Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm
2019 was the year of remembering the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the United States. That event occurred in Virginia. What is New York's story? The New York State Amistad Commission is named after an event in Connecticut. What is New York's story? Juneteenth is named after an event in Texas. What is New York's story? We don't do a good job of telling the African story in New York. That shortcoming includes the state and the schools. In this talk, we will examine what the government has done and may do as a result of a new proposal in Albany to tell the story of the first African in New York in 1613 to the legal end of slavery in 1827.
Peter Feinman received his B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.Ed. from New York University, an MBA from New York University, and an Ed. D. from Columbia University. His interests cross disciplinary boundaries including American history, ancient civilizations, biblical history, and New York history. He is the author of AWhere Is Eden?@ in Creation and Chaos: A Reconsideration of Hermann Gunkel's Chaos Kampf Hypothesis, “Canaanites, Catholics, and God’s Chosen Peoples: William Foxwell Albright’s Biblical Archaeology,” Near Eastern Archaeology, and Jerusalem Throne Games. He is a contributor to the forthcoming book Five Views of the Exodus and will be writing a book The Exodus: An Egyptian Story. He is the president of the Westchester Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and is a member of the African American Westchester 400. He advocates for the importance of local and New York State history in the curriculum, community, and tourism and is the author of a blogs on The State of New York State History and The State of American Civics.
Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak, Town of Yorktown, New York
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm
The county's first railroad, the New York & Harlem Railroad, developed by a stagecoach maker, arrived in the 1840s. Its arrival accelerated growth and commerce around the county because of the proximity of New York City. Several other railroads sprung up until, at the county's peak in 1930, there were eight railroads operating. Today three of the originals are still operating. Kent W. Patterson will tell the fascinating story of railroads in Westchester, based on his book Rails Around Westchester County.