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Wilton Historical Society Hosts Discussion Of Manhattan Book

The Wilton Historical Society will discuss "The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America" by Russell Shorto on Sept. 22.
The Wilton Historical Society will discuss "The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America" by Russell Shorto on Sept. 22. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- Booked for Lunch, a history reading group, will discuss "The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America" by Russell Shorto on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Wilton Historical Society.

The Wilton Historical Society hosts a reading group that focuses on books with a historical bent. The event is a brown-bag lunch, with the society providing beverages and dessert.

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records – recently declared a national treasure – are now being translated.

Drawing on this archive, Shorto has created a gripping narrative – a story of global sweep centered on wilderness called Manhattan.

Readers may check out a copy of the book from the nonfiction Reading Group area at the Wilton Library, where a limited number are reserved. There is no charge, but participants are asked to register for this program, by email at education@wiltonhistorical.org or by phone at 203-762-7257.

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