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Museum After Dark: Jonathan Sturges: Merchant of Old New York
May 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Robin McPhillips will talk about her new book, Jonathan Sturges: Merchant of Old New York. Learn more about the original owner of the Sturges Cottage, a Fairfield native who became part of the generation of leaders who founded the banks, railroads, and businesses that fueled America’s rise as an economic power.
Striking out from his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1822, Jonathan Sturges rose to become the lead partner of the largest coffee and tea trading house in New York. For five decades, he rode the American wave of growth and ingenuity from the opening of the Erie Canal, through the Civil War, to the dawning of the Gilded Age—when robber barons such as his son-in-law, J.P. Morgan, were taking main stage. His intimate circle of friends and associates were a “who’s who” of national politicians, generals, businessmen and men of the arts. This engaging historical biography is a quintessential American success story and provides a window into iconic events inAmerican history as experienced by the Sturges family.
Members: Free; Non-Members: $5. Reservations not required.