Van Cortlandtville Historical Society - Where History Comes Alive
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THE VAN CORTLANDTVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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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)             
      THE VAN CORTLANDTVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY       CELEBRATING " 95 "  YEARS OF HISTORY IN 2016
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            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
 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.


                                     
          Sunday, September 4, 2-4 p.m., open house
                      Saturday, September 17, 2 p.m.,
       General membership meeting Program:  
        Finding  Einstein's Sailboat   

By David Allen, Humanities  Professor at SUNY Maritime College     

Sailing was a passion for Albert Einstein. He learned to sail on Lake Zurich in Switzerland in 1896, when he was 18, and continued sailing for over 50 years. One of his favorite boats was a beat-up 15 footer called "Tinef"-meaning worthless or junk. He never strayed too far from the shore and didn't race. He just enjoyed being on the water and cruising, spending many summers sailing on Saranac Lake, sometime with a Russion Spy.
           





 An intriguing and informative PowerPoint picture program depicting how maritime history students overcame the problems encountered in their research and discovery of some of the Hudson Valley’s “Lost Treasures.”One of their most astonishing finds was Albert Einstein’s own little sailboat. Where did these SUNY Maritime College students and their teacher find the boat?  And, who was the renowned physicist’s ravishing Russian sailing companion? 
    Did the brilliant Einstein know that she was a spy? Listen and learn more about the research and revelations of Professor David B. Allen and his college-level students in their search for some of our region’s “misplaced” historic artifacts that have “disappeared” through neglect or ignorance of their real historic significance.  Come and see what they have discovered!  David B. Allen of Verplanck teaches history and research methods, with a concentration in American Maritime History, within the Humanities Department at State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College in the Throggs Neck section of The Bronx.   In addition, he is the assistant collections manager and an active member of the Board of the Maritime Industry Museum located at historic Fort Schuyler on the campus of the Maritime College.  A longtime history teacher and“hands-on” maritime explorer on the Mississippi and Hudson rivers, he was the Educator aboard the Hudson River sloop Clearwater in 1994 and also the Education Director for the National Maritime Historical Society, based in Peekskill. 

  Saturday,  Sept. 17,  2016      2 p.m.                         Free to Public          Sponsored by The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor                                                                                                                   


 

















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