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Dr. Iris De Rode has presented four groundbreaking research lectures of great interest to those interested in the French-American alliance and especially the local history of Westchester County. Link to her lectures.
We continue to spread the word about fascinating local Patriots through another article by Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Principal Historian RW250. The article about Tarrytown during the Revolutionary War appeared in Bee Local in July.
RW250 is pleased to be featured in this article, Westchester Takes a Long view of Historic and Cultural Heritage Tourism by Natasha Caputo, Director, Westchester County Tourism & Film.
RW250 President Constance M. Kehoe provided the keynote address at a July 4th event in Mt. Vernon, NY. Watch the video of Ms. Kehoe’s presentation, proceeded by Kristyn Briez Reed’s introductory remarks. For more information about Ms. Kehoe please read her bio. Check Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site Church Facebook or call the site 914-667-4116.
Checkout the plans and progress of the RW250 exciting initiative, This Man’s a Spy! See the launch Press Release for more information about the communities involved in the trail of travels by the spy, British Major John Andre, and the Patriots who captured him.
New York State Lawmakers Pass The New York State 250th Commemoration Act!
I’m thrilled and thankful that through the work of Senator Shelley B. Mayer, as sponsor of the State Senate bill, and many, many others, New York State now has a 250th Commemoration Act. Part of the mission of RW250 is to coordinate with state and national efforts to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution and the founding of the United States. Here in Westchester, since 2018 there has been a robust grassroots participation in events and programs about the American Revolution, so I also credit all of you, the RW250 followers. You made it clear, to lawmakers and others, that there is a deep and continuing interest in this history.
The legislation will help support our great local efforts as the state and federal resources kick-in. Westchester County families, municipalities, institutions, businesses, and visitors will all benefit. The legislation, as of this writing, still requires the governor’s signature, so please follow our Facebook posts for the most up-to-date reports. Read Senator Mayer’s press release.
RW250 President, Constance Kehoe joined Kingsbridge Historical Society President, Nick Dembowski for a stimulating walking tour of revolutionary Spuyten Duyvil and Kingsbridge on Saturday June 12. Pointing out that The Bronx was historically part of Westchester, she welcomed all to “join forces” together build awareness of the revolutionary era history. With primary source references and an orienting chalk map, Nick led the tour group to the places where the British and at times the Continentals used the top of several hills to keep or gain control in this critical area. Just near the playground, the King’s Bridge crossed the Spuyten Duyvil Creek. Washington, Rochambeau, John Adams and others all were here and today no creek is visible.
Be Creative! Did you even wonder where historical reenactors get their period clothing? Watch George Washington professional interpreter Michael Grillo answer RW250 volunteer Tim Rossi’s questions about tailoring of Revolutionary War uniforms. Visit the Revolutionary Westchester 250 YouTube channel to view 18th Century Tailoring and our first installment Harpsichord. Revolutionary era food and/or drink will be the feature in the third Be Creative! installment.
Susan Seal, president of the Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters, was honored by the Westchester County Historical Society on Sunday, May 23 for her twenty-year effort to save, restore and eventually open this historic structure to the public. In 1781 the Comte de Rochambeau made his headquarters in this home, and he and General Washington made momentous decisions there. County Executive George Latimer praised Seal and the efforts of the WCHS to keep an awareness of our local history alive and preserve special historic places. From RW250‘s President, Constance Kehoe who joined the celebration “Susan’s efforts are amazing. We share a dream of welcoming visitors to the Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters in 2026 – the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.”
RW250‘s President, Constance Kehoe visited the Peekskill Museum and was thrilled to meet descendants of John “Jack” Peterson, from the Peterson-Moshier Family at the recent Rededication of the American Revolutionary Cannon. To learn more about Peekskill’s rich Revolutionary War era history visit www.peekskillmuseum.org. To learn a bit more about John “Jack” Peterson sample RW250‘s Principal Historian Dr. Erik Weiselberg’s presentation Revolutionary Tarrytown at minute 29:48.
Ransacking Democracy: AHA Statement on the Events of January 6
From RW250‘s president, Constance M. Kehoe: The American Historical Society (AHA) issued this statement on the January 6, 2021 mob attack on the United States Capitol. I hope you will reflect on this analysis and find it informed and accurate as I do.
