation research. They must be currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant Ph.D. program in the humanities. The Predoctoral Fellows will be in residence part time at the New-York Historical Society for one academic year, between September 5, 2018, and June 29, 2019, with a stipend of $15,000 per year. This position is not full time and will not receive full benefits.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
The fellowship is available to individuals who have completed their formal professional training and have a strong record of accomplishment within their field. There is no restriction relating to age or academic status of applicants. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply if they have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $42,000, plus benefits. This fellowship will begin September 5, 2018, and will end June 29, 2019.

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellowships
Offered jointly with the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School, two Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellowships are open to scholars who will have completed their Ph.D. in History or American Studies before the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. Fellows will teach one course per semester at Eugene Lang College in addition to conducting focused research in residence at the New-York Historical Society. These fellows carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. The fellowship will begin September 1, 2018, and will end June 29, 2019.

Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to an early-career scholar. Research projects should expand public understanding of New York State history and should include research based on the collections and resources of the New-York Historical Society. This ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. The fellowship will begin September 5, 2018, and will last through June 29, 2019.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned their Ph.D. between 2013 and 2015. Research projects should be based in some way on the collections and resources of New-York Historical. This ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. The fellowship will begin September 5, 2018, and will last through June 29, 2019.

Short-Term Fellowships
New-York Historical Society awards a variety of short-term fellowships to enable researchers to conduct research on site for two-to-four week periods. Each award brings with it a stipend of $2,000. The fellowship period runs from July 1, 2018, through June 29, 2019. Applicants should apply simply for a short-term fellowship. New-York Historical will decide which fellowship to award a successful applicant based on the particular proposal.

2017-2018 Fellows at the New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical is also pleased to announce 12 fellows, now in residence during the 2017–2018 academic year. New-York Historical offers fellowships to scholars dedicated

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to understanding and promoting American history. Fellowship positions at the New-York Historical Society are made possible by the generous support of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Sid Lapidus, the Lehrman Institute, and Patricia and John Klingenstein. All fellows receive research stipends while in residency, and Bernard & Irene Schwartz Fellows each teach two courses at Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts during their year as resident scholars.

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Macy’s and Make-A-Wish® Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Believe Campaign

The signature Santa letter writing program returns to Macy’s stores and macys.com this season, as the campaign continues to inspire us all to believe

Macy’s will ring in the holiday season with its 10th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish, marking a decade of work inspired by the tangible impact of love and generosity. To take part in this year’s anniversary campaign, believers of all ages are invited to visit their local Macy’s store where they can drop their letters to Santa into the red letterboxes or submit a letter online at www.macys.com/believe. For each letter collected in-store and online from Nov. 3 through Dec. 24, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses.macyslogo

Since the launch of Believe in 2008, Macy’s has donated more than $15 million to Make-A-Wish through this annual campaign, and helped to grant thousands of wishes. The impact of wish fulfillments is undeniable and widespread – not only do they increase hope and happiness for wish kids, but their families, volunteers, supporters, medical professionals and entire communities are transformed by the experience.

We couldn’t imagine the overwhelming response the Believe campaign would inspire when we introduced it 10 years ago,” said Holly Thomas, group vice president of Cause Marketing for Macy’s. “We have collected millions of letters throughout the years – each one representing an individual who was moved by the message of hope, love and generosity. The result has been the creation of a holiday tradition for families across the country, and ultimately, wish fulfillments that deliver joy and hope to the most amazing children. Macy’s is incredibly proud to play a part in that magic.”

Macy_s and Make-A-Wish® celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Believe (Photo Business Wire)

Macy’s and Make-A-Wish® celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Believe (Photo: Business Wire)

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 300,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.

We could not be more grateful to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Believe campaign with Macy’s,” said David Williams, chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish America.Thanks to the generosity of Macy’s and its customers, thousands of wishes have been granted and lives have been transformed. Research shows that having a wish granted can positively impact a child’s medical journey and that’s something everyone who writes a letter to Santa online or at their local Macy’s can be a part of this holiday season.

Virginia’s Story

The heart of the Believe campaign is the true story of Virginia O’Hanlon – an 8-year-old child who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The response from the paper’s editor, Francis P. Church, became an iconic piece of journalistic history. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” Church wrote. “He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist.” Nearly 120 years after Church’s imaginative reply was published, his words continue to remind us that love and kindness can have a tangible impact on the lives of others, if we only believe in their power and rally to their cause.

Fans of the story that inspired Believe can also learn more by tuning in to watch the “Yes, Virginia” animated film, available online at www.youtube.com/macys. The award-winning, half-hour holiday special features former wish child Taylor Hay, who had her own wish granted when her voice was captured for one of the film’s characters, alongside an all-star cast including Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina and Beatrice Miller in the title role.

To learn more about Macy’s Believe campaign, visit macys.com/believe.