Lecture Series, Week 1 * The Vanderbilts: An Empire Founded on Staten Island

The History of Staten Island – Part 2, a seven-session lecture series with Patricia M. Salmon, begins at the Noble Maritime Collection on Thursday, April 6, 2017.* 

The Vanderbilt’s: An Empire Founded on Staten Island presents Cornelius Vanderbilt and his shipping and railroad empire, and the eventual involvement and success of his son William H. Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilts became the wealthiest and most prominent family in the United States during the 1800s. Both Cornelius and William H. were passionate about succeeding and crushing their opponents. Whether it was greed or the need to be the best, their shrewdness and aggressiveness brought them riches beyond comprehension. The two left a legacy that had its foundation in eighteenth century Staten Island. As such we will examine the Vanderbilt family lineage, their properties and homes, their connection to the Moravian Cemetery, the Vanderbilt Mausoleum and more.

Presentations will include a PowerPoint, lecture, video clips, question and answer periods, sources for future research by participants, handouts, and guest speakers.

All seven sessions $65; museum members $57
Individual sessions $10 each; museum members $9 each

*Please note that participation in The History of Staten Island Part 1 is not a requirement for this series.