Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
How much do you know about how iron is made? In early colonial times there were around 50 iron mines in the lower Hudson River valley. The Revolutionary War iron chain across the Hudson was made in Orange County. A large iron mine was near Brewster. What are blast furnaces and bloomery and forges and how were they used. Doc Bayne will provide information on the making of iron from colonial times up to the present.
YORKTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER (lower level), 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
The Life and Ride of Sybil Ludington
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm
The Revolutionary War in the Hudson Valley inspired the rise of heroes and heroines alike. On a rainy night in 1777, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington mounted her beloved horse and rode forty miles through enemy-infested Putnam County to warn her father's regiment of impending British raids. Riding twice the distance of Paul Revere and under more dire circumstances, her heroic efforts helped position the Continental army in subsequent battles. A widow at a young age, Sybil became a successful businesswoman in a male-dominated profession and lived in the region for her remaining years. Through family documents and correspondence, Vincent T. Dacquino charts the incredible life and legacy of Sybil Ludington.
Hart Memorial Library, 1130 East Main Street Shrub Oak, NY 10588
UNKNOWN HISTORY OF WESTCHESTER
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm
By Robert Marchant, an author and journalist who has delved into the history of Westchester County. Marchant is currently a staff writer for Greenwich Time magazine and for many years covered Westchester for Gannett Newspapers. His recent book is entitled “Westchester—History of an Iconic Suburb”. For over a decade he has spent hundreds of hours doing research at the Westchester archives and in libraries across the region. He chronicled how the archetypal suburb was imagined, how it was built and populated. Did you know about the extensive influence that mobster Dutch Schultz had in Yonkers and that he and his associates pumped a stream of beer under the streets during Prohibition. Marchant will reveal defining moments in the county's past. There is extensive information about Yorktown; e.g., a big auto road race in 1908 ran through Yorktown.
Peter Pratts Inn, upstairs, 673 Croton Heights Rd, off of Rt 118