Join us for an evening with historian Greg McMurray celebrating the 138 year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge! The talk will be followed by a garden reception.
For 138 years, the Brooklyn Bridge has served as an essential public space, linking the Island of Manhattan to the Island of Long.
Famous bridge builder, John A. Roebling was responsible for the design, his son Washington Roebling made the plans for its construction possible, but it was Emily Warren Roebling who actually built it.
For too long her legacy has been cast in the shadow of the bridge itself, and her role is history deserves to be reexamined and celebrated each year.
In the same way that Brian Jones made the Rolling Stones, but it was Mick Jagger who made them great, Emily Warren Roebling took over the project when previous front-man, and Emily’s husband, Washington Roebling fell gravely ill.
Picking up the principles of engineering on the fly, navigating the byzantine network of contractors and suppliers, and standing up to corrupt New York City politicians and party bosses, Warren Roebling was the first to officially cross the span after overseeing the bridge’s completion for 11 years.
The lecture will encompass the history of the bridge from conception to construction, and highlight the essential role Emily Warren Roebling played in order to make it such a success.
A towering achievement for the ages, the story of the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a personal triumph executed for the collective good, and remains the ultimate labor of love.
In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held at the same time, May 24 at 7 pm EST on Zoom. All registered attendees will receive a Zoom link if the in-person event is cancelled.
Greg McMurray is a historian and storyteller, interested in how the characters and events of the past can help us make sense of the present.
He has a Bachelors in History from Nazareth College, and a Masters in Library Science from Long Island University. Author of Ft. Nonsense, NJ, the story of Thomas Paine and Revolutionary America, Greg is also a publisher responsible for Touchdown Press in Brooklyn, NY: https://www.touchdownpress.com/