Van Cortlandtville Historical Society - Where History Comes Alive
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THE VAN CORTLANDTVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
          We hope you will find out Web site interesting and informative. We update our site monthly with new information.
     We are located in the LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE
           297 Locust Avenue,  Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567   
  Regular Business meetings, followed by a program, are held on the third Saturday of each month beginning at 2 p.m. 
                    (except as noted)  ..... July (Picnic)
    November (Annual luncheon)   December (Holiday Party)    
         
    THE VAN CORTLANDTVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY      CELEBRATING  " 96 "  YEARS OF HISTORY IN 2017

     SEE EVENT SECTION
FOR UPCOMING PROGRAMS

              Historic Little Red Schoolhouse  
The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society will host an Open House the first Sunday of each month from April to November... from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York.  The event is open free to the public. Visitors will be given a guided tour of the 19-century one-room schoolhouse, which until the mid-1970s was still functioning as part of the Lakeland Central School District.  The schoolroom and adjoining meeting room of the Society has books, photographs and classroom items dating back to that early era.   Light refreshments will be available. The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at the north end of Locust Avenue next to Old Saint Peter’s Church and cemetery, just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt.  For more information:  Visit our website at www.vancort.net; or,
call (914) 736-7868-.    ____________________________      

         OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE    
 FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 2-4 PM

COME JOIN US FOR THE FIRST OPEN HOUSE OF 2017
SUNDAY, MAY 7, FROM 2-4:00 PM

 The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society hosts an open house free to the public from 2 to 4 p.m., the first Sunday of the month, from April to October, at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor.  Visitors will be given a guided tour of the 19th-century one-room schoolhouse, which until the mid-1970s was still functioning as part of the Lakeland Schools. The schoolroom and adjoining meeting room, where the Society runs monthly speaker programs, has various history-related books, vintage photographs, and classroom items dating back to that early era.  Light refreshments will be served.  The Schoolhouse is located at the north end of Locust Avenue, next to Historic Old Saint Peter's Church and cemetery, on the hill just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt. 
For more information, visit: www.vancort.net; or call (914) 736-7868.
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       OUR DESIGNER PURSE BINGO HELD 4/22/17
                                       
                      WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!
          THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
                AFTER EXPENSES WE NETTED
                $1000 FOR THE VCHS AND
         $1000 FOR OLD ST. PETER'S CHURCH
       
         VCHS PRESIDENT, DAN BAILEY, CHECKING THE FOOD
               ( SEE MORE PHOTOS OF BINGO IN THE GALLERY )

                  








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WE NEEDED A LARGER VENUE FOR THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM:NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND LOCATION.

  CORTLANDT MANOR, NY, TOWN HALL
LOCATED AT 1 HEADY STREET, OFF OF OREGON ROAD, CORTLANDT MANOR, NY
  SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 AT 2:00 PM

GROWING UP KENNEDY
IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY:
The Bronxville Years: 1929-1941

PRESENTED BY
ANTHONY J. CZARNECKI
 

     
Kennedy Family in the living room of their home
at 294 Pondfield Road in Bronxville, NY (1937)
 
          Joseph and Rose Kennedy moved their large family to the suburbs of New York City in 1929 just before the stock market crash. They remained in Westchester County for 12 years while their nine children transitioned from childhood to adulthood. In her memoirs, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy would describe those years as a “golden interval” in the life of her family. This year, as we mark the centennial of the birth of our 35 President, Anthony J. Czarnecki, a long-serving member of the Board of Trustees of the Westchester County Historical Society, reveals in new research – soon to be published in WESTCHESTER HISTORIAN MAGAZINE - the untold story of “growing up Kennedy” in Westchester County.
 
          Using newly-discovered materials in local archives, family documents in the JFK Presidential Library, and newly-published memoirs, Mr. Czarnecki has developed a PowerPoint presentation that
tells both heartwarming and entertaining stories about the nine Kennedy children during the “Bronxville Years” that stretch from the stock market crash of 1929 to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. In Bronxville, Jack Kennedy joined the local Boy Scout troop, partied at the local country club, and prepared his senior thesis at Harvard for publication as WHY ENGLAND SLEPT, which became a national best-seller.
 
          The 20-room Kennedy mansion on six acres of property in Bronxville, NY provided a family-centered educational, religious, and recreational training experience during the formative years of the Kennedy children - before their father became famous as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain and their brother became famous as our 35 President.
 
          The “JFK Centennial Year” is a perfect milestone event for Americans to explore the significant connection that uniquely links Westchester County to the life and legacy of the 35 President of the United States.
 
        John F. Kennedy Centennial: 1917-2017
 



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