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Wilton Historical Society Presents Talk On Manhattan History

Wilton Historical Society hosts book discussion group from noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Wilton Historical Society hosts book discussion group from noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa

WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton Historical Society is hosting Booked for Lunch, a history reading group discussing "The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America."

The book, by Russell Shorto, is a national best-seller.

The group will meet Tuesday from noon-1:30 p.m.

The 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.

The book tells the story of when the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664. The truth about New Amsterdam's thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for $24 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.

To obtain a copy of the book, visit the nonfiction reading group area at the Wilton Library, where a limited number are reserved.

There is no charge, but register for this program,by emailing or by phone at 203-762-7257.

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