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Celebrate the Hudson River Next Monday at MAS

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In anticipation of next year’s 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s legendary exploration of New York harbor and the river that was to be named for him, author Frances Dunwell will present an inspiring lecture about the transformative role of the Hudson River in American history and culture at MAS next Monday, November 17. In her book The Hudson: America’s River she considers how the river’s unique geography, scenic beauty, and culture of entrepreneurship have influenced the shaping of Manhattan, given rise to the Empire State, and impacted the trajectory of world trade and global politics. Dunwell will begin her lecture with the age of Dutch exploration and colonization and conclude with the environmental cleanup initiatives that set a national precedent for conservation.

The program is set to be a unique portrait of the river that is as varied as its own landscape, and of particular interest to history buffs, environmentalists, and urban planners, as well as regular New Yorkers who want to learn about the origins of their city and how it acquired its historic prominence.

The Hudson: America’s River
Monday, November 17, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

At The Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Avenue at East 51st Street $15, $12 MAS members/students. Purchase tickets online or call 212-935-2075. Reservations are strongly recommended, as many events fill to capacity. Advance ticket purchase is available until 3:00 p.m. for programs that are not sold-out. Attendees are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event start time since late seating is not guaranteed.