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Exciting Upcoming Local History Presentations

by Vincent Bonacci on 2019-10-03T16:32:00-04:00 in Local History, Adults | Comments

Over the course of the last few years my colleague, Nancy Larrabee and I have worked hard (and have had a blast doing so, to be honest!) putting together some exciting, entertaining and educational local history programs. For example, just a couple weeks ago, Mike Virgintino gave us a very thorough and enticing presentation on Freedomland, a long ago forgotten amusement park located in the Bronx during the early 1960’s. In fact those who attended Mr. Virgintino’s presentation were so entranced that the Library staff had a hard time getting people to leave that night. By the way, if you missed the program or would like to see it again, do not hesitate to let Nancy or myself know. Mr. Virgintino has graciously offered to come in and do an encore of his presentation in the future. 

I am excited for our library patrons because over the next few months we will be offering some unique programs as part of our popular Local History Series. I believe each one of these programs will offer something different to everyone. So mark your calendar and join us as we continue to explore Local History together here at the Greenburgh Public Library.  

On Wednesday October 16th we will be participating in the community wide 200th Anniversary Celebration of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with a unique book discussion group run by a knowledgeable facilitator from “The Legend Bicentennial Committee.”   Please note that the book discussion group will be limited to 20 participants.  We have a limited number of copies of the short story available at the Circulation Desk for patrons to check out.  To download and read the “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” click here. For more information and to register please email the following address: legendaryread@headlesshorseman.org

In November, Patrick Raftery, published author and Librarian at the Westchester Historical Society will be returning to the Library to do a talk about African American Burial Grounds here in Westchester County. The Greenburgh Public Library is honored to be co-sponsoring this event with the Greenburgh African American Historical Alliance. Join us on November 20th as Mr. Raftery gives us a fascinating talk about this important subject.  

On Wednesday, December 18th, Dana White, the Ossining Village Historian and on the board of the soon to be opened Sing-Sing Prison Museum will take us on a tour “Up The River” inside of one of the most infamous prisons in the world. Ms. White will give us some unique insight into what it was actually like to be inside the walls of Sing-Sing. While Nancy and I were doing some research on Sing-Sing, she found a fascinating article about an exhibition game between the inmates of the prison and the New York Yankees (with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig) in September 1929.  The Article gives us a unique perspective on the conditions inside the walls of Sing-Sing. Ms. White will be able to give us a unique perspective on this and other visits to the facility.

We will ring in 2020, on January 15th with Hartsdale’s own Susan Seal who will talk about the Odell/Rochambeau House up on Ridge Road in Hartsdale. Her committee has worked tirelessly to get a grant to repair and restore this truly under appreciated treasure of American History. Ms.Seal will go into details on this history of the Odell/Rochambeau House and the role it played in the American Revolution.  She will also update us on the plans to repair and restore the house.  

All of our Local History Series presentations start at 7:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room located on the first floor of  the Greenburgh Public Library (Except the Book Discussion coming up on October 16th, which will be held in the Local History Room).  Please check the event calendar for future programs, get on the Library’s email list, or contact Nancy or myself at gpllocalhistory@gmail.com.  If you have an idea for a program or just want to come in and browse our local history collection or talk about local history email us at the above address.


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