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Fort Tryon Park From The Cloisters to Former Gilded Age Estate Webinar

'Fort Tryon Park, From The Cloisters to Former Gilded Age Estate' Webinar

Thu May 13, 2021

'Fort Tryon Park, From The Cloisters to Former Gilded Age Estate' Webinar

Time Thu May 13 2021 at 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm

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'Fort Tryon Park, From The Cloisters to Former Gilded Age Estate' Webinar, 13 May | Online Event | 'Fort Tryon Park, From The Cloisters to Former Gilded Age Estate' Webinar
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A historic Revolutionary War battle; a replica of a medieval monastery; remnants of one of New York's most incredible private estates. It's time to take a virtual trip to one of the highest points in Manhattan to uncover the sights and stories hidden throughout one of New York's most coveted parks.

Join New York Adventure Club for a virtual exploration of Fort Tryon Park in the Manhattan neighborhoods of Hudson Heights & Inwood, which has been the site of Revolutionary War forts, a sprawling Gilded Age estate, and now one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces.

Led by licensed tour guide and neighborhood resident Jim Ryan, our unique digital showcase of Fort Tryon Park's past and present will include:

-An overview of Fort Tryon Park throughout the past 300 years , from its role in the Revolutionary War, to how it got its nickname "Flower Capital of Manhattan"
- Exclusive photos of the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine — home to the remains of "Mother Cabrini," the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church
-A look at remnants of the C.K.G. Billings mansion , with stories around the American industrialist tycoon's infamous dinner party on the estate
-The story of The MET Cloisters , from how John D. Rockefeller, Jr.'s acquired the medieval collection of art, to how it was sourced from various French monasteries and abbeys, to the significance of several hundred acres across the Hudson River in New Jersey

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Jim — any and all questions about Fort Tryon Park and the surrounding area are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar
**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.
***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week


"Great "walking" segues with notes on routes and maps. The history was well presented while showing photos of the sites from the park. Nicely done!" -Brent
"Loved the subject matter! Jim was very informative" -Alba
"I liked the actual "tour" aspect -- the map indicating where we as virtual tourists were as we "moved" through the park." -Pamela
"Jim had a pleasant speaking voice and a lot of knowledge about the topic. I had seen some of the Billings Estate images but not as many as Jim had. Very much enjoyed those." -Duane
"Thorough, detailed. I thought your detail on Mother Cabrini was fascinating - that was a Warrior Nun! I grew up near 207 & Vermilyea and Cloisters was my hideaway. You taught me much about that location that I didn't know." -Alberto
"Jim Ryan's an engaging guide, and I learned a lot about the neighborhood i've now lived in for 11 years" -Julie
"The history & many tales of the contributors to making this park. I esp appreciated the story of the woman (Molly Pitcher?) who fought the war beside her husband & then after too. Loved the horticulture parts & flower stories. Also the explanations of St Cabrini. Incredible woman!!! TX." -Sharon
"Having lived within a five minute walk of Ft. Tryon Park for 27 years, I am very familiar with the history of the park, but this talk provided some interesting and fun details I did not know - well done." -Thomas
"Having grown up in Washington Heights and as an alum of Mother Cabrini High School, as a frequent visit to Fort Tryon Park and of The Cloisters, I did learn quite a number of details of history. I really enjoyed it" -G
"The guide was interesting and had a nice voice. I was engaged throughout the full time" -Judith
"The speaker was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor -- great visuals" -Sarah
"Topic was superbly put together. 1. Visuals 2. Video 3. Presenter" -Angela
"Loved it and will be signing up for future tours." -Joseph
"Very detailed history of site and its history back to the 17th century. He lives in the neighborhood and has extensive personal history with the location." -Peggy
"I enjoyed all of the information, the maps, the photography, and of course the historical background." -Lorette
"Jim was so knowledgeable and so easy to listen to." -Jill
"This was my first event and found it extremely informative and interesting. The photos were outstanding and combined with the easy to understand narration, it was my first of many webinars." -Jayne
"Jim was great! While the subject matter was expansive, Jim was interesting and very easy to follow. His love of the subject matter certainly came through in his presentation. I’ve always wanted to learn of, and visit, this area." -Marcia
"The presenter was interesting and set a good pace. The information and photos were excellent!" -Karen
"Jim Ryan is an excellent lecturer. We learned a lot about the park and the Cloister (my favorite museum ever). We live in Buffalo, NY and visit NYC often when possible." -Catherine
"Jim was knowledgable, very pleasant, took his time to answer all questions and gave a lot of information that I as a native New Yorker did not know. Thank you!" -Sandy
"Jim is a wonderful presenter. Great photos and commentary." -Larry
"Great historical information and pictures." -Carol
Well organized; just enough detail to be interesting, not tedious." -Linda
"The presenter was excellent! Good speaking voice and you could tell he enjoyed his subject and had a wealth of information!" -Paul
"Presenter James Ryan was not only knowledgeable, but personable and willing to go beyond the webinar to answer questions. He is passionate about the subject and a wonderful presenter." -Ursula
"Excellent information, sequence, picture/movie support. Interesting topic, well researched." -Catherine
"I enjoyed hearing about the history of the area. I visited the Cloisters in the late 1950’s as a teenager, so it was interesting to revisit it today. Thanks for the memories!" -Barbara
"Mostly all of the content was new to me, and I enjoy learning about new NY history. I saw Mother Cabrini's tomb many, many years ago when I was visiting my aunt's in the Bronx, and I assume it was news to many who saw your talk. Thanks again for your talk. Kay A." -Kay
"James presented the material in an interesting & engaging fashion. Enjoyed the historical photos & the map depicting where we were in the park as he was speaking about a particular location." -Becki
"James voice. Held interest. Well prepared and presented extremely well. It was fun meeting and chatting with folks from my home town." -Pam
"Everything! It was so fascinating, interesting, Jim was engaging and informative. The presentation and all the media was just fantastic!" -Len


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