Croton Friends of History Events
All events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, the events take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Ottinger Room at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Please join us!
Baseball in Black and White
Using vintage pictures and memorabilia, baseball historian, educator, writer and collector Robert Mayer will highlight the history of African Americans in baseball, including some of the Black Barnstorming teams that played in the Hudson Valley.
Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.
President Lincoln’s Secret 1862 Visit to West Point
Historian Anthony Czarnecki will reveal why President Abraham Lincoln made a clandestine journey to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the middle of the Civil War, what Lincoln did during his three-day trip, and how history changed as a result of his secret visit. Czarnecki has written articles on Lincoln for the Westchester Historian and the New York History Journal. He is past President of the Lincoln Society in Peekskill and a three-term Trustee of the Westchester County Historical Society.
Thursday, June 2, 7:00 p.m.
Light at the End of the Tunnel: Building the Second Avenue Subway
Early in 2007 work started on the latest attempt to build the Second Avenue Subway. Now, more than nine years later, the construction is almost complete and trains are scheduled to start carrying passengers by the end of this year. Thomas Peyton, a Croton resident with over 30 years of experience in the tunnel construction industry, will tell us from personal experience what it took to bring this century-old plan to completion.
Thursday, September 8, 7:00 p.m.
The Mystery of Money Island: Tales of Captain Kidd’s Treasure, Ghosts, Witches and Indian Graves on Croton Point
Some say Money Island was the place where the infamous pirate, Captain Kidd, buried his fabled treasure. Some say it was a huge funeral mound for Native Americans slain in a terrible battle. Some are reluctant to even whisper the name because they say the place was haunted—a favorite retreat for witches from all the country ’round. So what was Money Island? Marc Cheshire, Croton Friends of History board member and author of the blog Croton History & Mysteries, will tell the tales of this fabled place and why it sadly no longer exists.
Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m.
A Croton Victorian Gem: the Thomas Jefferson Acker House
Since 1875 four Croton families have lived within the walls of the Thomas Jefferson Acker House on Hamilton Avenue. The current owner, Marc Shenfield, purchased the house in 1974 and began lovingly restoring one of Croton’s most historically significant residences. Marc will reveal the lives, stories and secrets he has discovered during 40 years of restoration.
Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.
Crossing the Croton: Three Centuries of Fords, Ferries, Trestles & Trusses
Carl Oechsner and Marc Cheshire present part three of their series on bridges of the Croton River. Starting above the New Croton Dam, they will share the fascinating stories of the construction of the two Croton Lake bridges (today carrying the Taconic State Parkway north and south) and Gatehouse Bridge, which crosses the Reservoir above the submerged footings of the long-gone Squire Whipple-inspired bridge that crossed the Croton below the old Croton Dam. Continuing up the river they will cover the Putnam Railroad Bridge (today part of the North County Trailway), Pines Bridge (a strategic location during the Revolutionary War), Woods Bridge in Katonah and three bridges spanning the New Croton Reservoir in the Town of Somers.
Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.