Approved by AHA Council, January 8, 2021
The American Historical Association condemns the actions of those who, on January 6, stormed the United States Capitol, the seat of the nation’s legislature, the heart of its democratic form of governance…
We note with dismay the iconography of the banners carried by the mob—the flag with the visage of the president emblazoned on it, as if loyalty were due an individual and not the rule of law, and the flag of the Confederacy, signaling violence and sedition. Not by coincidence, those people who attacked the Capitol have been described by the current president and his advisers as “great patriots” and “American patriots.” The rioters were neither…
As historians, we call upon our fellow citizens and elected representatives to abide by the law and tell the truth. Our democracy demands nothing less of ourselves and of our leaders.
The American Historical Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884.
For the entire statement visit
We continue to spread the word about fascinating local Patriots through another article by Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Principal Historian of RW250. The biographical sketch of Captain George Hurlbut appeared in The Hudson Independent in December.
RW250 launches year end donation campaign
Donations will help support:
- Training for RW250 facilitators who will bring our message to library groups, historical societies, veteran’s organizations and more
- Stipends for young adults to intern with RW250 and our partners
- RW250’s ability to actively seek grants, tourism opportunities and state and national attention for a robust 250th anniversary commemoration of the American Revolution
- Compensation from RW250 for creative groups and individuals who perform, write, paint, draw, dance, cook, build, sew, knit, play and sing – in ways that help us understand the under told stories of the American Revolutionary Era in Westchester
- General Washington’s Commanders: $1,000
- Comte de Rochambeau’s Allies: $500
- Westchester Mounted Guides: $250
- Deborah Sampson’s Soldiers: $100
- Sergeant, Westchester Militia: $50
- Private, Westchester Militia: $25
RW250 Principal Historian Dr. Erik Weiselberg presented on Tarrytown’s role in the Revolutionary War on November 15. View the video recording of Revolutionary Tarrytown: Traitors and Spies, Patriots and Allies, British boats and Hessian Ghosts! Over 130 people attended this virtual program sponsored by the Warner Library, the Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson River Patriots’ Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Read about it in the Hudson Independent.
RW250 announced on October 25 the release of five videos that will further the goal of building public awareness of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. The video series, “Explore Westchester County’s Revolutionary War Sites” has been produced by RW250 and is available to the public on our YouTube channel. Each approximately three-minute video features a location in Westchester County with historic significant to the Revolutionary War period. The series has received positive reviews from historians, municipal officials and educators. Yonkers, Bedford, Tarrytown, Hartsdale and Verplanck’s Point in the Town of Cortlandt are featured in this series. See the full Press Release for more info. Read about it in the Hudson Independent.
Watch a video recording of Revolution and the Hudson: Songs and Stories as performed by historical balladeer Linda Russell on October 18. This program was part of the annual Road to Freedom Day sponsored by the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society.
Checkout the three-minute video, King’s Ferry/Verplanck’s Point which launched in October. It’s the preview of our RW250 upcoming series “Explore Westchester County’s Revolutionary War Sites”. See the launch Press Release for more info.
Dr. Erik Weiselberg was honored on August 17 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Hudson River Patriots Chapter, for his outstanding teaching. The certificate is for “Outstanding Teacher of American History: Chapter Winner.” The award cites Dr. Weiselberg’s years of teaching, guiding and inspiring students in the local community. A social studies teacher at Irvington High School, Irvington, N.Y., Weiselberg also serves as the Principal Historian for RW250 and as Irvington’s Village Historian. Weiselberg stated, “As a teacher I strive to instill in my students a love for learning about American history, to assist them in developing reasoning skills that will last a lifetime, and to encourage respect for values that promote civic responsibility and democratic principles.”
We continue to spread the word about fascinating local Patriots through another article by Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Principal Historian of RW250. The biographical sketch of militiaman John “Jack” Peterson appeared in The Hudson Independent in August.
RW250 President Constance Kehoe joined the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society‘s annual memorial service in July honoring the eight French soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War at the Old Saint Peter’s Church in the Town of Cortlandt. The church was used by French troops as a military hospital in 1781 and 1782.
We continue to spread the word about fascinating local Patriots through another article by Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Principal Historian of RW250. The biographical sketch of Westchester Guide John Odell Part 1 and Part 2 appeared in The Hudson Independent in May and July.
The New Rochelle City Council unanimously approved the application for local landmark status for the Thomas Paine Memorial Building at their Council meeting on April 21. The mayor cited his personal support for it and the 10 or so communications that were received on the issue. To watch the meeting and/or to read the supporting documentation (found in the Agenda) click here.
We continue to spread the word about fascinating local Patriots through another article by Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Principal Historian of RW250. The biographical sketch of militiaman Abraham Requa appeared in The Hudson Independent in March.
Our President Constance Kehoe will serve on the New York State Historian’s Advisory Working Group, Revolutionary NY 250, as of March 4.
