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Pages from the Past: NYC’s Greatest Diarist Dishes
December 9, 2020 , 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Everyone loves a little gossip, right? And no one could dish it like George Templeton Strong. Once a well-connected lawyer and a trustee of both Trinity Church and Columbia College (but also a man who reflected the racial, ethnic, and religious prejudices of his time), he is now perhaps best known for the extensive private diary (never actually intended for publication) that he kept from 1835 until his death in 1875. Strong’s writings detail his frank observations of high society and the people of NYC who he knew intimately (many of whom wound up at Green-Wood), as well as his visits to the Cemetery. Matt Dellinger, writer and student of history, will join Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman to discuss Strong’s candid observations and his unique insider’s view of history.
Matt Dellinger has written for The New Yorker, the Oxford American, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, and has reported on transportation and planning for WNYC. He is the author of Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway and is at work on his second book, about Brooklyn in the Civil War.
This conversation is part of our series of virtual programs about the history of Green-Wood and its permanent residents, Zooming in on History.
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