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Revolutionary War era activities taking place across Westchester County and beyond.

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FEBRUARY 2020

RW250 ROUNDTABLE Session #2 Facilitated Discussion “Fact and Fiction: The American Revolution In Pop Culture”

Date Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Venue Irvington Public Library (Program Room)
Location 12 South Aster Street, Irvington, NY 10533
Cost Free, but space is limited, register by email to 1776rw250@gmail.com
Contact 914-591-7840
Info Irvington Public Library
Sponsors RW250 and Irvington Public Library
Details Following a short introduction by facilitator Frank Licameli, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and popular speaker, participants will watch some clips of well-known programs and share thoughts on the “fact and fiction” portrayed.   Some participants may choose to re-watch favorite Revolutionary War movies or TV shows such as Turn. We will also share comments on Doris Kearn Goodwin’s Washington the current TV documentary mini-series that includes commentary by Bill Clinton, Colin Powell,  Joseph J. Ellis, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jon Meacham, Alan Taylor and others. 

Francis (Frank) C. Licameli is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, with experience in medical service, logistics, and Special Forces. He is a combat veteran and former instructor at Fordham and West Point. A certified Army Military History instructor, and a graduate of Fordham University and the Army Command and General Staff College, Colonel Licameli recently joined the faculty of George Mason University Army ROTC in Fairfax, Virginia. He regularly presents popular visual history programs on military topics, including the American Revolution, in particular the New York Campaign of 1776. He also conducts “military staff rides” of West Point and the battlefields of Long Island/Brooklyn, Kip’s Bay, Pell’s Point, White Plains, Fort Washington, and Kingsbridge.

MARCH 2020

LECTURE Choosing Sides: The Start of the American Revolution in Southern Westchester

Date Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time 1:00 PM
Venue Bronxville Public Library (Yeager room)
Location 201 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville, NY 10708
Cost Free and open to the public
Contact Marian Moore at Marian190@verizon.net
Sponsor Anne Hutchinson Chapter DAR
Details Presentation by Richard Forliano, Eastchester Town Historian.

PROGRAM Saint Paul’s Church: A Revolution of Her Own! Deborah Sampson

Date Saturday, March 14, 2020
Time 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Venue Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site
Location 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Cost Free
Contact 914-667-4116
Info Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site
Details For information about History At Play click here

LECTURE The Lost History of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment and the Battle of Pines Bridge in Yorktown (Rescheduled)

Date Saturday, March 21, 2020 (Rescheduled)
Time 2:00 PM
Venue
The Little Red Schoolhouse
Location 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Cost Free
Contact 914-736-7868
Sponsor Van Cortlandtville Historical Society
Details Duane Jackson of Buchanan will present an informative program on the life and times, and long history of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, a pioneering military unit consisting of the first African-American soldiers to fight as free men in the Revolutionary War. His presentation will focus on the vital and heroic role the men of the 1st Rhode Island played in the brutal battle at Pines Bridge in Yorktown. He will also tell the story of the regiment’s continued success as the American Revolution progressed on to achieve independence.

UPCOMING 2020

RW250 ROUNDTABLE Session #3: Facilitated Discussion, “Rick Atkinson, The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777”

Date April 2020
Cost Free, but space is limited, register by email to 1776rw250@gmail.com
Contact 914-591-7840
Sponsor RW250
Details Following a short introduction by our facilitator, we will open up a discussion about this book, which is the first in a three-volume history. Visit The Revolution Trilogy. Note that the author will speak in Westchester County on May 15, see listing below. Our discussion will in part focus specifically on the detailed sections about Westchester County.

EVENT Colonial Day at Philipse Manor Hall in Yonkers, NY

Date Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Venue Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Location 29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
Details Coming Soon!

LECTURE Multimedia Presentation about General Israel Putnam

Date Monday, April 13, 2020
Time 7:00 pm
Venue Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library
Location 1 Haseco Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573
Cost TBD
Contact 914-939-6710
Sponsor Port Chester Historical Society and Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library
Details A colorful figure of 18th-century America, Major General Israel Putnam (1718–1790) played a key role in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Will also include Putman’s role in the Battle of White Plains and in the British invasion of Greenwich, Connecticut. Robert Ernest Hubbard is a retired professor from Albertus Magnus College. In addition to Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution, he is the author of seven other books.

RW250 LECTURE Revolutionary Tarrytown: Traitors and Spies, Patriots and Allies, British boats and Hessian Ghosts! Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Principal Historian of RW250

Date Sunday, May 3, 2020
Time 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM with Q&A
Venue Warner Library
Location 121 N Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Cost Free
Contact Reference Desk 914-631-7734
Sponsors RW250, Warner Library and The Historical Society, Inc. Serving Sleepy Hollow & Tarrytown
Details During the Revolutionary War, Tarrytown played a dramatic and crucial role in the achievement of American independence; yet, revolutionary events in Tarrytown and Westchester, once celebrated and known to both locals and Americans across the nation, have lapsed into obscurity or become the stuff of legend. This illustrated lecture provides an overview of important events and locations in the area around Tarrytown during the Revolutionary War, and examines the importance of the era’s legacy on its historical development, on regional identity, and on the formation of national character.

LECTURE The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

Date Friday, May 15, 2020
Time 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Venue
Jay Heritage Center
Location 210 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580
Cost Members $15, Non-members $25
Registration Required Sign up here
Contact Kevin Peraino at 914-967-9275 or peraino.jhc@gmail.com
Sponsor Jay Heritage Center
Details Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Rick Atkinson will discuss his new book, “The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777,” the first volume of his projected trilogy of the American Revolution. Atkinson is the best-selling author of “An Army at Dawn,” “Crusade,” and “The Long Gray Line.”

EVENT Colonial Day at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale, NY

Date Sunday, June 14, 2020
Venue Odell House – Rochambeau Headquarters
Sponsor Friends of Odell House – Rochambeau Headquarters and Town of Greenburgh
Details Coming Soon!


RW250 is a public charity described in Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and is registered with the Charities Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General under Article 7-A of the New York Executive Law. RW250’s IRS determination letter, application for tax-exempt status, registration and supporting documents are open to public inspection, and RW250’s latest annual report and Form 990 may be obtained, upon request, from RW250 (2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, New York 10523) or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau (28 Liberty Street, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10005). Donations to RW250 are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. RW250 provides support for and directly applies funds to coordinate and execute local programming focused on raising awareness about the role of Westchester County in the Revolutionary War.