Local Lore & Regional History
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Architectural History Tour of Newburgh
This day-long walking tour will include a visit to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, the Crawford House Museum, and a tour of Newburgh’s many other iconic buildings. Designers such as Downing, Vaux, Olmsted, Withers, and others will be discussed. We will also examine the tragic period of Urban Renewal when many buildings were lost along with the preservation movement that prevented further destruction in the 1960s and 70s. Johanna Porr Yaun, Orange County Historian, instructor, Historic Preservation Certificate. To register for this class, call 914-606-7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CE-HIST 2148PE, Sat., July 10, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, (tuition does not include independent lunch), $50. #6778
Orphan Trains: Largest Migration of Children in U.S. History
Between 1853-1929 over 273,000 children were transported by rail at Grand Central in NYC across America in the largest migration of children in American history. This migration also took place at the same time in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Scholars estimate that the number of children who rode the Orphan Trains numbered between 400,000-600,000. Learn why it happened, who started it and where the children were sent. Tom Riley is the author of five books on the
Orphan Train Era. Books for sale are available on his website: www.tomrileyauthor.com.
CE-HIST 2052, 3 Mon., July 26-Aug. 9, 6:30-8:30 pm, $78. T Riley. #6763
Historic Glen Island Walking Tour
Originally opened in 1880 and operated as a private amusement park, Glen Island has a rich history spanning almost 150 years. This “remote” walking tour will visit the current county park and explore remnants of Glen Island’s storied past as well as the development of New Rochelle and nearby islands in Long Island Sound.
CE-TRVL 2048, 1 Thurs., Oct. 7, 7:00-9:00 pm, $26. C Gioia. #83641
Notorious Westchester County—Investigating True Crime in Westchester through Historic Documents
History, crime, law, and order: True crime has gained a prominent place in popular culture through film adaptations and bestselling novels inspired by real events as well as television programs ranging from Cops to PBS Frontline and the History Channel. This course utilizes the collections of the Westchester County Archives to open a window to the past, exploring a period of extensive economic development and social upheaval in the Hudson Valley during the first quarter of the 20th century.
CE-HIST 2104, T/Th, Oct. 26 & 28, 7:30-9:00 pm, $57. C Gioia. #83642
Haunted History of the Hudson Valley
Be thrilled and excited by fascinating tales of ghosts and haunted houses of the Hudson River Valley region! Learn local ghost stories that you have never heard before. Ghostly legends of interesting local personalities such as Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, and Henry Hudson are included.
CE-LIT 2002, 4 Sat., Oct. 2-23, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $83. L DiMartino. #83925
History of Hudson River Valley-Part 1
Explore the valley’s history, including how the modern local towns developed out of early settlements. Learn the local folklore and historic characters of the region: Benedict Arnold, Sybil Ludington, Major John Andre, and Henry Wells, among others.
CE-HIST 2001, 4 Sat., Oct. 2-23, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $83. L DiMartino. #83927
Walking Tours of the Old Croton Aqueduct
Co-sponsored with The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct. The aqueduct is a 41-mile brick-lined conduit constructed between 1837 and 1842 to bring fresh water from the Croton River to New York City; one of the great engineering achievements of the 19th century! Call Mavis Cain for more information at 914-693-0529.
A Visit Inside the Historic Aqueduct Tunnel
Tour the inside of the historic Aqueduct tunnel and learn its important history. It was built in 1837-1842, providing vital water to New York City in a period where disease, fires and drunkenness were rampant. Your tour will also include an informative talk and movie. Meet at the Caputo Recreation Center in Ossining, 95 Broadway, Ossining (just off Rt. 9) promptly at 11:00 am.
CE-TRVL 2001, 1 Sat., Oct. 23, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, $27. M Cain. #83902
Aqueduct Trail Walk and Visit to Keeper’s House
Walk one of the prettiest sections of the trail from Dobbs Ferry South after a visit to the Keeper’s House museum in Dobbs Ferry, to see history exhibits and short movies by the BBC and Secrets of New York. Meet at the Keeper’s House, 15 Walnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, promptly at 11:00 am. The walk and museum visit takes about two hours.
CE-TRVL 2045, 1 Sat., Oct. 30, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, $27. M Cain. #83904
ERAS OF HISTORY
Orphan Trains: Largest Migration of Children in American History
Discover the orphan train era (1853-1929) which saw the largest migration of children in American history with over 273,000 children transported by rail across America in an effort to find homes for the homeless. Some scholars say over 600,000 children rode the orphan trains. Learn why the orphan train era started after the great hunger in Ireland stranded over 35,000 orphans in New York City.
CE-HIST 2052, 3 Wed., Dec. 1-15, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. T Riley. #84084
The Great Hunger in Ireland and Its American Legacy
Between 1845-1852, the population of Ireland was reduced from 8 million people to less than 5 million due to the Irish Famine. This course examines its causes, and its effects on America. It examines the conquest of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell and his imposition of draconian laws, which contributed to the famine. We will explore the viewpoint of well-known Irish scholars on the Irish Diaspora to Canada, Australia, Europe and America, and the starvation and emigration of millions of people
CE-HIST 2067, 3 Mon., Dec. 6-20, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. T Riley. #84009
From Orphan to Governor
Discover the incredible coincidence of two boys who rode an Orphan Train to Noblesville, Indiana and became Governors of Alaska and North Dakota. One boy was taken in by a farmer at a young age where he worked 7 days a week and after 3 years ran away to join the Civil War as a Drummer Boy. The other boy was picked up by a judge who saw that he went to Yale, and after graduation sought his fortune in Alaska as a missionary, lawyer, and businessman. Both governors were childhood friends and maintained their friendship.
CE-HIST 2145VA, 3 Wed., Oct. 6-20, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. Riley. #83564
The Loyalist Cause: America’s First Civil War
Learn what happened to those who supported the British cause during the American Revolutionary War. The supporters to be discussed include Benedict Arnold, General Cornwallis and others. A must course for those interested in the history of this era!
CE-HIST 2035, 2 Sat., Nov. 13 & 20, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $42. L DiMartino. #83926