The History of Emily Warren Roebling
Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm
This is the story of an admirable and multifaceted woman and her connection to the Brooklyn Bridge and to Yorktown. Emily was born in Cold Spring, was sister to Gouverneur Kemble Warren, and married Washington Roebling, who was the son of the Brooklyn Bridge designer John Roebling. Washington was the Chief Engineer for the Brooklyn Bridge but soon became bedridden. This turn of events ended up making Emily Roebling the "first woman field engineer." She was also the first person to cross the bridge in a carriage. Come listen as Yorktown Historical Society trustee Monica Doherty shares this interesting story about a fascinating person.
John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 East Main Street, Shrub Oak, NY
Current Research on Paleo-Indian Occupations in New York and New England Maritimes
Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Dr. Jonathan Lothrop, Curator of Archaeology at the New York State Museum in Albany, will discuss ongoing archaeological research about how and when New York's Paleo-Indian populations colonized and adapted to the late glacial environment over 13,000 years ago. These ancient explorations and settlement patterns set the stage for widespread human settlement for northeastern North America. Dr. Lothrop will describe the last glaciation, review archaeological evidence for Paleo-Indian colonization of the region and present preliminary results of three current projects researching Paleo-Indian occupations in New York. Program is free to the public and sponsored by The L.A. Brennan Lower Hudson Chapter of the NYS Archaeological Association
Croton Free Library, Ottinger Room, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Author Talk and Signing: The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm
The FDR Presidential Library will host an author talk and book signing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 with Stephen C. Schlesinger co-editor of The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Mr. Schlesinger (1917-2007) was an American historian whose work focused on leaders such as Harry Truman, Franklin D, Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. A Pulitzer Prize winner, Schlesinger served as special assistant to President Kennedy. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the talk. Free public event. For information call (845) 486-7745
Henry A. Wallace Center, FDR Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
History of General Kosciuszko and his Fortification Structures
Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
We are pleased to announce this presentation sponsored by both the Yorktown Historical Society and the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society. Professor Lawrence Mansour of the United State Military Academy at West Point and member of the Kosciuszko Squadron will share his knowledge of General Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-born Revolutionary War hero who undertook the defense of the Hudson River, including the development of the 60 ton chain across the Hudson that deterred British ships from proceeding north, among other achievements.
John C. Hart Memorial Library, East Main Street, Shrub Oak, NY
Spring Break Mini-Camp - Then and Now
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am
What was it like living 200 years ago? What did people do for heat and lilght? Where did their food and water come from? Explore the Carriage Barn Discovery Center, interact with artifacts form long ago, and make hand dipped candles. This is a drop-off program for children ages five to ten. Session #1 takes place from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Session #2 takes place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Children may attend either or both sessions Children attending both sessions should bring a bagged lunch; staff will supervise and lead informal activities during the hour between sessions. Admission per session is $20; $15 for Friends of John Jay Homestead. Advance registration and payment required; phone 914 232-5651, ext 101 to reserve
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, 400 Jay Street, Katonah, NY
History of the Fishkill Supply Depot - ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Come join the Yorktown Historical Society at Peter Pratt's Inn. A convivial time is guaranteed with light refreshments, good company and an excellent speaker, Judy Wolf, who will share some of the history of the Hudson Valley with tales of the Fishkill Supply Depot, which was the major logistical center for the Revolutionary War in the North and has the largest Continental Army burying ground. Located not too many miles north of Yorktown, the depot complex had barracks for thousands of soldiers near Route 9 and Interstate 84. Volunteers are currently trying to get the area designated as a National Park.
Peter Pratt's Inn, Croton Heights Road, Yorktown