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Concordia College Presents Launch Of Book On Eastchester's History

"Out of the Wilderness: The Emergence of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville, 1664-2014" focuses on the history of the towns.
"Out of the Wilderness: The Emergence of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville, 1664-2014" focuses on the history of the towns. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastchester's 350th anniversary will kick off with the December publication of "Out of the Wilderness: The Emergence of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville, 1664-2014," the first-ever book on the history of the town and its two villages.

Concordia College in Bronxville will host a book launch and panel discussion on Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., at Sommer Center at the college.

Sponsored jointly by Concordia’s Books and Coffee lecture series and Eastchester 350th Anniversary, Inc., the panel discussion will feature several of the book’s authors and include a reception with book sales and signing following their presentation.

"Out of the Wilderness: The Emergence of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville, 1664-2014" is a 340-page full color hardcover history of the town and its villages.

The book combines the style and appeal of a coffee table book with solid, documented historical research and reference information, according to Bronxville Village Historian Eloise Morgan. “It is something everyone in the town and villages will treasure,” said Eastchester Town Historian Richard Forliano,.

The book’s 15 contributing authors and the Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville topics they address include Regina Baio—the 1665 Eastchester civil covenant; Harry Dunkak—the 1733 election; Joseph Esposito—350 years of population change; Richard Forliano—early 20th century population and ethnic changes; Edna Gabler--Revolutionary War life in the Neutral Ground; and Clare Gorman and Jeff Zuckerman— memorable early 20th century athletes.

Other writers and their topics are Lissa Halen—the Bronx and Hutchinson Rivers and parkways; Marilynn Hill—the practice of slavery into the early 19th century; Claudia Keenan—20th century growth of three separate school systems; Janet Lentz—the Great Depression and the New Deal; Eloise Morgan—the community’s changing borders and municipal structures; David Osborn—the Civil War from Eastchester’s perspective; James Pecchoni—the town’s lakes; and George Pietarinen—Anne Hutchinson’s life on the land that later became Eastchester.

The book will sell for $50. For questions, call Linda Laird at 914-771-3351.

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