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Historical Society Program Honors 'Great Women in Eastchester History'

The Eastchester Historical Society will host a living history performance in honor of Women's History Month at Town Hall on Thursday, March 24.
The Eastchester Historical Society will host a living history performance in honor of Women's History Month at Town Hall on Thursday, March 24. Photo Credit: Eastchester Historical Society

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- In honor of Women's History Month, the Eastchester Historical Society will present a living history presentation, “Great Women in Eastchester History” on Thursday, March 24, Eastchester Town Hall.

The six Eastchester women being commemorated span the period from 1642 to 2000 and include:

  • Anne Hutchinson, an early settler and spiritual leader and mother of 15 children, who was known for strong opinions, will be played by Rebecca Geminn, who coaches drama at Concordia College.
  • Rebecca Turner who was a freed slave who lived in town from the American Revolution past the Civil War, will be played by Donna Jackson, Mount Vernon historian.
  • Annie Hyland Adams who was an Irish immigrant who raised her family on Tuckahoe Avenue in the 1850’s and 1860’s, will be played by Annmarie Flannery, Eastchester Historical Society president.
  • Amie Dusenberry who was the town’s last overseer of the poor and first public welfare officer during the Great Depression, will be played by Vicky Ford, former Eastchester Town councilperson.
  • The life of Frieda Riggs will be described by her son Bob Riggs.
  • The life of Carmela Vacarro will be described by her grandson Donato Vaccaro.

The event runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Town Hall in the Community Room. Admission is free. For information, visit: www.eastchesterhistoricalsociety.org .

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