Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm
By Paul R. Martin III, President of Yorktown Historical Society. Paul is very much involved in local and area historical groups. He is a professional historical artist and now a retired teacher. In 2003 he was recognized by VFW for “patriotic service rendered to the community”. In the past he has given our Society and community talks on History of Camp Smith, The Flying Tigers and the Pines Bridge Battle in Yorktown.
The presentation is an extensive power-point program illustrating the military history of Long Island with a concentration on the birthplace of aviation and the aviation industry concluding with a detailed history of Mitchel Field. Paul Martin will also have an extensive display of Mitchel Field photographs, documents and artifacts.
Yorktown Capellini Center (Nutrition Rm), 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Women's Suffrage -- New York & Local
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Join us as we celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women's right to vote for Women's History Month. Sarah Johnson, Ph.D., will describe the local fight for women's suffrage by examining coverage in local newspapers, government records, petitions, and other overlapping progressive causes. An extraordinary number of women and men from the Hudson Valley region were active participants on both sides of this political struggle, and we will examine their contributions in this illustrated talk. We will also have a look at what happened after 1920, as women's voting rights change the social, cultural, political, and legal landscape in our region.
Sarah Johnson is an historian with a career devoted to the history of the public sector, museum work, teaching in higher education and is currently at work on a manuscript about American Department Stores in the 19th century. She was trained in curatorial practice at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. In 2019, she curated an exhibition, Do Not Forget Me: A Brief History of Women in Putnam County as Executive Director of the Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring, NY. She has lectured widely, including the Victoria and Albert Museum/Royal College of Art, the Austrian Center for Fashion Research at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Sotheby's and regional historical societies and libraries in the Hudson Valley.
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.