September - December 2021
History, and music, from St. Paul’s
Most of these are distance presentations, through a shared platform, unless otherwise indicated. To register, please navigate to the Calendar section of the St. Paul’s website, and go to the specific date and specific program. You might also use the contact e mail provided here, noting the progam (s) in which you are interested. But please be aware that conditions related to the COVID 19 pandemic could cause changes in whether these will be distance or in person progams at our site. Thank you.
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Schedule of Presentations:
Sat., Sept. 4, 1 PM. Marking the start of Labor Day weekend, acclaimed folk singer Linda Russell chronicles the labor movement with an interpretive performance of songs.
Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day, 1 PM. In recognition of Labor Day, join us for a virtual, distance presentation exploring the landmark Wagner Labor Act of 1937 by Dr. Joel Suarez, Assistant Professor, Department of Labor Studies, CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies.
Sat. Sept. 11, 1 PM. Dr. Wilson J. Moses, Emerita Professor of History at Penn State, talks about Thomas Jefferson, based on his recent book about the nation’s third president.
Sat. Sept. 18, 1 PM. Professor Maeve Kane of the University at Albany/SUNY, explores the theme of Women and the American Revolution, drawing on her contribution of a chapter about the impact of the American Revolution on women of the Iroquois nation, which appeared in a recently published volume titled, "Women and the American Revolution".
Sat. Sept. 25, 1 PM. Professor Edward J. Larson of Pepperdine University explores the story line from his recent, highly regarded book, “Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership”.
Sat., Oct. 2, 1 PM. Dr. Eugene Boesch, author and archeologist, explores the history, culture and legacy of the Lenape, native peoples of the St. Paul’s area.
Sat., Oct. 9, 1 PM. Author & historian Dr. Laura Chmielewski explores the impact and significance of the Great Awakening of the 1730s, a pivotal development in the religious history of colonial America. Author of several books on early American History, Dr. Chmielewski is a Professor of American History at SUNY Purchase.
Sat., Oct. 16, 10 AM to 4 PM. Our annual Battle of Pell’s Point encampment, commemorating the battle of October 18, 1776, fought about a mile from St. Paul’s, when a small American brigade throttled a much larger British force, helping to cover the retreat of General Washington’s main army from northern Manhattan to White Plains. The event includes militia drill, musket demonstrations, period music and crafts, and talk about the battle and the era of the American Revolution. Special features include the Hearts of Oak re-enactor unit and a discussion forum based on videos produced by Revolutionary Westchester 250.
There will also be a distance presentation - by St. Paul's historian & educator Maria Byrne - through shared platform, at 12 Noon, exploring the life & times of John Glover, who led the American troops at the Battle of Pell's Point. Please register for that presentation through the Calendar section of the website.
Sat., Oct. 23, 1 PM. Emily Yankowitz, a Ph.D. student in American History at Yale University, explores the re-integration of the Loyalists into American society after the American Revolution and how that process helped to redefine citizenship in early America.
Sat., Oct. 30, 1 PM. In recognition of Halloween, Professor Erik R. Seeman of the University at Buffalo explores topics from his recent, award winning book, “Speaking With the Dead in Early America.” Decision has not yet been made on whether this will be a live, in person presentation at St. Paul’s, or a distance presentation through shared platform.
Sat., Nov. 6, 1 PM. Acclaimed author and historian Woody Holton explores the ever-fascinating odyssey of Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams, based on his recent book, “Abigail Adams: A Life,” which was awarded the prestigious Bancroft Prize. A Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Holton has written many highly regarded books on early American history.
Thursday, Nov. 11, 1 PM. Commemorating Veterans Day, Park Ranger Michael Callahan explores the life and service of Harmon Bloodgood, who served in a regular Army cavalry regiment during the Civil War, including combat in the often-overlooked theater of the West. He worked on several projects as a stone mason in metropolitan New York in the late 19th century, including the erection of a new steeple at St. Paul’s, and died in 1912, followed by burial at St. Paul’s near his wife and daughters. As part of our commemoration of Veterans Day, we also offer self-guided tours recalling the lives and service of many veterans buried in the historic cemetery at St. Paul’s. The self-guided tours are available from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Sat., Nov. 13, 1 PM. Eric Thomas, a Mt. Vernon musician, performs jazz and blues selections for flute, in a program that features presentations by other Mt. Vernon community musicians.
Sat. Nov. 20, 1 PM. A performance of “Words into Music,” original compositions based on community interviews with Mt. Vernon residents, featuring Pamela Sklar on flute, along with oboe, English horn and clarinet.
Sat., Nov. 27, 1 PM. Peter Walker, classic baritone voice and early American instruments, performs songs that would have been heard in early American taverns, with a nod toward the harvest and Thanksgiving.
Sat., Dec. 4, 1 PM. Enjoy an hour of classical guitar music, with Daniel Conant
Sat., Dec. 11, 1 PM. Join us for an hour of Holiday music, featuring Alyssa Reit on Harp and Peter Reit on French Horn, along with other musicians.
Sat., Dec. 18, 1 PM. Concert-organist-in-residence Kathryn Jones performs a Holiday concert on the historic Erben pipe organ at St. Paul’s, accompanied by soprano.
Schedule is subject to change.