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Celebrations at the McVickar House

Celebratory festivities abounded at the McVickar House this spring when two of our most treasured members, Harriet Gamper and Joan Lobdell, were feted on the occasion of two very special days in their lives.

Joan Lobdell, a loyal and ardent member and volunteer, was guest of honor at a special luncheon on April 22 in recognition and celebration of her 90th birthday! Joan, always quick to lend a hand, works tirelessly at McVickar every Tuesday performing a myriad of duties in her gentle, pleasant, unassuming and efficient manner. How thankful we are for her presence in our lives and in the life of the Historical Society.

Joan Lobdell
Joan Lobdell enjoying her 90th birthday celebrations at the McVickar House.

On May 10th, Harriet Gamper Day was celebrated at McVickar House marking Harriet’s 100th birthday earlier this year. Surrounded by family and friends, Harriet was toasted with champagne, and presented with flowers and a proclamation from the Irvington Historical Society. As stated in the proclamation, “…when the McVickar House was but a dream as the future home for the Irvington Historical Society, Harriet caught the vision and in her beautiful spirit of generosity, was the first person to offer financial support to help make the dream a reality."

We are truly grateful for her faith in our mission, and we were so pleased and privileged to honor our dear friend and loyal supporter on her centennial birthday.

Harriet Gamper
Andy Lyons proposes a toast to Harriet Gamper accompanied by friend Dori Dailey
Barbara Carrozzi reads a proclamation to Harriet Gamper and her daughter Jo Ann Eder.

To both these extraordinary women, the Irvington Historical Society owes a tremendous debt of gratitude, and it gives us all great pleasure to offer our heartfelt best wishes for the days ahead. May they be filled with joy, health and happiness with blessings in abundance! We love you!

Barbara Kerr Carrozzi