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Otto Kahn The Gilded Age Legacy of Mr. Monopoly Webinar

'Otto Kahn: The Gilded Age Legacy of Mr. Monopoly' Webinar

Thu May 06, 2021

'Otto Kahn: The Gilded Age Legacy of Mr. Monopoly' Webinar

Time Thu May 06 2021 at 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm

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'Otto Kahn: The Gilded Age Legacy of Mr. Monopoly' Webinar, 6 May | Online Event | 'Otto Kahn: The Gilded Age Legacy of Mr. Monopoly' Webinar
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How did a middle-class German refugee become so successful in America that he not only became one of its richest citizens, but also the face of one of its most iconic board games? This is the incredible story of Otto Kahn, whose financing of the 1800s railroad boom would make him one of the wealthiest — and generous — people the world had ever seen.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the life, legacy, and properties of Otto Kahn, aka "The King of New York" — an American investment banker who used his considerable wealth to not only build himself some of the country's most exquisite properties, but also give back to the arts community he had originally dreamed of being a part of.

Led by music composer and Otto Kahn researcher Roger Hall, who attended Eastern Military Academy when it resided inside Kahn's Oheka Castle property on Long Island, our deep dive into the exquisite prosperity and philanthropy of Mr. Monopoly will include:

  • An overview of Otto Kahn's life and legacy, from how he made his fortune, to his passion for the arts and helping out musicians and institutions in need
  • A look at Kahn's palatial properties throughout the east coast, both standing and long gone, with exclusive photos inside his Fifth Avenue mansion
  • The dramatic story of his Long Island property, Oheka Castle, and how the second largest private home in America was almost completely destroyed by vandals
  • Personal stories from Roger's time at Eastern Military Academy, which occupied Oheka Castle between its initial sale and 1979
  • The overlooked music career of Otto's son, Roger Wolfe Kahn, whose jazz band hit it big with their 1928 track “Crazy Rhythm”
  • Rare audio clips, including songs from Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso and pianist George Gershwin — both of whom were helped by Otto Kahn

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Roger — any and all questions about Otto Kahn are welcomed and encouraged!

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

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Roger

Roger Lee Hall is a music preservationist and ASCAP composer who has been active in music for over 50 years.  Currently, he is Director of the Center for American Music Preservation (CAMP), which seeks to keep alive music from America's past.  He has also worked extensively with old recordings and is also director of the American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA).

Before his retirement, he was a music teacher for over 20 years in college and adult education where his music courses were very popular and many students spoke highly of his knowledge. His courses ranged from classical music to music from Broadway and Hollywood.

His official website is located at:


"Roger Lee Hall’s personal experience with Oheka Castle and all the history he imparted -marvelous and so enlightening! Thank you for the opportunity to watch this webinar!" -Kathryn

"Lots of great pictures. Very interesting. Cute touch. And loved the music. It got my feet tapping." -Connie

"Hall is passionate and personal! Wonderful lecture! Thank you! -Mary

"Very good material and clear explanation. Most interesting" -Robert

"Having grown up less than a mile from Oheka, I still learned things from this event." -Ellen

"Roger Hall was extremely knowledgeable about Otto Kahn and the arts scene in the early 20th century. The pictures and music in his presentation made the webinar come alive." -Marsha

"Learning new things about History of famous New Yorkers and beautiful places!" -Alba

"I liked the photos of Kahn's homes, back story knowledge." -Elizabeth

"Very thorough and learned a lot more than I already knew about Otto Khan." -Jessica

"Very informative. Lots of visual aids. Host really knew the subject matter." -Nancy

"Great usage of media, video, pictures. Loved the personal connection of speaker to Oheka." -Jen

"I loved the presenter's personal connection to one of the properties." -Kerri

"I liked the details about Otto Kahn and his family plus the various homes Kahn owned." -Joanna

"The presenter was excellent and knew his facts. The webinar was quite broad in detail such as music facts, the life of Otto Kahn as well as his son and then Oheka castle itself." -Susan

"I liked the addition of the music and the lecturer's experiences at the military academy." -Ann

"It was comprehensive, interesting and informative. I have visited Oheka Castle, and was somewhat familiar with the history behind it and Otto Kahn. However, I did not know so much of his background until this webinar." -Lucille

"The presenter's knowledge of the subject, the work that he put into the presentation and the fact that it was very interesting. I learned a lot and will continue reading about Otto Kahn." -Claudia

"Author has a passion for the topic." -Leigh

"The presenter was knowledgeable, clearly able to present well, had a sense of humor, we really liked him a lot!" -Kathryn

"Very informative loved the old timey music and videos." -Lee

"It was fun! It was presented as a good mix of lecture, visuals, audio and video clips. The musical pieces, from opera to jazz, helped to tell Otto Kahn’s story." -Ellen

"I loved the presenters enthusiasm and all the interesting details he provided." -Maria

"Very interesting talk. I liked the variety of research material. Live in Morristown area so very glad he included that home. Learned a lot and thought speaker's enthusiasm was contagious." -Jeanne


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