Noted Author and Urban Historian Kenneth T. Jackson to Give Talk and Sign Books at Neuberger Museum, Nov. 17

Much has changed in the past 18 years in New York City. The World Trade Center no longer dominates the skyline, a billionaire businessman became an unlikely three-term mayor, and urban regeneration abounds, from Chelsea Piers and the High Line to DUMBO and Williamsburg.


Those are reasons why Kenneth T. Jackson, the noted urban historian and preeminent authority on New York City, decided to revise his critically-acclaimed first edition of The Encyclopedia of New York City (Yale University Press and the New-York Historical Society, 1995).  Jackson will discuss and sign copies of the book's second edition at the Neuberger Museum of Art on Sunday, November 17, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Lisa Keller, the book's executive editor and a professor of history at Purchase College, will also be on hand to discuss the tome.


The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition includes 800 new entries that help tell the story of New York City: from the Air Train to E-ZPass to September 11th. The new edition, which boasts more than 5,000 alphabetical entries and 700 illustrations, spans architecture, politics, business, sports, the arts, and more — serving as an indispensable tool for everyone who has even a passing interest in America’s greatest metropolis.


Jackson is also the author of The Klu Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930 (1967), Cities in American History (1972), and Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (1985). He is a professor of history and social sciences at Columbia University, where he is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and Social Sciences.


Jackson is the general editor of the Columbia History of Urban Life and has served as president of the Urban History Association, the Society of American Historians, the Organization of American Historians, and the New-York Historical Society.  In addition, he was a prominent on-camera presence in the 1999 film, New York: A Documentary Film, directed by Ric Burns for PBS. Jackson earned his B.A in 1961 from the University of Memphis and his Ph.D. in 1966 at the University of Chicago.



The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, is a cultural and intellectual center for modern and contemporary art. Its internationally renowned core collection of 20th century paintings and sculpture contains primary examples of the movements and individuals who shaped modern art.  It is the fundamental mission of the Museum to educate the broadest possible audience in, about, and through the visual arts engages and inspires diverse audiences by actively fostering the study, appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of modern art, African art, and the art of our time. The Museum is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York (Westchester). 914-251-6100.  Information: www.neuberger.org


Museum Hours 

Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm

Closed Mondays and major holidays

Group tours by appointment only on Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 am to 12 noon  


Museum Store

Open during Museum hours. The store features a broad selection of art books, art cards, handcrafted jewelry, children's items and one-of-a-kind limited edition gifts.



$5.00 General Public

$3:00 seniors and students with valid ID.

Museum members, children 12 and under, and Purchase College students, staff, and faculty are admitted free.



The Neuberger Museum of Art is easily accessible by car or bus, and may also be reached by Metro-North. By car: From the North or South - take the Hutchinson River Parkway to Exit 28. Head north on Lincoln Avenue to Anderson Hill Road. Turn right onto Anderson Hill Road, then make a left at the first traffic light onto the Purchase College campus. From I-684, take Exit 2 South on Route 120 to Anderson Hill Road. Turn left onto Anderson Hill to the 2nd traffic light. Turn left onto the Purchase College campus. Follow the signs to parking lot W-1. For persons with special needs, designated parking is available in parking lot W-1. Call ahead for wheelchair accommodations.



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