- May 9, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
May 9, 2020
$5 General Admission; FREE for Roebling Museum members
Book talk and signing with author Tracey Enerson Wood
In the 19th century, it was not customary for a woman to accompany a man to a construction site. But when Washington A. Roebling, the chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, is injured on the job, his wife Emily Warren Roebling steps in.
Untrained for the task, she assumes his role, despite stern resistance and overwhelming obstacles. But as the project takes shape under Emily’s direction, her marriage, principles, and identity threaten to collapse. When the bridge finally stands finished, will she recognize the woman who built it?
Based on the true story of the Brooklyn Bridge, The Engineer’s Wife delivers an emotional portrait of a woman transformed by a project of unfathomable scale, which takes her into the bowels of the East River, suffragette riots, the halls of Manhattan’s elite, and the heady, freewheeling temptations of P.T. Barnum. It’s the story of a husband and wife determined to build something that lasts―even at the risk of losing each other.
Ms. Wood’s book, The Engineer’s Wife, will be available for purchase in our gift shop.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended. If you do not wish to purchase your ticket on-line, please call the museum at 609/499-7200 to reserve your seat.