Van Cortlandtville Historical Society - Where History Comes Alive
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                            We are located in the
                      LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE
                                         297 Locust Avenue
                                Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567   
     Regular 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 (Christmas Party)             
      
            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 PROGRAMS WILL BEGIN ON   SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 
 


                                      Lincoln’s Secret Visit to West Point
                            Topic of Talk on Saturday, April 18
                              At Van Cortlandtville Historical Society


Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s tragic death, historian Anthony Czarnecki will present a program entitled President Lincoln’s Secret Visit to West Point  on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse,  297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York.  Sponsored by the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, the event is open free to the public.
         In a PowerPoint presentation of words and pictures, Mr. Czarnecki  will illustrate how new and original research has revealed why President Lincoln made a clandestine trip to the U.S. Military Academy in the middle of the Civil War in June 1862.  He will explain what Lincoln did during his three-day stay in the Hudson River Valley, and how history changed as a result of the President’s secret visit to West Point.  “It was his longest journey away from the White House and his only trip to New York State during his entire Presidency,” Mr. Czarnecki  points out.   Lincoln stopped in Peekskill before he was President on his way to Washington and his Inauguration.  
           Mr. Czarnecki is the author of Mr. Lincoln’s Visit to Peekskill, which was published in Westchester Historian Magazine (Winter 2011 edition); and the article  Lincoln’s SecretVisit to West Point, which was published in The New York History Journal  (Winter 2012 issue) and on which his talk is based.  The latter
article received acclaim from Lincoln scholars and a Pulitzer Prize winner.                                                                                                   
                Harold Holzer, Lincoln scholar and vice president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art said of Mr. Czarnecki’s published work:  “Superb journal article…It is a wonderful and much-needed addition to the literature of Lincoln and the Civil War and you’ve gone where no other historian has ventured—and brilliantly.”   Dr. Eric Foner, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History, said: “To be honest, I knew nothing of Lincoln’s visit to West Point, so I read the piece with great interest and learned a lot from it.  You do an excellent job not only of reconstructing the trip, but in introducing us to the military academy…and other sites, as well as the individuals Lincoln encountered.  Congratulations on managing to add something to the Lincoln literature---not an easy task.”
        His latest research project---Rev. William Mounteney: Westchester County’s First ProbationOfficer---will be published in Westchester Historian Magazine this Spring.
        A member of the Society of Civil War Historians and a three-term member of the Board of Trustees of the Westchester County Historical Society,  Mr. Czarnecki is Past President of The Lincoln Society of Peekskill.  Founded in 1903, the Society is one of the oldest Lincoln groups in the United States.
       Recently retired as Chief of Staff in the Westchester County Department of Correction,  Mr. Czarnecki  is now President of The Chartwell Group, a criminal justice consulting firm.  He is a past president of the New York State Probation Officers Association and the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association. He now serves on the adjunct faculty of both Iona College and Westchester Community College (SUNY).  A graduate of Iona College, he earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and he also holds a graduate degree in Public Administration from Pace University.
       Mr. Czarnecki and his wife, Lorraine, have made their home in Cortlandt Manor for more than 35  years. They have two adult children.



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