The Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute present:
“Imagination Aided by the Painter’s Brush”:
The Creation of the Purchase of Manhattan, 1844–1909
by Stephen McErleane.
Thursday, October 22, 6-7:30pm.
Though it is now known as a fundamental piece of the early history of the city, it was not until 217 years after the event that New Yorkers first learned of the now infamous 1626 purchase of the island of Manhattan by the Dutch from the Indians for twenty-four dollars.
This talk follows the construction of that story from its first appearance in the 1840s and focuses on an important and overlooked piece: an 1853 painting of the purchase by the American artist William Ranney.
Stephen McErleane is director of the New Netherland Institute and a doctoral candidate in history at the State University of New York at Albany, where he is currently writing a dissertation on the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland in history & memory. He holds a Master’s in Information Science (archives) from SUNY Albany. He is from Stony Point, NY and currently lives in Troy, NY.
To register and receive the Zoom link email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. A question and answer period will follow the talk.