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Eastchester 350th Anniversary Celebration Launch Focuses On Immigrants

Author Jane Ziegelman, front row, right, spoke about the history of New York immigrants on the snowy afternoon to launch the celebration of Eastchester's 350th anniversary on Jan. 26.
Author Jane Ziegelman, front row, right, spoke about the history of New York immigrants on the snowy afternoon to launch the celebration of Eastchester's 350th anniversary on Jan. 26. Photo Credit:

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- More than 300 people gathered at Concordia College's campus on Jan. 26 to launch the year-long series to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Eastchester.

On a snowy afternoon, author Jane Ziegelman spoke about the history of New York immigrants  to launch the celebration of the town's founding in 1664. Ziegelman is the author of "97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement." The book had been chosen by the directors of the town's three libraries as the first-ever selection for a One Book/One Community Reading Program.

"With an event that highlighted common immigrant roots and the role of the three local libraries in the community's enrichment, the audience was enlightened and entertained by Ms. Ziegelman's talk," representatives said. "She focused on the strength and tenacity of the early immigrant forebears in bringing their various culinary tastes to America."

Prior to Ziegelman's appearance, Concordia College's President Viji George welcomed the audience and commented on the theme for the 350th anniversary year, Keeping the Covenant.

George acknowledged Concordia's lengthy history within the town as indicative of efforts to "keep the covenant" and expressed his delight that the college was hosting this inaugural event, representatives said.

"The steering committee hopes to focus the community on its roots and sponsor events and programs that are open to all residents," said Bob Riggs, co-chair of Eastchester 350th Anniversary, Inc. "That the first one focused on our libraries and our immigrant legacies is fitting. We encourage everyone to participate as we celebrate the town's unique history and to follow the calendar of festivities that are planned by using our website."

For those who may have missed the kickoff, local cable television will feature the event throughout February.

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