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September 2020

Virtual Calendar of Events

Westchester County to Host Virtual September 11th Ceremony

Westchester County’s 2020 September 11th Ceremony will be held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The online ceremony will honor the thousands of lives lost during the September 11th attacks, and all those we have lost in the years following.


In an effort to pay tribute to those who have died, Westchester County Government is asking family members of those who were killed on 9/11, or those who have died of 9/11 related illnesses to read the names of those who have passed during the virtual ceremony. If you would like to participate, please send an email to Communications@WestchesterGov.com with your full name and contact information.


Programs at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center

Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe is offering the following live-streamed and on-demand webinars: August 6 at 6pm – Let’s Talk About Italian Dual Citizenship: Benefits, Eligibility and Next Steps, presented by Bianca Ottone of “My Italian Family”. Italian Dual Citizenship is a very hot subject these days, but there is a lot of misinformation. Ottone is going to lay out why you should do it (Benefits), what it takes to obtain it (Qualification Requirements), what are the next steps (Gathering Italian and U.S. Records) and where you should apply (United States vs. Italy). Register at https://wiccny.org/Webinars/. August 12 at 7:30pm – Siena’s Palio: Pride, Passion & Pandemonium, presented by Carla Gambescia. Il Palio di Siena, a four-day cultural sporting extravaganza, culminates in the world’s most thrilling horse race and takes place twice every summer — on July 2 and August 16. Though canceled this year, you can experience its colorful pageantry virtually through stunning photographs taken at last year’s race. Author, lecturer and photographer Carla Gambescia will explain the history behind the race which lasts a mere 75- 90 seconds but represents the climax of a fiercely competitive all-consuming year-round rivalry between the 17 contrade (districts) of Siena. Carla will also touch on some of the gorgeously preserved highlights of Siena, where the Middle Ages seem to survive in the architecture as well as the civic spirit. August 18 at 7pm – The Beauty of Bernini, presented by Toni McKeen. Toni will discuss GianLorenzo Bernini’s wide, varied body of work, including his many famous beautiful fountains, statues and busts, and of course his work in St. Peter’s and the Vatican. August 26 at 7:30pm – The Medici of 15th Century Florence: Walking a Fine Line Between Historical Truth and Fiction, presented by Christine Contrada. The Medici family, who controlled Renaissance Florence and were a dominant force across Early Modern Europe, have long been a case-study of historical misrepresentation. The Medici continue to capture our imagination on and off screen.  Most recently three seasons of RAI’s Medici, available on Netflix in the U.S., offered eager audiences on both sides of the Atlantic an intriguing, and at times problematic interpretation.  What happens when we view the Renaissance through the lens of our contemporary gaze? Email info@wiccny.org with questions.


USPS Art Project at the Pelham Art Center

The USPS Art Project’s first exhibition is right here at Pelham Art Center!

The USPS Art Project was started by artist Christina Massey as a call to action for her fellow artists to support the United States Postal Service. Its goal is for unique collaborative artworks to be created, allowing artists to establish deeper connections and, in doing so, help the financially struggling USPS. Hundreds of artists have joined in the project, ranging from sculpture to painting, drawing, mixed media, fiber art and more.


Over 300 artworks for sale! Collect one-of-a-kind artist collaborations from across the country! Shop online at pelhamartcenter.org

Opening Receptions - Free and Open to All!

Virtual Reception: Friday, August 7th 6:00pm

Celebrate the USPS Art Project via Zoom!

Meeting ID – 847 2055 2767. Password – 719863

Community Art Day: Sunday, August 9th, 1:00-3:00pm

View the exhibition when you stop by Community Art Day!


Presentations at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site

Join St. Paul’s for a series of live presentations, through digital sharing platforms, exploring an interesting array of topics in the history of St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site and our country.  Presented by accomplished authors and scholars, these digital presentations, with questions and discussion at the conclusion of each, generally run about an hour. The programs will be available through Google Meet or Zoom, and you should be prepared to join us through either of those two platforms.  To be part of this learning experience, please respond by e mail to dho59stpaul@yahoo.com with your name and e mail address, specifying for which of programs you are registering.  Prior to the event, we would communicate through e mail with the appropriate link.


Schedule of Presentations:

Sat. Aug. 22, 1 PM. Jack Kelly, a historian and author, talks about the history of gunpowder, with an emphasis on the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, based on his acclaimed book about that topic, “Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics: The History of the Explosive that Changed the World”.

Aug. 29, 1 PM. Dr. Robert M. Penna, an author and scholar who teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, explores how the creation of Greater New York in the 1890s, the consolidation of the five boroughs, altered the course of history in the St. Paul’s vicinity.

Sat., Sept. 5, 1 PM. Dr. Eric Sanderson, author of the landmark book, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City, reveals and examines the natural history of the St. Paul’s area.

Sat. Sept. 12, 1 PM. Professor Lisa Keller of SUNY Purchase, author of many books on American history and a distinguished public historian, will chronicle and interpret the woman suffrage movement, commemorating the centennial of the final approval of the 19th amendment in 1920.

Sat., Sept. 19. 1 PM Professor Gregory Urwin of Temple University, a prolific author in the area of American military history, explores topics in the history of World War II in the Pacific, helping to illuminate some of the themes in the current feature exhibit at St. Paul’s, “A Special Role: St. Paul’s Church and World War II”.

Sat., Sept; 26., 1 PM.  Author and archaeologist Dr. Eugene Boesch surveys the culture, history and legacy of the Lenape Indians, the original settlers of the St. Paul’s vicinity.

St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Av., Mt. Vernon, 914-667-4116.