Delve Into the Lives of the Brooklyn Bridge Builders With a Book Talk at the New York Transit Museum

People walking on the bridge, circa 1894. Photo via Library of Congress

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    The construction of Brooklyn’s iconic bridge encompassed the lives of three Roebling family members over the course of more than twenty years of planning and construction.

    In a talk at the New York Transit Museum, photographer Barbara G. Mensch, author of “In the Shadow of Genius,” will share the stories that emerged during her journey to understand the minds behind the engineering marvel. Mensch hunted through the letters, drawings and diaries of John, Washington and Emily Roebling to weave together the full stories of their lives. Having lived beside the bridge for decades, Mensch has a special connection to the span and her photographs include images taken from rare vantage points to fully understand the technology that made it possible.

    The talk and book signing takes place on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Transit Museum at 99 Schermerhorn Street. Tickets are $10 and free for museum members. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the event page here.

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