Our President Constance Kehoe discusses Revolutionary Westchester 250 (44 minutes) with social studies teacher Ms. Jennifer Lorenzo at Hudson River Radio on February 27.
An article by Mike Virgintino about the Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters, which is located in the Town of Greenburgh, appeared in the Scarsdale Patch in February.
[Editor: This event has been cancelled] RW250 Principal Historian Dr. Erik Weiselberg will present a lecture, “Independence Day and Halloween in ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’” relating this popular fictional tale to the Revolutionary War history of Tarrytown and Westchester County. The talk is part of the Washington Irving Literacy Conference, on April 3 at the Westchester Marriott, White Plains Road, Tarrytown. Details on the conference, and related programs and tours.
We continue to spread the word about fascinating local Patriots through an article by Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Principal Historian of RW250. The biographical sketch of militiaman William Dutcher appeared in The Hudson Independent in January.
An article by Edna Gabler about St. Paul’s Church in Mount Vernon, NY appeared in the Journal of the American Revolution in December.
We are thrilled to share that on November 4 RW250 was granted non-profit tax status by the IRS as described under Sections 501(c)3 and 509(a)(1). See footer below for details and click here for determination letter. Will you consider writing a donation check to RW250 before December 31?
Discover Revolutionary Yonkers: A Revolutionary Family Day at Philipse Manor Hall on Saturday, November 16. Click here for details
A Revolutionary Trolley Tour: Historical Yonkers & Kingsbridge on November 9 was filled to capacity. Photos are available on our Facebook page, and below is the slide presentation prepared for the participants. As the final stop on the tour, participants met with sculptor Vinnie Bagwell for a presentation about her Enslaved Africans Rain Garden Sculptures on display in the Atrium of Riverfront Library in Yonkers. The Trolley Tour was co-sponsored by the Yonkers Historical Society, RW250, the Kingsbridge Historical Society, Philipse Manor Hall, and Van Cortlandt House Museum. Special thanks to the City of Yonkers for funding this event. Click here for itinerary slides and Click here for Facebook photos
The Battle of White Plains Remembered
- On Sunday, October 27, our President Constance Kehoe joined this annual festive event at the historic Purdy House in White Plains to visit with George Washington and the fine folks of White Plains. Thank you White Plains Historical Society!
- On Monday, October 28, the date the Battle of White Plains began in 1776, our President Constance Kehoe attended the official ribbon-cutting ceremony by County Executive George Latimer, marking the reopening of the newly renovated 18th century Miller House in White Plains. Thank you CE Latimer and Westchester County!
- County Executive George Latimer To Officially Reopen The Miller House on Monday, October 28, 1:00 pm at 140 Virginia Road, North White Plains, NY 10603. RSVP Encouraged at Communications@westchestergov.com Click here for details
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Discover Revolutionary Yonkers: Experience the American Revolution Saturdays November 9 and 16. Click here for details
Roundtable Invitation for Westchester County Historical Societies, Heritage & History Groups, Genealogy & Veterans’ Groups, Academic & Museum Groups, “Friends Of” Historic Sites, DAR & SAR Groups, Municipal historians and others. RW250 is seeking a representative(s) to attend the first session of the RW250 Rountable Group. The liaison individuals ideally will have interest in working with colleagues from across the county and enthusiasm for Revolutionary War history within their local community. First Session October 15, 2019 7:00 PM White Plains Library 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Illustrated Presentation: Rochambeau’s Hartsdale Headquarters, Update on Odell House Restoration by Susan Seal, Friends of Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters followed by discussion and sharing. RSVP by October 10 to 1776RW250@gmail.com. Click here for details
Yorktown Landmarks Preservation Commission is pleased to present Constance Kehoe, President of RW250 for a community conversation describing and highlighting exciting plans underway to celebrate the 250th birthday of the United States. The event, which is free of charge, will take place at the Shrub Oak International School on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 PM. This RW250 Community Conversation is free of charge and interested participants from throughout Westchester are welcome. Shrub Oak International School is located at 3151 Stoney Street in Mohegan Lake, NY. For purposes of school security, those attending are respectfully asked to stop at the front desk and present picture identification. Click here for details
Our President Constance Kehoe will attend the Greater Hudson Heritage Network Tuesday, September 24 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Bear Mountain Inn & Conference Center in Bear Mountain, NY.
Revolutionary Westchester 250 kicks off in Rye at the Jay Heritage Center in Westchester County, New York.
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 (19 Jaffray Park, Irvington, New York 10533) 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.