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Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm
By Nancy Truitt who has led the Croton Heights Community Association for a number of years. Croton Heights is a community just south of Yorktown Heights and north of the Croton River. During the American Revolution the “Nasty Affair at Pines Bridge” occurred there at what is known as the Davenport House. Several 1700 era houses still remain there. The hamlet started in the 1700s as a rural community and in the 1920s it got caught up by a Real Estate Visionary with “strong minded women” who realized that the Taconic Parkway would open up the Yorktown area. This is a community of distinction with a unique and interesting history.
Yorktown Community Center (Nutrition Rm), Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Short films by Jim Ormond who produces films on local history. The first is a documentary on author Washington Irving followed by another on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Irving's own life is as interesting as his best short stories. The documentary traces Irving's life from a teenage writer to one of the most famous men in America. The story goes from 19th century New York to palaces of Europe and the American frontier. This is followed by part of his sketch book of 1821, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, which is often noted as a Classic of American Literature or The Great American Ghost Story. Ormond will talk a little on the background of the films followed by a Q &A. First written in 1821 as part of author Washington Irving's "Sketch Book," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," has alternatively been called "A Classic of American Literature," and "The Great American Ghost Story." Combining spooky moments with gentle humor and quaint charm, this new 24-minute adaptation closely follows the spirit of Irving's original tale. A narrator tells the story as actors silently act out the scenes---including the thrilling chase of Ichabod Crane by the Headless Horseman! "In the dark shadow of the grove, at the margin of the brook, he beheld something huge, mis-shapen, black and towering. It stirred not, but seemed gathered up in the gloom like some gigantic monster ready to spring upon the traveller." --from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
John C. Hart Memorial Library - Community Room
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm
The Westchester Library System in conjunction with the Historical Society of Yorktown presents as part of a series of six presentations throughout the library system, this program which will include representatives from the proposed Sing Sing Prison Museum focusing on the history of punishment in America, the creation and development of the penitentiary system and associated reform movements in America. A banner exhibit will visually connect the public with the proposed museum’s social, political and cultural context. Brent Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution, will moderate each panel discussion with local historians, service providers, ex- offenders and distinguished lecturers on prison reform and rehabilitation. A Q & A will follow each discussion; the public is invited to attend any or all of the Community Conversations in the series which is free of charge. Information and resources, including a reading list related to the program’s issue focus of criminal and social justice will be available on the Westchester Library System website: westchesterlibraries.org. Information on the history of Sing Sing and the Sing Sing Museum project is available at: http://www.singsingprisonmuseum.org/
John C. Hart Memorial Library - Community Room