How did New York’s Hudson Valley develop its distinct culture? Why did it become such a rich mix of religions and ethnicities? How did it develop a free-trading sensibility long before other parts of the country? Russell Shorto explores such questions by going back to the region’s Dutch founding, and even further back into the formation of the Netherlands.
Russell Shorto is the acclaimed author of the best selling book The Island at the Center of the World, a narrative history of the founding of Manhattan and New Netherlands. Touching on the struggles that helped shape both the colony, and the founding of the United States, the book has helped bring a revival in interest concerning the role of those who lived in the Hudson River Valley in influencing the founding of America.
Meet the Author Reception begins at 6pm, followed by the lecture at 7pm.
Pre-registration is encouraged for those not registered for The Gathering:
General Admission: $30 (with reception), $20 (lecture only)
Member Admission: $25 (with reception), $15 (lecture only)
Student Admission: $10 (lecture only)
SUNY New Paltz students free with ID (lecture only).
Descendants: Admission included with The Gathering Weekend/Day passes.