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"100" YEARS AND GOING STRONG

The Van Cortlandtville

Historical Society

Be sure to be a part of another exciting year of exceptional guest speakers and additional surprises and special events.

The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society will host an OPEN HOUSE ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York.

This event is open free to the public.............

Visitors will be given a guided tour of the 19-century one-room schoolhouse, which until the mid-1970s was still functioning as part of the Lakeland Central School District. The schoolroom and adjoining meeting room of the Society has books, photographs and classroom items dating back to that early era.   

The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at the north end of Locust Avenue next to Old Saint Peter’s Church and cemetery, just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt. 

For more information: Visit www.vancort.net; or, call (914) 736-7868.

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                           JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST SPEAKER AND MEETING IN THE NEW NORMAL THIS SATURDAY . 9/18 AT 2:00 PM

The Lost History of the

1st Rhode Island Regiment andthe Battle of Pines Bridge in Yorktown

The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society is honored to have author and local historian

Duane Jackson as our guest speaker. He was originally scheduled with this talk in January 2020 butunfortunately was postponed until now due to the long pandemic. He first spoke to our Society in February 2016 about his book---May First: The Day Times Square Stood Still—which related his experiences on that fateful day in 2010 and how he became known as The Times Square Hero. 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. He will also tell the story of the

regiment’s continued success as the American Revolution

progressed on to achieve independence. 

Duane Jackson served 8 years as a Trustee in the Village of Buchanan to 2021. This year he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Times Square Business District. He is a decorated U.S. Navy veteran, having served aboard the USS Ranger aircraft carrier in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. A longtime resident of the village, he is co-president of the Buchanan Historical Society; a member of the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society and the Westchester County

Historical Society. He is also a member of American Legion Post 1030 in Verplanck; Vietnam Veterans Chapter 49 in Westchester, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 137 in Westchester and Putnam counties.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

2 p.m. FREE to Public

Sponsored by The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society

(914) 736-7868 www.vancort.net

At The Little Red Schoolhouse

297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor 10567

Out of an abundance of caution, we request all attending, wear a mask.

                 DEDICATION TO THE FRENCH SOLDIERS IS A YEARLY EVENT  

                                                                FOR THE VCHS


Memorial Service: YEARLY EVENT

The annual Memorial Service honoring the eight French soldiers who died in Van Cortlandtville during the Revolutionary War will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021, outside Old Saint Peter’s Church. French forces used the church as a military hospital in 1781 and 1782 when they were in the area before and after the victory of Generals Washington and Rochambeau over the British in Yorktown, Virginia, in October 1781. The service, continuing a tradition started by the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society in 2001, will include a background talk, bilingual prayer, musket salute by uniformed reenactors and a mourn arms ceremony.

Please wear a face covering and observe social distancing because of the coronavirus.

Please bring an umbrella to protect yourself against the sun (or rain). Because of health concerns, the church will not be open to the public.

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MR. DUANE JACKSON GUEST SPEAKER

9/18/21 following our Business Meeting 2:00 pm

Due to the Covid-19 rules, there will be limited seating and you must wear a mask to attend.

For those who are still afraid of the New Normal, there will be a video presentation of this event on the Website at a later date.

                Lost History of African American Regiment in Revolutionary War Topic of Talk September 18th at Van Cortlandtville Historical Society

The program on The Lost History of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the Battle of Pines Bridge in Yorktown, originally scheduled in early 2020 before the COVID19 restrictions, will be held on Saturday, September 18th, at 2 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York. Sponsored by the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, the event is open free to the public.

Local author and historian Duane Jackson of Buchanan will present his pictorial program on 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. The regiment played a vital and heroic role in the brief but brutal battle at the Pines Bridge crossing of the Croton River in 1781, according to Mr. Jackson. Supported by vintage pictures and renderings, he will tell the story of how the regiment’s setback in Yorktown spurred them on to future battlefield successes up through New England as the American Revolution achieved independence.

Bob Foley, program director of the Society, noted that Mr. Jackson was first scheduled to deliver the 1st Rhode Island Regiment program in January 2020 but it was postponed due to a snow storm. It was re-scheduled for March of 2020 but was also postponed, at that time because of the COVID19 restrictions. Mr. Foley explained that Mr. Jackson’s program on September 18th will be the re-opening of the Society’s monthly programs after 18 months of coronavirus shutdown at the Schoolhouse. In the interest of caution, he said that those attending should wear masks. Additional masks and hand sanitizers will be available.

Mr. Foley also pointed out that Mr. Jackson’s September 18th appearance is a return engagement. “He first spoke to our VanCortlandtville Historical group in February 2016 when he presented a program on his book---May First: The Day Times Square Stood Still---which related his experiences on that fateful day in 2010 and how he became known as the Times Square Hero for alerting authorities to a suspicious vehicle idling near his place of business on 45th Street, which the NYPD Bomb Squad then discovered to be laden with enough explosives to annihilate the entire Times Square area,” Foley said. Mr. Jackson served 8 years as an elected Trustee in the Village of Buchanan from 2013 to earlier this year. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Times Square Business District this year. He is a decorated U.S. Navy veteran, having served honorably aboard the USS Ranger aircraft carrier in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. A longtime resident of Buchanan, he is co-president of the Buchanan Historical Society, and is also a member of the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society and the Westchester County Historical Society. He is also a member of American Legion Post 1030 in Verplanck; Vietnam Veterans Chapter 49 in Westchester, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 137 in Westchester and Putnam counties.

Over the years, Mr. Jackson has been honored for his service to his country and community for his active initiation and involvement in many causes that have benefited disabled veterans, youth, the disadvantaged and minority groups. He has addressed and been recognized by organizations across the country, particularly veteran’s affairs, law enforcement, the media and educational institutions.

He earned his BA Degree in City Planning in 1976 from Boston University and did post graduate work in Washington, D.C. Prior to establishing his own business---Duane’s of Times Square---in 1989, he worked with the NYC Department of Housing and Preservation, and the NYC Board of Education (Division of School Buildings), and a private engineering firm.

Mr. Jackson and his wife, Linda, have owned a home in Buchanan for 27 years where they raised their now-adult children: Duane, Jr., director of eSports for Faze Clan in California; and Tiffany D. Jackson, a New York Times best-selling author of 6 young adult novels, published by Harper Collins. Her latest book--“Blackout”– is being developed as a Netflix film and TV event.

The Little Red Schoolhouse (the venue for the Sept. 18th program) is located at the north end of Locust Avenue next to Historic Old Saint Peter’s Church and Cemetery, on the hill just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt. For more information visit: www.vancort.net, or call (914) 736-7868.

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