Intrepid journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland set forth on November 14, 1889 to travel around the world as quickly as possible, racing each other and the fictional 80-day voyage by Jules Verne. Matthew Goodman will recount stories of their trips, capturing vignettes of the late 19th century, at a lecture presented by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

The event is FREE and open to the public. It is the fourth in the Society’s annual series of lectures, which is supported by funds provided by Amalgamated Bank, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Public Purpose Fund and New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, with funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

The event is FREE and open to the public. It is the fourth in the Society’s annual series of lectures, which is supported by funds provided by Amalgamated Bank, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Public Purpose Fund and New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, with funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of the Island’s unique story and pursues preservation of its landmarks and artifacts. For more information, please visit www.rihs.us.