Amsterdam to Albany: An Address by Russell Shorto


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800px-Russell_ShortoRussell Shorto, the 2013 New Netherland Research Center Senior Scholar and author of The Island at the Center of the World and Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, as well as other acclaimed works, will talk about Dutch cultural heritage from Amsterdam and its influence on Albany, New York.

The talk will be followed by a signing of his most recent book Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, named one of Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2013 and described as “an expertly told history of a city of new, shocking freedoms and the tough-minded people that developed them.” Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Russell Shorto’s research with the New Netherland Research center has focused on following several families from New Netherland though early American history and exploring their paths during the American Revolution. He is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and former Director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam. Mr. Shorto’s books have won several literary prizes including the New York City Book Award, the Washington Irving Prize, and the New York Public Library Award. In 2009 he received a knighthood from the Dutch government for advancing Dutch-American Relations.

This event will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Huxley Theater, on the first floor of the Cultural Education Center at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library and The New York State Library.

Registration is recommended by calling 518-474-2274 or registering online at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/programs/index.html.

Photo courtesy Fred Ernst and Nationaal Historisch Museum via Wikimedia.

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