THE SPENCER OPTICAL WORKS: MOUNT KISCO'S INDUSTRIAL PAST
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Presented by Michael Savoca of the Mount Kisco Historical Society. From 1874 to 1888, Mount Kisco was home to an industrial giant, the Spencer Optical manufacturing Company. It was the largest manufacturer of optical goods in the United States and it brought industry and employment to an otherwise quiet village. Learn about the fascinating history of the rise and fall of this pivotal business. What were the changing forces in the community at the time? What were the politics in the town at the time? Come and join us on a journey back in time. Meet the citizens of bygone Mount Kisco and explore the lasting impact of an almost forgotten industry. As an added item: Mike narrates the personal history of his ancestor, Albert Steinhauser, a worker at Spencer.
Yorktown Community Center (Nutrition Rm.), Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm
By Howard Husock, Contributing Editor, City Journal, Manhattan Institute. This is the story of William Voris in Rye. In the early 19th century, The Hudson like the Ohio River divided slavery from freedom. New York had banned slavery but New Jersey at the time did not. It appears that William Voris had fled Bergen County and relocated in Westchester. Mr. Voris of Rye became among the nation's wealthiest African-American business owners at that time. This is a story of what could happen when blacks had the chance to be free and to benefit from economic opportunity. Mr. Voris is buried in the Rye African American Cemetery.
Yorktown Hart Library, 1130 Main St. Shrub Oak