Van Cortlandtville Historical Society - Where History Comes Alive

 The Van Cortlandtville
Historical Society
Be sure to be a part of another exciting year of exceptional guest speakers and additional surprises and special events.      
The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society will host an OPEN HOUSE ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York. 
                                          This 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; or, call (914) 736-7868.

General Meeting at 2:00 pm

 Virginia “Gigi” Carnes of the Westchester County Department of Parks will explain in an exciting PowerPoint program.
     Fact or Folklore?
                  Urban Myths or Actual Happenings? 
Throughout some of Westchester County’s 50 parks, unrecognized sounds and footsteps have been heard and objects have mysteriously moved by themselves. These unsolved “ghostly, eerie and spooky”
occurrences will be brought to light by Curator Gigi Carnes. The “happenings” in parks, such as Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Muscoot Farm, Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, Lasdon Estate in Somers and other sites, are based on urban myths, folklore, actual happenings and personal experiences.                                  
            It’s your choice to believe them ...or not!
                            Free and open to the public
    Halloween themed refreshments will be served
Van Cortlandtville Historical Society Inc. Annual Luncheon Meeting and Election The annual luncheon meeting and election of the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society Inc. will be held Friday, November 17, 2017, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant, 5714 Albany Post Road, Cortlandt (by the old rock cut). Please consider bringing a guest; this is a great opportunity to share all the wonderful things our Society has done and continues to do. This flier is the official notification about this event; there will not be a separate mailing. Patrick Raftery (right), librarian of the Westchester County Historical Society, will present Touring Westchester: Historic Treasures in Our Own Backyard, a program about sites on the National Register of Historic Places in the county that are regularly open to the public. He received a B.A. degree in history from Concordia College in Bronxville in 2005 and became the library assistant at the Historical Society the following year. After receiving his Master’s in library and information science from the Palmer School at Long Island University in 2007, he was promoted to assistant librarian. He became the WCHS librarian in March 2011. Three months later the Society published his first book, The Cemeteries of Westchester County, a three-volume work with more than 1,000 photos that provides information on each of Westchester’s burial places. The Society published his second book, The Cemeteries of The Bronx, in 2016. He was president of the Mount Pleasant Historical Society from 2012 to 2016. He presented a program to our Society in June 2012, Who’s Buried Where? Plotting the Rich History of Old Cemeteries in Cortlandt and Westchester. 

Our lunch service in the banquet room will consist of soup, salad, rolls and butter, with a main course selection of prime rib, chicken marsala or stuffed sole, plus potatoes and vegetables, followed by coffee, tea and dessert. The total price per person, including tax and gratuity, is only $30. Reservations must be made in advance. Please fill out the form below and return it, no later than November 10, with your check, payable to Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567-1308. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

Name(s) _____________________ _______________

Main course: ___Prime rib ___Chicken ___Sole

 Price, including tax and gratuity: $30 per person

 Amount enclosed $_______

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