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History Talks: Sex & the City, The Early Years

History Talks:  Sex & the City, The Early Years
Author, Historian and GNPS Member, Bill Greer

Wednesday, February 17, at 5:00pm

In this illustrated talk, Bill Greer looks at the bawdy world of Dutch New York from 1624 to 1664. Through anecdotes of real people and events, he examines the libertine culture Europeans brought to the Hudson Valley and how that culture engendered an independent streak that fueled a rebellion of the common people against their rulers. This conflict, many historians argue, laid the foundation for the pluralistic, freedom-loving society that America became.

AUTHOR BIO: Bill Greer has spent decades exploring New York and its history. His recent book, A Dirty Year: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in Gilded Age New York, is a nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city teeming with social upheaval and sexual revolution. His novel The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan portrays the city’s founding as New Amsterdam. He has been a trustee of the New Netherland Institute, serving as its treasurer, chairing its program to establish the New Netherland Research Center with the New York State Library, and receiving the Institute’s Howard Hageman award. He has spoken on New York history throughout the Hudson Valley, and over the past year, online. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 5:00 PM
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William Greer
Lectures and Talks
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