Van Cortlandtville Historical Society - Where History Comes Alive

  
96 YEARS AND GOING STRONG
 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 www.vancort.net; or, call (914) 736-7868.
                                                          
OUR LECTURE SERIES CONTINUES WITH GUEST SPEAKERS AND TOPICS OF LOCAL INTEREST......UPCOMING EVENTS:
ALL PROGRAMS BEGIN AT 2:00 PM AFTER A SHORT BUSINESS MEETING....
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    Sorry, the August Boat Ride has been cancelled. Not enough sign ups to make it a go.
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  JOIN US UNDER THE BIG TENT + IN THE OLD CEMETERY 
  COLONIAL  FAIR SATURDAY, SEPT., 9, 2017
                            12 NOON-5:00 PM 
 PRESENTED BY THE VAN CORTLANDTVILLE    HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND OLD ST. PETER’S CHURCH COMMITTEE FOR RESTORATON            
     Located in the Old Cemetery Parking lot on the corner of Locust Ave and Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567. Other activities will be held at Old St. Peter’s Church, and the Little Red Schoolhouse.  Need more information, call 739-6453 or e-mail princessvasilea@verizon.netor call The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society at (914)736-7868. Please check out our website at ww.vancort.net                                         
           ACTIVITIES FOR THE DAY INCLUDE:           
      March with Colonel Joseph Cerreto and the 
  NY 2nd regiment reenactors
Play with colonial toys
   see a colonial cooking demonstration   
      HOT DOGS, SODA AND SNACKS FOR SALE… 
FACE PAINTING
PRIZES AND SURPRIZES
COME DRESSED IN COLONIAL ATTIRE  
watch ham radio operators in action 
meet George Washington in theold church  
    1:30 and 3:30 be a COLONIAL student     ithe little Red Schoolhouse
see a colonial blacksmith and cooper at work 
watch a docent use a loom to make wool into yarn  

        DON'T WORRY ABOUT PARKING !
   FREE TROLLEY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE FROM THE          CORTLANDT TOWN HALL TO THE OLD CEMETERY 
                      FROM 1-4 PM ......

   THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
          BUT DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED     
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            Saturday, September 16, 2017

       2 p.m.    Free and open to the public
                  
    HISTORY OF BANNERMAN'S CASTLE AND ARSENAL
            A TINY JEWEL ON THE HUDSON
 Why did businessman Francis Bannerman VI build an arsenal on Pollepel Island off the eastern shore of the Hudson River near Cold Spring in the early 1900's? What ultimately happened to this impressive fortress of munitions? 
Thom Johnson, a co-founder of The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc., will relate the history and mystery of Bannerman's Island in a Power Point program of vintage photos, art work and current images of the site. He will illustrate the early heritage of the tiny island and expain why the military-minded Bannerman assembled the arsenal there starting in 1901. When did it shut down? And what caused its destruction  by fire in 1969?








A lifetime resident of the Hudson Valley, Mr. Johnson has been researching and then lecturing about the historic island and medieval-like castle for more than 45 years. Co-author of the Arcadia Images of America book--Bannerman Castle---he is a retired arts educator who believes in using historic sites to guide citizens of all ages on how to preserve and re-use these landmarks.


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