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Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm
By Eugene Boesch, a professional archaeologist and cultural resource and historic preservation specialist. We welcome Eugene back as a speaker and thank him for all his work and efforts. From about the 1690s until 1794 both free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6 acre burial ground in Lower Manhattan just outside of the boundary of old New Amsterdam. The grounds were lost to history and were rediscovered in 1991 by archaeologists. In all, 419 bodies were discovered. Estimates exist that well over 10000 still lie under the foundations of Lower Manhattan. Information will be given of physical/forensic, social, economic, ritual, and other aspects of the interred enslaved population. Also given will be information on the period's buried freedmen and other marginal peoples as obtained from the investigations.
Yorktown Hart Library, 1130 Main St., Shrub Oak
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Itinerant shoemaker / peddler by day, patriot and spy by night, Enoch Crosby is considered to be the first “Secret Agent” of the United States. Working secretly with the Committee of Safety, he traveled the “neutral ground”, primarily Westchester and Putnam Counties. Frequently captured, beaten and imprisoned, even condemned to die, yet he always escaped with valuable information on enemy plans. He is generally considered to be the “Harvey Birch” hero of the novel The Spy, by James Fenimore Cooper. This presentation by Libby Baker, a member of the Enoch Crosby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Yorktown Hart Library, 1130 Main St., Shrub Oak
The travels and travails of The Reverend Silas Constant � a view of Yorktown in the early Republic
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Presented by Christopher R. Tompkins, a graduate of Yorktown High School, Colby College, and the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He holds certificates from Harvard and Cornell Universities, and was awarded a Fellowship for school leadership at the Klingenstein Center of Columbia University. Using his personal diary from 1783 to 1801, take a historical trip around Yorktown (Crom Pond, Hanover, Cortlandt Manor) and other regional localities through the eyes of The Reverend Silas Constant, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Yorktown and defunct Independent or Congregational Church of Yorktown. This talk is focused on the everyday life of Constant and his contemporaries with “travel” through and around Crom Pond to visit, baptize, marry, and eulogize parishioners, preach in various houses of worship and homes, and experience the seasons of this remote region in the early years of the American Republic. Genealogical records researched by Roebling and additional connections made by Tompkins will be incorporated as well. In the words of Emily Warren Roebling, faithful editor of Constant’s diary and wife of the Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Peter Pratts Resturant