Roosevelt Island Historical Society
(RIHS) and New York Public Library
Roosevelt Island branch hosted a free virtual lecture –
In The Footsteps of Nellie Blly – via Zoom
on Tuesday February 15 with Following Nellie Bly author Rosemary J. Brown and Girl Sculptor sculptor Amanda Mathews.
As previously reported, RIHS President Judy Berdy moderated:
… A celebration of the life and legacy of Nellie Bly –
journalist, adventurer and humanitarian – on the centennial of
her death (January 27, 1922) with a focus on her record-breaking
race around the world declared ‘the most remarkable of all feats
of circumnavigation ever performed by a human being,’ by The New
York World, 1890.
Rosemary J Brown
is a London-based journalist and author of Following Nellie Bly:
Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World (Pen and Sword Books,
2021) where she re-traced Bly’s epic 72-day journey to pay
tribute to the pioneering woman now commemorated in the recently
inaugurated The Girl Puzzle monument on Roosevelt Island. Brown
is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with a quest to
get female adventurers ‘back on the map.’
Rosemary will be joined by
Amanda Matthews, the sculptor of “The Girl Puzzle’‘ located on Roosevelt Island. Amanda is an award-winning
sculptor and designer of public art and the space it
inhabits. She is also a public speaker and the CEO of
Prometheus Art, a Design/Build Firm owned with her
partner/husband, Brad Connell, located in Lexington, KY.
Matthews’ work reflects a commitment to women, fairness, civil
rights, and lifting muted and marginalized voices. She
designs large-scale monuments and installations with emphasis on
accessibility for all people. Her work recognizes and honors the
plight of women, those who are marginalized, the LGBTQ+
community, and others who are still seeking equal rights and
Watch the video of this fascinating program.
of the Girl Puzzle Sculpture at Roosevelt Island Lighthouse Park.