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Women’s Suffrage through Local Historical Material

Posted on: January 31st, 2020
 
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Title: Women’s Suffrage through Local Historical Material
Location: Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak, Town of Yorktown, New York
Description: Join us as we celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote for Women’s History Month. Sarah Johnson will localize the fight for women’s suffrage by examining coverage in local newspapers, government records, petitions, and other overlapping Progressive causes. An extraordinary number of women and men from the Hudson Valley region were active participants on both sides of this political struggle and we will examine their contributions in this illustrated talk. We will also have a look at what happened after 1920 as women’s voting rights change the social, cultural, political and legal landscape in our region.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2020-03-19

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RAILS AROUND WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Posted on: November 25th, 2019
 
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Title: RAILS AROUND WESTCHESTER COUNTY
Location: TBA
Description: The county’s first railroad, the New York & Harlem Railroad, developed by a stagecoach maker, arrived in the 1840s. Its arrival accelerated growth and commerce around the county because of the proximity of New York City. Several other railroads sprung up until, at the county’s peak in 1930, there were eight railroads operating. Today three of the originals are still operating. Kent W. Patterson will tell the fascinating story of railroads in Westchester, based on his book Rails Around Westchester County.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2020-05-21

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EARLY IRON INDUSTRY IN HUDSON VALLEY

Posted on: February 25th, 2019
 
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Title: EARLY IRON INDUSTRY IN HUDSON VALLEY
Location: YORKTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER (lower level), 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Description: How much do you know about how iron is made? In early colonial times there were around 50 iron mines in the lower Hudson River valley. The Revolutionary War iron chain across the Hudson was made in Orange County. A large iron mine was near Brewster. What are blast furnaces and bloomery and forges and how were they used. Doc Bayne will provide information on the making of iron from colonial times up to the present.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2019-04-18

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Enoch Crosby, Revolutionary War Spy

Posted on: January 19th, 2019
 
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Title: Enoch Crosby, Revolutionary War Spy
Location: Yorktown Hart Library, 1130 Main St., Shrub Oak
Description: 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 byLibby Baker, a member of the Enoch Crosby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2019-03-21

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LOWER MANHATTAN AFRICAN BURIAL GROUNDS

Posted on: January 19th, 2019
 
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Title: LOWER MANHATTAN AFRICAN BURIAL GROUNDS
Location: Yorktown Hart Library, 1130 Main St., Shrub Oak
Description: 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.

Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2019-02-21

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THE NASTY AFFAIR AT PINES BRIDGE

Posted on: December 20th, 2018
 
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Title: THE NASTY AFFAIR AT PINES BRIDGE
Location: Yorktown Capellini Community Center (Nutrition Rm.), 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Description: Presented by Monica Doherty, past Society President, and Paul Martin III, current Society President. Monica prepared and edited the book, “The Nasty Affair at Pines Bridge”. The full story will be presented of historic events that occurred in what is now Yorktown on May 14, 1781, at Pines Bridge and at the Davenport House that was Headquarters of the First Rhode Island Regiment stationed to protect the crossing. The Pines Bridge was a strategic crossing of the Croton River and the only crossing east of the Hudson River. The Regiment was an integrated unit composed of Black Freemen and Native Americans under the command of Lt. Col. Christopher Greene. The account will review the site, the battle and the casualties which occurred during the attack by British and Loyalist soldiers.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2019-01-17

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BATTLE ON MAY 14, 1781, IN YORKTOWN (THE NASTY AFFAIR AT PINES BRIDGE)

Posted on: October 3rd, 2018
 
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Title: BATTLE ON MAY 14, 1781, IN YORKTOWN (THE NASTY AFFAIR AT PINES BRIDGE)
Location: Yorktown Capellini Community Center (Nutrition Rm.), 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Hts.
Description: Presented by Monica Doherty, past Society President, and Paul Martin III, current Society President. Monica prepared and edited the book, “The Nasty Affair at Pines Bridge”. The full story will be presented of historic events that occurred in what is now Yorktown on May 14, 1781, at Pines Bridge and at the Davenport House that was Headquarters of the First Rhode Island Regiment stationed to protect the crossing. The Pines Bridge was a strategic crossing of the Croton River and the only crossing east of the Hudson River. The Regiment was an integrated unit composed of Black Freemen and Native Americans under the command of Lt. Col. Christopher Greene. The account will review the site, the battle and the casualties which occurred during the attack by British and Loyalist soldiers.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2018-10-15

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Hudson River Lighthouses

Posted on: July 4th, 2018
 
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Title: Hudson River Lighthouses
Location: John C. Hart Memorial Library 1130 Main Street, Shrub Oak, NY
Description: The Hudson River’s first lighthouse was built in 1826 at Stony Point. By the early 1900s, more than a dozen lights guided ships past the river’s islands and shallows.

Kevin Woyce, an author, photographer, and lecturer, specializing in regional American history will take the audience on a tour of the Hudson River’s lighthouses, past and present—from the long-lost lights at Coxsackie and Stuyvesant to New York City’s beloved “Little Red Lighthouse.” He will explain how and why these beacons were built and tell the stories of some of the brave men and women who kept them shining. The program is illustrated with original color photographs of Hudson River lighthouses and landmarks, plus vintage images of historic people, places, and events.

Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2018-09-20

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MANY TRAILS OF STOCKBRIDGE MUNSEE MOHICANS

Posted on: February 3rd, 2018
 
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Title: MANY TRAILS OF STOCKBRIDGE MUNSEE MOHICANS
Location: Yorktown Hart Library, 1130 Main St., Shrub Oak.
Description: By Jeremy Mohawk member of Stockbridge Munsee’s Tribal Council since 2014 and who is passionate about the Tribe’s culture and traditions. He has often returned to the Tribe’s eastern homelands for responsibilities as needed. Traditional territory of the Mohican and Munsee people includes Yorktown. The presentation will include the history of the Tribe from their original homelands along the Mahicannituck, the “waters that are never still”, to the many removals which resulted in the tribe ending up in its reservation today in northern Wisconsin. The traditions and current state of his people today will be covered as the Tribe continues to be active in its Eastern homelands.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2018-03-15

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"Lost Annsville"

Posted on: January 25th, 2018
 
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Title: “Lost Annsville”
Location: Hart Library in Shrub Oak
Description: The tiny hamlet of Annsville was home to some of Peekskill and Cortlandt’s first industries. Its lampblack factory was the antecedent to a crayon dynasty and the blast furnace on the shore of Annsville Creek had its own narrow gauge railroad running to the Croft mines of Putnam. The large wire mill at the base of Lampblack Hill was the area’s largest employer, yet not a trace remains of these vibrant industries and others that were central to the existence of this little hamlet.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2018-02-15

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