Image Courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society

Presented by our Partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society

There is a bad apple on the family tree of Emmy Award-winning writer and historian Geoffrey C. Ward: his great-grandfather was Ferdinand Ward. Untapped Cities Insiders are invited to the Brooklyn Historical Society to hear the story of Ferdinand Ward’s meteoric rise to become “the Young Napoleon of Wall Street” and sudden, shocking fall as chronicled in Geofrrey C. Ward’s book A Disposition to be Rich. Ward will share his nefarious ancestor’s story from his small-town boyhood, through his brief heyday in Brooklyn’s most exclusive neighborhood, and finally to the crash that ruined U.S. Grant, took down Wall Street, and made him “the most hated man in America.”

DATE: Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 6:30PM- 8:00PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders! ($5 for the general public)

CAPACITY: 15 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Opens Friday, January 25th 2018 at 12:00PM EST


If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account, and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 1/25 at 12 PM EST.

If you are not an Untapped Cities Insider yet, join today and register for this tour on this page when tickets go live on 1/25 at 12 PM EST.

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Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

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See our full list of Untapped Cities Insiders Tours and our upcoming Public Tours.