Talks at the Seaport Museum

Book Talks at the Seaport Museum

Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World
A book talk in honor of Immigrant Heritage Month

Tuesday, June 12 | 6:30 pm | $10 (free for members) | Purchase Tickets

Please join the Seaport Museum to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month as historian James Evans discusses his new book Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World

In the 1600s, vast numbers of people left England for the Americas. Crossing the Atlantic was a major undertaking, the voyage long and treacherous. Why did they go?

Emigrants casts vivid new light on the population shift which underpins the rise of modern America. Using contemporary sources including diaries, court hearings and letters, James Evans brings us the extraordinary personal stories of the men and women who made the journey of a lifetime.

About the Author

James Evans is an author, historian and television producer specializing in history documentaries. James has carved a successful career in television, working with the likes of David Starkey, Niall Ferguson, Michael Wood and David Reynolds, with broadcast credits including Battle Castles, Western Civilisation, The Story of England and Long Shadow. James’ latest book Emigrants: Why The English Sailed To The New World, was published by W&N in July 2017, and has attracted plaudits in The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The FT and The Times, hitting the top spot in the Evening Standard’s London Bestsellers list. He was also recently interviewed by historian Dan Snow for the acclaimed History Hit podcast. James’ previous book Merchant Adventurers: The Voyage of Discovery That Transformed Tudor England, which explored the country’s efforts to become a seafaring superpower in the 16th century, was published in 2013 by W&N in the UK and Pegasus in the US.

This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Reception to follow the talk.


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