November News from Revolutionary Westchester 250

November 2nd, 2022 News
Revolution on the Hudson reenactors.

Revolution on the Hudson! A Living History Experience

What a great day! Nearly 1,000 visitors joined our fun, immersive experience on October 22 at Pierson Park in Tarrytown, NY. The history of the Revolutionary War in Tarrytown and Westchester County came alive, with hands-on experiences for kids and adults, including drilling with the Continental Army and trying out colonial games. Stage performances included historical interpreters depicting General Benedict Arnold, British spy Major John André, Deborah Sampson (a Continental Army soldier who disguised herself as a man), George Washington, the Compte de Rochambeau and more.

Without the help of the Village of Tarrytown staff, elected officials, reenactors, Rotary members, historical societies and volunteers this event would not have been possible.

Many thanks to our sponsors Westchester County Tourism & Film, Village of Tarrytown, and Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and our partners, The Historical Society Serving Sleepy Hollow & Tarrytown and Historic Hudson River Towns.

Philipsburg Encampment Film

The Friends of Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters have produced a great film about Westchester’s Philipsburg Encampment of 1781. Written, produced, and directed by OHRH board member Chris Rubeo, the short film is designed for use by Westchester students studying American History in grades four and seven—but it’s also an excellent introduction for anyone interested in Westchester’s role in the Revolutionary War. Watch the seven-minute film here.

Congratulations Connie!

RW250 President Constance Kehoe has been appointed to the New York State 250th Commemoration Commission. The commission will develop a plan to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution and establish the 250th Commemoration Commission Fund. The fund’s creation is essential for the state to be eligible to receive funds from the federal Semiquincentennial Commission, created in 2016, and the America250 Foundation, the official nonprofit partner and operational arm of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission. State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appointed Connie to the commission, which will be officially formed when all appointments are completed.