Virtual Meet James "Smelly" Kelly

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Thursday October 22

4:00 PM  –  4:45 PM

Discover the incredible story of Irish immigrant James Kelly as told by children’s author Beth Anderson in her new book “Smelly” Kelly and his Super Senses, and costumed interpreter Joe Hartman, who will offer a first-person glimpse into Kelly’s life and times.  “Smelly” Kelly earned his nickname by using his keen olfactory sense to help sniff out leaks and other potential dangers in New York City’s subway system.  Over the course of his career, it’s estimated that Kelly traveled almost 100,000 miles of track on foot and trained 60 assistants.  Join us to learn more about this hardworking, unusually talented and undersung hero of the New York City Subway! 

Free online program, recommended for ages 5-12.

“Smelly” Kelly and his Super Senses is available at the New York Transit Museum Store! Buy it here.