'The Building of the Brooklyn Bridge: The Challenges, The Triumph' Webinar

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Over the course of 14 long years during the 19th century, New York's Brooklyn Bridge went from a moonshot idea on paper to, once completed, one of the most groundbreaking infrastructure projects the world had ever seen. But how was such a gargantuan project accomplished when no bridge of that scale had ever been attempted before? Through a rare cache of historic photos, it's time to explore each phase of this awe-inspiring structure's construction, and the human drama and determination that unfolded along the way.

Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the dramatic story surrounding the building of the Brooklyn Bridge (1869-1883), and how extraordinary human imagination, skill, and fortitude helped complete the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time.

Led by Jeff Richman — collector, historian, and author of Building the Brooklyn Bridge, 1869–1883 — our virtual experience around this one-of-a-kind landmark will include:

  • An overview of why a bridge was needed across the East River between the America's two largest cities, New York and Brooklyn
  • A deep dive into the construction phases of the bridges, and how techniques ranged from the most primitive — like a huge wooden box for the foundations of the towers — to the most cutting-edge — like steel, galvanized wire, and electric lighting
  • The story of John and Washington Roebling, the father and son who were chosen as the project's chief engineers, and the key role played by Emily Roebling, Washington's wife
  • A look at the Brooklyn Bridge as an international icon, and how it's been commemorated in unique ways ever since it was completed in 1883
  • Many rare and never-before-seen photos of the bridge's construction, sourced from private collections and public archives from around the country

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Jeff — any and all questions about the Brooklyn Bridge 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

About Jeff

Jeffrey I. Richman has been fascinated by New York City’s history for as long as he can remember. In 2007, after thirty-three years practicing law, representing indigent criminal defendants, he became the full-time historian at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Since then, he has led Green-Wood’s Civil War, World War I, and World War II projects which, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, have identified, written, and posted online biographies for thousands of veterans interred there. He blogs about Green-Wood and his latest discoveries and is the author of three books, including Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery: New York’s Buried Treasure (1998).

He has also co-designed two Green-Wood maps and curated several gallery exhibitions, including three on the Civil War and one on Coney Island. Driven by his passion for history and a long-standing fascination with nineteenth-century New York, Richman is an avid collector who has amassed a notable collection of stereoview and lantern slide photographs of New York City, including many of the Brooklyn Bridge under construction which he has donated to The Green-Wood Historic Fund. One of his fondest memories is of attending the one-hundredth anniversary of the bridge’s opening in 1983—just one milestone in his love affair with the Brooklyn Bridge.


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