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PICTURES FROM  2019:

                                                              Van Cortlandtville Historical Society leaders display one of the new National Park Service markers that identify Old Saint Peter’s Church and other sites along the national historic trail. From left are Director Lindsey Wood, Past President Jeff Canning and Treasurer Anne de Neuville. Photo by Lucie Poirier

THANKS FOR VISITING 

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 (BLACKSMITH, BARBECUE AND BOUTIQUE)

November (Annual luncheon) December (Holiday 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-. ____________________________    

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297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor 10567

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 February is Black History Month...

This year we honor

the Reverand Absolam Jones:

 

 

 

 

The Reverend Absalom Jones, 1746-1818

 

This famous image of Jones was rendered by Philadelphia artist Raphaelle Peale in 1810.

Absalom Jones was America’s first black priest. Born into slavery in Delaware at a time when slavery was being debated as immoral and undemocratic, he taught himself to read, using the New Testament as one of his resources. At the age of 16, Jones’ mother, sister, and five brothers were sold, but he was brought to Philadelphia by his master, where he attended a night school for African-Americans operated by Quakers. Upon his manumission in 1784, he served as lay minister for the black membership at St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church with his friend, Richard Allen, and together they established the Free African Society to aid in the emancipation of slaves and to offer sustenance and spiritual support to widows, orphans, and the poor.

The active evangelism of Jones and Allen greatly increased black membership at St. George’s. Alarmed by the rise in black attendance, in 1791 the vestry decided to segregate African Americans into an upstairs gallery without notice. When ushers attempted to remove the black congregants, the resentful group exited the church.

In 1792 Jones and Allen, with the assistance of local Quakers and Episcopalians, established the “First African Church” in Philadelphia. Shortly after the establishment that same year, the African Church applied to join the Protestant Episcopal Church, laying before the diocese three requirements: the Church must be received as an already organized body; it must have control over its own affairs; and Jones must be licensed as lay-reader and if qualified, ordained as its minister.

Upon acceptance into the Diocese of Pennsylvania, the church was renamed the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas. The following year Jones became a deacon but was not ordained a priest until 1802, seven years later. At 56 years old, he became the first black American priest. He continued to be a leader in his community, founding a day school (as African Americans were excluded from attending public school), the Female Benevolent Society, and an African Friendly Society. In 1800 he called upon Congress to abolish the slave trade and to provide for gradual emancipation of existing slaves. Jones died in 1818. [Sources]

 

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MARCH 16, 2024 AT 2:00 PM

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                Important news:
Good afternoon, everyone,
As some of you already know, our Society will resume our signature Early School Days program. The Lakeland schools are most enthusaastic about sending their fourth-grade classes to the Schoolhouse, where we will give them a morning or afternoon taste of education 1800s-style. The attached article includes details about activities during the 2011 season.
To make the program succeed, we need volunteer schoolmarms and schoolmasters, who clad in period dress, (supplied by the VCHS) will welcome the youngsters and lead them through classroom and other activities. You do not have to be a history expert to do this (we will provide background information and a framework for the session); you just need to like kids and have a desire to share our school heritage with the next generation. Classroom teaching experience is a plus but not essential.
A preliminary meeting will be held at the
Schoolhouse at 2 pm Tuesday, February 6. If this soundss like something you might enjoy please join us and see what it's about - and bring a friend (Society membership is not required).
Please let Dan or me know if you plan to attend. Refreshments will be served. Thanks and see you there!
Jeff Canning,
Past President

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