After what seemed like a never ending winter, the Historical Society bustled with activity this spring. We were given boxes and boxes of documents and records from the early 1900's when the Village cleaned out its vaults. Volunteers are busy (and will continue to be for a few more months) inventorying, cleaning, cataloguing and archiving all these old records.
The tech committee redesigned our website (still a work in progress), to communicate more effectively with you.
The program committee teamed up with the Garden Club of Irvington to host Sara Cedar Miller, historian and photographer for the Central Park Conservancy, who presented Documenting the Park’s 25 year Renaissance. Society members had a rare opportunity to tour James Hamilton’s mansion at Nevis. Our host Dr. Seligman, a particle physicist at Nevis, gave a fascinating talk on the history of the mansion as well as a chronicle of Columbia University’s particle and nuclear research laboratory housed at the estate. The Society also sponsored our sixth annual Peter K. Oley Tomorrow’s Historian Research Symposium at Irvington High School. Students presented a synopsis of their exceptional historical research and answered questions.
The Historical Society also participated in the Historical District Celebration Day on June 14th. We set up a photo exhibit of the district’s early days at the Historical Center along with vintage fashions to try on. Society volunteers gave Main Street walking tours
and served as guides on Sunnyside Federal’s Trolley Tour. The whole village had a fun day celebrating its history. Looking ahead, our current exhibit, A View from Backstage, will close at the end of July to make way for our new exhibit, Irvington Unfolds: A Village History in Maps, which opens in September.
We have also planned some great fall and winter programs for you. In October, Stephen Case will talk about his new book, Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman behind Benedict Arnold’s Plot to Betray America and Russell Shorto will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting in November .
Lastly, stroll through our beautiful new downtown Historic District (free maps available at the Historical Society) and take a few pictures for our photo contest!