LECTURE Robert H. Pruyn: An Albany Yankee in the Tycoon's Court

Our guest speaker is Susanna Fessler, Professor of East Asian Studies at the University at Albany.

Update March 24, 2020: This event has been postponed. We will provide updates when it is rescheduled.

Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 2PM

Susanna Fessler, Professor of East Asian Studies, University at Albany

Robert H. Pruyn (1815-1882), a "good Dutchman" of Albany, served as the second American foreign minister to Japan, 1861-1865. This was a time of Civil War in the United States, and a time of great civil unrest in Japan. Pruyn prided himself both on his diplomacy and his appreciation of Japanese culture. This talk will focus on some of the lesser-known details of his experience, as revealed in his many personal letters home, held in the archives of the Albany Institute of History & Art.

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