Close Encounters with the Pilgrims Virtual Presentation
James Nevius
Thu, December 16, 2021 | 6 pm ET | $21



On December 16, 1620, the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the New World was never the same. Join historian James Nevius—a Mayflower descendant himself—for a live, illustrated Zoom presentation in conjunction with the Close Encounters in the Colonies exhibition now on view at New-York Historical. Using the first editions of Mourt’s Relation, (containing a firsthand account of the event that became known as “The First Thanksgiving”), Captain John Smith’s Generall Historie of Virginia, Morton’s New England’s Memoriall and other works in the society’s collections, Nevius will explore the motivations behind early colonization, reveal hidden histories behind the Plymouth, New Netherland, and Virginia colonies, and recenter the Indigenous Americans in stories that are too often about European conquest.

James Nevius is the co-author of Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City (Simon & Schuster) and Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers (Lyons Press) as well as numerous articles on the history and architecture of the city for publications such as Monocle, The Chicago Tribune, Curbed, The New York Post, and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Your ticket to the lecture also includes access to a recording of the talk on Vimeo beginning Dec. 17, so even if you miss the talk when it is presented live, you will be able to access it at your convenience.


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Image: George Henry Boughton (1833 - 1905). Robert L. Stuart (1806-1882). Pilgrims Going to Church 1867
Oil on canvas
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart S-117


Creative: Tronvig Group