Virtual Programs – Summer 2021

Virtual Programs – Summer 2021

Kensico Cemetery Walking Tour:  The Ossipee Loop Tour (Half Mile) 
Thursday, July 1, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Map of Kensico Cemetery
Map of Kensico Cemetery

Highlights include a baseball legend and his boss; two inventors; a movie theatre mogul; a World’s Fair mystery; a controversial circus connection, a scandalous scofflaw, a Sentimental Gentleman, a Broadway angel, and one good witch. The tour also points out several one-of-a-kind mausoleums and statuary that contribute to Kensico’s unique landscape including the largest mausoleum at Kensico and two bronze sculptures by a renowned artist.

Tour Guides: Patrick Raftery, WCHS Librarian and Judith C. Mitchell, Public Relations Consultant, Kensico Cemetery. Free Admission. Tour Limited to 25. Reservations Required: Please contact Judy Mitchell

A Summer Excursion to “The World’s Pleasure Grounds” – John Starin’s Glen Island Resort
Thursday, July 8, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a virtual trip back in time to visit the fabulous pre-Disney amusement park that was located off New Rochelle’s Sound shores. John Starin’s Glen Island Resort was one of the county’s most popular steamboat destinations, entertaining a half a million visitors in its second year, 1881. The resort’s unique and wonderful amenities, architecture and innovations are detailed in this richly-illustrated slideshow, which includes its rise, demise and subsequent resurrection as “home of the Big Band Sound” and County park.
Register here for the free zoom presentation

Postcard of Glen Island
Postcard of Glen Island

Meet Clio, The History App: Using Today’s Technology to Promote Your Community’s Past 
Tuesday, July 20, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Union Hall, North Salem
Union Hall, North Salem

WCHS invites historians, representatives of historical societies and historic sites to join us in celebrating Westchester’s history through today’s popular technology. In this 60-minute workshop, we’ll demonstrate Clio, an educational website and mobile application (app) that guides the public to thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States. With a tap of a finger, this app allows viewers around the world to access a concise summary and useful information about a historical site, museum, monument, landmark, or other site of cultural or historical significance – for free. We’re here to help you get started!

The Westchester County Historical Society Clio Project has been funded in part by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the Scarsdale Historical Society and the Westchester Community Foundation.

(An encore presentation) Register here for the free zoom presentation

Historic Preservation in Westchester
Thursday, August 12, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow
Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow

The economic, civic and ecological benefits of historic preservation are well documented. Yet, important and often beloved structures and landscapes – physical representations of Westchester’s story, continue to be lost throughout the county. How can your community ensure its character and identity, its history? This program will provide a general overview of historic designation on the federal, state and local levels.
(An encore presentation) Register here for the free zoom presentation

How to Research Your Westchester House Workshop
Tuesday, August 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Hammond House, Valhalla
Hammond House, Valhalla

Whether it has origins in the 18th or a mid-century dazzler, your house has its own unique history. When was it built and who designed it? Who lived here and what did they do?  What is original and what was added on?   The answers may be revealed with a bit of sleuthing and local resources. This workshop will walk you through the steps.
(An encore presentation) Register here for the free zoom presentation  

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