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Irvington Historical Society Celebrates the Village’s Elder Citizens

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October 27, 2020

A documentary honoring 11 “Legacies” of Irvington’s past was the centerpiece of this year’s Irvington Historical Society (IHS) annual fundraising event, presented (as most things are these days) on-line. The October 18th Zoom event, subscribed to by some 130, featured a 40-minute video with photos and the real voices of men and women who recalled the Irvington of the 1940s and ‘50s they remembered as they came of age.

The video was based on interviews of 11 of the 23 selected “Legacies” conducted by IHS board members in 2019 and 2020. Excerpts from the interviews, accompanied by photo portraits of each taken by board member Edna Kornberg, will be published in a book later this year. Documentarist Nader Sadre, also an Irvington resident, supplemented the book’s content with photos of the interviewees taken when they were growing up in the village. The result is a charming, nostalgic look back—not only at Irvington but at life in all of the Hudson River villages.

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In 2019, the first dozen Legacies were feted at a gala luncheon at the Ardsley Country Club, where each spoke and expanded on their memories. No such public event was possible for the second group—hence the video.

The Legacy concept was brought to the society’s board by its current president, Veronica Gedrich, who was inspired by a similar project in Truro, Massachusetts. The team effort in Irvington was managed by IHS’s outgoing president, Patricia Ryan.

To see the Legacy video in its entirety, go to: https://www.irvingtonhistoricalsociety.org/video-presentations and enjoy the trip back in time.


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