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“LOCAL CLIMATE HISTORY—NORTHERN WESTCHESTER WARMING”

Posted on: November 14th, 2017
 
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Title: “LOCAL CLIMATE HISTORY—NORTHERN WESTCHESTER WARMING”
Location: Yorktown Community Center (Nutrition Rm), 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Description: By Yorktown volunteer observers Daniel Thaler (2014-2017) and Jerome Thaler (1964-2014). Northern Westcheter and Putnam National Weather Service (NWS) records since the 1890s show the last two decades have been the warmest. These two dedicated weather observers have recorded weather conditions daily for the NWS. This presentation reveals the weather extremes both on a monthly and annual basis for our local area Other aspects on climate will also be shown. In 2013, Jerome put out a book “Hudson Valley Warming”. His son Daniel is now the local observer for NWS. Is there a ‘Hot Time in the Old Town’?
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2018-01-18

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"THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN"

Posted on: November 6th, 2017
 
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Title: “THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN”
Location: Yorktown Community Center (Nutrition Rm), 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Description: Captain Dixie Kiefer was the Executive Officer on the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier during what some consider the turning point of WWII in the Pacific, the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway in May of 1942. This makes 2017 the 75th anniversary of these historic battles. In 1944, Kiefer became the first Commanding Officer of the USS Ticonderoga. On November 11, 1945, a Navy plane carrying Captain Dixie crashed in Dutchess County killing all aboard. David Rocco tells the complete story of this hero who inspired the entire nation.
Start Time: 1930
Date: 2017-11-16

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“CROTON HEIGHTS—FROM THE REVOLUTION TO 1920s LAND DEVELOPMENT”

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017
 
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Title: “CROTON HEIGHTS—FROM THE REVOLUTION TO 1920s LAND DEVELOPMENT”
Location: Yorktown Community Center (Nutrition Rm), Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Description: 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.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2017-09-28

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BEAR MOUNTAIN BRIDGE--- BRIDGES OVER THE HUDSON

Posted on: May 7th, 2017
 
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Title: BEAR MOUNTAIN BRIDGE— BRIDGES OVER THE HUDSON
Location: Yorktown Hart Library, 1130 Main St. Shrub Oak
Description: By Henry J. Stanton, a member of the board of the New York Bridge Authority and a 40 year veteran of New York State and local transportation agencies. When the Bear Mountain Bridge opened in 1924 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, the first large bridge built to carry automobiles and the first to rely on auto tolls to pay for its construction. It opened the floodgates to an era of American bridge construction. The presentation takes a look at the history of the Bear Mountain Bridge, the historical significance of the site it occupies and the other unique crossings that followed creating the society and prosperity of the modern Hudson Valley.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2017-06-15

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HORACE GREELEY AND FAMILY

Posted on: March 7th, 2017
 
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Title: HORACE GREELEY AND FAMILY
Location: Yorktown Community Center (Nutrition Rm.), Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Description: By Gray Williams, New Castle Town Historian and a Trustee of New Castle and Westchester County Historical Societies. Horace Greeley, the editor of one of the foremost newspapers, the New York Tribune, bought property in Chappaqua in 1852. He moved into a larger house later which is now the museum and headquarters of the New Castle Historical Society. Greeley ran for U.S. President against Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. Nationally, Greeley was a famous journalist and political leader. In New Castle, he and his family made lasting and significant contributions. Join us for an interesting presentation about a Westchester individual important in our history.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2017-04-20

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Hunterbrook Rock Shelter

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017
 
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Title: Hunterbrook Rock Shelter
Location: Peter Pratts Resturant
Description: The Hunterbrook Rockshelter is a prehistoric site in our backyard which illuminates the science of archaeology and the deep past in the Lower Hudson Valley.

In 1976 Roberta Wingerson of MALFA (Museum and Laboratory For Archaeology) excavated a small cave of glacially tumbled boulders in Yorktown, not far from the Croton Dam. Her discoveries shed light on stone tool types as an indicator of culture and age, the local landscape of thousands years ago and the importance of small scale explorations by trained avocational archaeologists.

John Phillips is the Naturalist at Croton Point Park Nature Center and President of the Louis A. Brennan Lower Hudson Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association.

Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2017-05-16

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MILDRED E. STRANG AND HER IMPACT ON LOCAL SCHOOLS

Posted on: March 1st, 2017
 
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Title: MILDRED E. STRANG AND HER IMPACT ON LOCAL SCHOOLS
Location: Yorktown Hart Library, 1130 Main St. Shrub Oak
Description: By Mary Anne Ruvo, team leader of Yorktown Historic House Tours and active in the community . Who was Mildred E. Strang? She was born and raised in Yorktown and dedicated her life as a teacher, educator, and administrator and leader here for 39 years. She started her career in 1928 with 500 students and retired in 1969 with an enrollment of over 5000 students with six new schools built during that time. The district went from a small town agricultural community in 1930 to the population explosion in the 1960’s. Ms. Strang’s influence was ever present. She was a phenomenal woman and referred to as “a leader among her peers”. Hear about her lasting impact on the community and its schools.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2017-03-16

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THIRTY YEARS NOT A SLAVE

Posted on: January 10th, 2017
 
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Title: THIRTY YEARS NOT A SLAVE
Location: Yorktown Hart Library, 1130 Main St. Shrub Oak
Description: 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.
Start Time: 21:30
Date: 02-16-2017

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THE STORY OF THE NIMHAMS

Posted on: December 4th, 2016
 
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Chief Nimham was a key player in the 1700s. He contested the Phillipse's deed to the Phillipsburg Manor, led a group with Roger's Rangers during the French and Indian War and traveled to England to argue against some of the land grants. His son was a captain of a company with the Continental Army. 

On August 31, 1778, the Nimhams and fifty of their fellow Wappingers were surrounded then killed by Loyalist, British Dragoons and Hessian Soldiers under the command of Lt. Colonel Simcoe, the villain of TV's "Turn" series, in the Battle of Kingsbridge Cortlandt Ridge in what is now Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. 

"The Story of the Nimhams" will be presented by Alfred (Stone-Heart) and Edward (Wolf) Conley.  The brothers are descendants of Chief Daniel Nimham and are members of the Schanghticoke First Nation.  November is Native American month.  

 

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The Chain That Saved the Colonies

Posted on: September 25th, 2016
 
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Title: The Chain That Saved Colonies

Description: To stop the British invasion of the New England colonies during the American Revolution, Peter Townsend manufactured a Great Chain for the Continental Army at Sterling Forest. It was placed across the Hudson River at West Point. Join Doc Bayne for an eye-opening lecture & PowerPoint presentation on this historic event.
 

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