Spirits of '76: Washington Irving and The Ghosts of the Revolutionary War

12feb2:00 pm3:30 pmSpirits of '76: Washington Irving and The Ghosts of the Revolutionary War

Event Details

How did the region around Tarrytown become associated in the American calendar with Halloween and not with Independence Day?  While everyone knows that the  Headless Horseman haunts Sleepy Hollow, it was the real-life events from the Revolutionary War that provided the historical context for Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, published in 1820.  In this presentation, Dr. Erik Weiselberg traces the origins and the evolution of Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from historically-inspired fiction into a ghost story masquerading as pre-modern folklore, with particular attention to local people and places in Tarrytown, Irvington and Sleepy Hollow.

Because this presentation will be by Zoom Webinar, pre-registration is required. You may register HERE.

The Zoom Webinar link will be sent to all registrants three or four days before the event.

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm