Historic

Ground Breaking Set This Month for Old Dutch

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by Robert Kimmel With the fundraising effort for improving accessibility to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow having reached over $250,00, well on its way toward its $350,000 goal, ground breaking for the construction project will be held Wednesday, March 15. The church, built 332 years ago, saw subsequent changes over the years in the road level at its ... Read More »

John André: The Spy Who Loved Us

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by Charlene Weigel On a chilly Saturday, The Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow was alive with visitors in search of a dead man. Not just any man. He had to have charm and wit, but be honest to the core. Cultured. Handsome. Schooled in the arts. Massively charismatic. Perhaps a bit full of himself, but with good reason. ... Read More »

Warner Oral History: Long Live the Nonprofits of 10591

by Krista Madsen While we are a vital part of a growing biotech belt in Westchester County, 10591 seems to thrive on the strength and number of its historic nonprofits. A group of local leaders met recently at the Warner Library for a Meet-the-Nonprofit-themed oral history session. Their passion and knowledge certainly speaks to their organizations’ successes and impacts. Clare ... Read More »

Celebrating a 107th birthday, Gunter Lorenz Stays Active

by Robert Kimmel Gunter Lorenz has the best attendance record at the weekly meetings of the Men’s Club at the Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson. At the age of 107, that is no small achievement. Adding to that accomplishment are the lectures he has given over the years to his fellow members at the JCC. During a lively ... Read More »

The Woman Who Inspired the Memorial at AME Zion Church

by Charlene Weigel Foster Memorial AME Zion Church is an airy space with a vaulted ceiling, polished wooden pews and arched stained-glass windows. A small, framed photograph of a woman sits in the vestibule. She meets the camera with a direct gaze. Light brightens one eye; shadows obscure the other. Her halo of curls is silvered by age. Her lips, ... Read More »

Old Dutch Church Challenges Rental Fee from NY State

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by Robert Kimmel The year 2016 passed as most other years for the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow – with one exception. It got an annual “rental” fee bill. The invoice, for $1,700, was from the New York State Department of Transportation for the use of property located between the church’s entrance and Route 9.  Most unusual was that ... Read More »

A Bit of Old Rome on the Hudson Unearthed at Greystone

by Barrett Seaman  Saturninus, the freed slave who rose to be a senior tax collector for the Roman Emperor Claudius, would surely have been surprised at the ride his tombstone took after his passing in the mid-first century AD. Commissioned as the receptacle for his ashes by his wife Flavia, the monument—or “cippus”—was impressive enough to eventually earn a spot ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Small Businesses Make a Village

(Back Row L-R:) Linda Rey, Angel Rafter, Nancy Coffey; (Front Row L-R:) John Millar, Jessica Mejias, Roger Bank, Harris Bank. 
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by Krista Madsen The eclectic group of small business owners circling the table at the latest Warner Library Oral History session reflected the richness of our mom-and-pop landscape – how essential these enterprises are to our local lifestyle, how much they’ve changed through the decades, or in some cases, how they’ve helped maintain the traditions residents cherish. Nancy Coffey, director ... Read More »

The Old Dutch Church Accessibility Project: A Much Needed Fund-Raising Opportunity

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“The Old Dutch Church is a community treasure,” noted the Reverend Jeffrey Gargano, Pastor of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. “Built by Frederick Philipse in 1685 for himself and his tenant farmers, many of whom were enslaved Africans, people have come from all over the world to visit it, thanks to Washington Irving.” But, not every visitor has been ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Volunteering in Tarrytown

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by Krista Madsen “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi Toiling behind the scenes, with little acknowledgement and no pay, it is the volunteers who really seem to provide the special sauce to this community. A room of five extreme volunteers, who have dedicated countless hours to service, somehow found ... Read More »