‘Our Buried History: The Story of Our Community Through Our Historic Burying Grounds’ Join us to discover the history of the Town of Mamaroneck, including Mamaroneck and Larchmont Villages, as we explore our historic cemeteries. Where are these burying grounds? What families and founders are buried there? What mysteries are yet to be solved about these historic sites? And why should we preserve them for future generations?
Class #1 Where’s Our History Buried? Join Patrick Raftery, Assistant director of the Westchester Historical Society, as he takes us on a tour of our historic burying grounds. Learn about the families who founded our community and what we know about them through their family cemetery. Explore some of the History Mysteries that surround these final resting places and the importance of these sites to future generations.
Patrick Raftery has written a three volume, comprehensive reference work of Westchester County’s historic burying grounds, as well as a detailed history of the families who have settled here over many generations. “Patrick Raftery has made an enormous contribution to the history of Westchester with this definitive catalog of all its known churchyards, family graveyards and public cemeteries, including both those that still exist and those that have disappeared.”
Class #2 Preserving History: Can Our Historic Burying Grounds Be Saved? Join Mamaroneck Village Historian, John Pritts, and Southampton Village Historian, Zachary Studenroth, as they explore the history and preservation of the DeLancey family burying ground. Learn about the DeLancey family in our founding and development as a community, their contributions and controversies. Learn about the preservation process and the significance to our community.
Zachary Studenroth, a partner in the non-profit Burial Grounds Preservation Group, Inc.www.bgpg.org, has a BA in Art and Architectural History from Middlebury College and an MS from Columbia University School of Architecture and Planning, Division for Historic Preservation. Zach specializes in historic structure reports, cultural resource surveys, and burying ground assessments, conservation treatment and programming.
A portion of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the Mamaroneck Historical Society.
DATES: 2 Wednesdays: October 7 & 14, from 7-8PM