February 22 6:30pm | Melville Gallery – 213 Water Street | $10 Suggested Donation
A drink with a side of History, what could be better? Join the Seaport Museum for the first of its new monthly series: History Happy Hour. Enjoy a lively discussion on a fascinating tidbit of New York’s maritime history.
Tea, Drugs, and Millionaires: New York and the China Trade
February 22 (George Washington’s birthday) marks the 233rd anniversary of when the Empress of China set sail from the East River on its way to Canton, modern-day Guangzhou, China. This mission marked the start of American involvement in the famed China Trade, which helped create some of the nation’s first millionaires. William Roka, South Street Seaport Museum’s Historian, delves into secret history of Spanish silver, the Tea Trade, and the Astor family fortune.