Talks at the Seaport Museum

Book Talks at the Seaport Museum

Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal
Book Talk with Jack Kelly

Tuesday, August 14 | 6:30 pm | $10 (free for members) | Purchase Tickets

The Erie Canal made New York the commercial capital of America and brought the modern world crashing into the frontier. Readers encounter America’s very first “crime of the century,” wild treasure hunts, searing acts of violence, a visionary cross-dresser, and a panoply of fanatics, mystics, and hoaxers.

About the Author

Jack Kelly is a journalist, novelist, and historian. He received the DAR’s History Award Medal for his book Band of Giants. He has contributed to national periodicals including American Heritage Magazine and is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. He has appeared on The History Channel and C-SPAN and been interviewed on National Public Radio. He grew in the Erie Canal region and now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Find out more at

This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Book signing to follow the talk. Books on sale at the event.

Book Talks at the Seaport Museum

Archipelago New York: The Island World Beyond Manhattan
Book Talk with Thomas Halaczinsky

Thursday, September 6 | 6:30 pm | $10 (free for members) | Purchase Tickets

A photographic logbook of a modern-day exploration into the vast island world of New York. Stunning photography taken from a sailboat tells the stories of New York islands you probably haven’t heard of. On a 30-foot sailboat, the photographer, author and filmmaker started from the coast of Brooklyn and went on along Manhattan, through Long Island Sound and beyond – with a bunch of historical books and maps, a camera, and an open mind.

About the Author

Thomas Halaczinsky is an award-winning New York documentary filmmaker, photographer, and writer who divides his time between Brooklyn and Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork, where he keeps his thirty-foot sailboat Sojourn. His work focuses on the relationship between people and places. In documentary films such as Coney Island: A last Summer (for German/French broadcaster ARTE in 2008) and Don’t Call it Heimweh, the opening film of the 2005 Berlin Jewish Film Festival, he explored the importance of place for the identity of the protagonists. In 1996 he won an ACE award for his contribution to the Emmy-awarded film Calling the Ghost.

This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Book signing to follow the talk. Books on sale at the event.


By subway:

  • Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street.
  • Upon exiting, walk east on Fulton Street until you reach the museum. Depending on where you exit, the walk takes between 8 and 15 minutes.
    By bus:

  • Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street. Note: On the M-15 SBS, you must pay at the bus stop before boarding.
  • Walk one block east.
    By ferry:

  • The East River Ferry, Water Taxi, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11 from Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey.
  • From Pier 11, walk north on South Street for about 5 minutes.
  • Once at Fulton Street, turn left. The Visitor Center (12 Fulton Street) is about a half block west.
  • From the Staten Island Ferry, the museum is about a mile walk Northeast on Water or South Street.

  • Parking in the area is limited. There is a parking lot located at Front and John Streets, just one block from the museum. Another lot is available at 294 Pearl Street.

    *As we are located in an historic district please contact the museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit