Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs

The History of Croton Point
Sunday, November 13 at 4:00 pm

Croton Point Park
The Vaults at Croton Point, Underhill Estate
The Vaults at Croton Point, Underhill Estate

If you explore Croton Point today you’ll see the “oyster middens” on the northern tip, refuse from the Native Americans who once had a stockaded settlement where the model airplane field is today. You’ll see thousands of discarded bricks along the shoreline and on the south side the boarded-up entrances to vaulted wine cellars. It’s hard to imagine that a major brickmaking operation transformed the landscape of Croton Point or that it was once the location of the first commercial vineyard in New York State. 

In this zoom presentation Marc Cheshire will tell the fascinating story of Croton Point—from the time of the first Native American settlements (dating back 7,000 years) to capping the Westchester County garbage dump. We’ll learn the whispered tales of witches who once guarded Captain Kidd’s buried treasure, how the cannons fired at the British ship Vulture led to the capture of Major John André and the extensive plans by the county to transform Croton Point into Playland West.
Register here for the free zoom presentation


Discovering Your African American Heritage by Building a Family Tree
 
Saturday, January 14 at 2:00 pm

Join Joyce Sharrock Cole, Ossining Village Historian and certified genealogical researcher, in exploring your heritage by starting a family tree. This workshop will focus on African American families, although the on-line and print resources are applicable for all genealogical searches. 

Using her own journey of researching her family lineage, Joyce will demonstrate how she was able to discover her ancestors and piece together a largely unknown history. She will show how the claiming of surnames impacted Black people, and how other ethnic groups that immigrated changed their names to assimilate and escape prejudice. She will give tips on how to navigate this as you do your own family research. Driven by her passion for genealogy and local research, Joyce is an advocate for all people to learn about their family and their community’s past, as it fosters a better understanding of themselves and the community that has shaped them. 

Joyce earned a BS in Organizational Management from Mercy College and certification as a Genealogical Researcher from Boston University. She is a founding member and lead researcher of the Little Bertie County Genealogical Society, which facilitates the Ossining Public Library Genealogy Group, and is a trustee of the Westchester County Historical Society. 

This 90-minute workshop is sponsored by the New Rochelle Public Library and the Westchester County Historical Society. It will be presented in-person in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library and will also be available via Zoom. 
Register here for the free zoom presentation

Joyce Sharrock Cole
Joyce Sharrock Cole

Questions? Please contact Barbara Davis WCHS Co-Director: email or (914) 231-1437