JOHN JACOB ASTOR
If you’re enjoying the HBO’s series The Gilded Age and the book Astor by best-selling author, Anderson Cooper then you will really enjoy this lecture. Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 PM. Register Here.
Born into poverty in Germany, John Jacob Astor came to the US and built the American Fur Company by trading manufactured goods from Asia and Europe with Native Americans. Once fur hats went out of style he invested in Manhattan real estate and earned a fortune as European immigrants came to New York City seeking a better life.
Learn about the North American fur trade and the growth of New York real estate in the early 1880s.
Presenter, Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds an MBA from Penn State University and a B.A. in History from Rutgers University.
Refreshments will be provided by the Chester Historical Society.