The Women Who Made New York

July 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Stable at The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA 01240
$30 general; $25 Mount members
Photo by Johannes Kroemer

The Women Who Made New York is the topic of Julie Scelfo’s lecture at The Mount. Read any history of New York City and you will read about men who were political leaders, activists and cultural tastemakers. These men have been lauded for generations for creating the most exciting and influential city in the world. But that’s not the whole story. The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world, our own Edith Wharton of course being one of them! Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work. The Women Who Made New York reinvigorates not just New York City’s history but its very identity.

The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by a tea and book signing. The doors will open at 10:15 a.m.

Eventbrite - The 2017 Summer Lecture Series

Julie Scelfo is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where she was a staff reporter from 2007 until 2011. Previously, she was a correspondent at Newsweek where she covered breaking news and wrote about social trends, society and human behavior. She covered the events of September 11, 2001, live from lower Manhattan, and then reported extensively on the attack’s emotional and environmental aftermath. Her work has appeared in Salon, O, The Oprah Magazine, Epicurious, Time Out New York, and she has contributed to The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Ad Nauseam: A Survivor’s Guide to American Consumer Culture and several editions of Time Out New York’s Eating & Drinking Guide. Scelfo is currently at work on The Sahadi’s Cookbook, which captures the flavors and history of NYC’s oldest specialty food store.

Refund requests will only be honored if made more than one week prior to lecture date.

We would like to thank Blantyre, a Relais & Chateau property, for their generous donation and support of this season’s Summer Lecture Series at The Mount.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Nicole Williams at 413-551-5100 or by email,, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.