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Joshua Jelly-Schapiro leads us on a fascinating journey into the past, present, and future of New York City
The American Inspiration author series by American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogical presents Joshua Jelly-Schapiro with “Names of New York: Discovering the City's Past, Present, and Future Through Its Place-Names”

Don’t miss hearing from the co-editor of the award-winning “Nonstop Metropolis” about the distinctive history of multicultural New York City as demonstrated in its place-names. In this eye-opening new book, a spirited celebration of the city through the ages, you’ll hear from the last living speakers of Lenape, tour the harbor's many out-islands with a tugboat captain, and meet the linguists who study the estimated eight hundred languages now spoken in New York. See how the names that adhere to the landscape function as portals to explore the past and why and where so many New York names have accrued iconic significance far beyond the city's boundaries.

Come with questions, submitting your family’s history/NYC place-name in brief below, for possible discussion during the extended Q&A time!

This literary program is made by possible by the Brue Family Learning Center at American Ancestors NEHGS

May 6, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
is a geographer and writer whose books include "Island People: The Caribbean and the World", and (with Rebecca Solnit) "Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas." A regular contributor to "The New York Review of Books", his work has also appeared in "The New Yorker", "The New York Times", and "Harper's" magazine, among many other publications. He is a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, where he also teaches.