Virtual Programs – Fall 2021

Virtual Programs – Fall 2021

Carnegie Libraries of Westcheste 
Sunday, September 26, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

By 1917 the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie led to the construction of nearly half of America’s 3,500 public libraries. Five of these were located in Westchester County: Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Ossining, White Plains and Yonkers. Each municipality that accepted the $10,000 – $50,000 gift experienced a unique process. Many others chose not to apply, for a variety of reasons. Today, Mount Vernon Public Library is the only Carnegie library in Westchester that is still housed in its original building, although the New Rochelle building still stands and is a local landmark. WCHS Trustee Jan Kelsey, who authored an article about the Carnegie Libraries in the winter 2021 issue of The Westchester Historian, shares the fascinating story in a digital slide presentation.
Register here for the free zoom presentation

Postcard of Mount Vernon Public Library
Mount Vernon Public Library

Beechwoods Cemetery Walking Tour
Saturday, October 30, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
(Rain date: Saturday, November 6th)

Beechwoods Cemetery
Beechwoods Cemetery

One of the first African-American concert sopranos, an Olympic gold medalist, a founder o Gestalt therapy, a woman victimized by an American president, a leading cartoonist…these are just a few New Rochelle notables whose final resting place is Beechwoods Cemetery. You’ll hear their stories – and many others on this free 90 minute walking tour of the cemetery, which was established in 1854. Your tour guides will be Patrick Raftery, WCHS Librarian and author of The Cemeteries of Westchester County, and Barbara Davis, WCHS Co-Director and New Rochelle City Historian.

Registration is limited:
email barbara@westchesterhistory.com or call (914) 231-1437


Westchester’s Holiday Image-Makers: From Washington Irving to Norman Rockwell
Thursday, December 9, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A black and white picture of Sunnyside at Christmas
Sunnyside at Christmas

Although the American celebration of Christmas blends traditions rooted in ancient times and Euro-Asian lands, it is a relatively new holiday. Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870. The American Christmas as we now know it evolved during the 19th and early 20th century, largely due to works of authors, artists and songwriters – the majority of whom had distinct ties to Westchester County. In this digital slide presentation, WCHS Co-Director and New Rochelle City Historian Barbara Davis traces the traditions, introducing the Westchester holiday “image makers” and their impact on the holiday observances. A sampler of celebrations at Westchester’s historic sites will also be highlighted.
Register here for the free zoom presentation

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