EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Town of Eastchester has launched a new website in preparation for the 2014 year-long celebration of its 350th anniversary.
“Eastchester350.org has been designed to announce our programs, excite our citizens about coming events and provide all local history lovers with an opportunity to explore their very own rich history,” Linda Doherty, co-chair of the Eastchester 350th Anniversary Celebration, said in a statement.
The site features an events calendar, a full description of planned community programs and an outline of the K-12 Educational Program.
A click through the section titled “Our History” reveals 17th and early 18th century “founding documents,” a catalog of vintage and modern photographs of the town and village, with its own index and many online resources leading to other images.
There are numerous links to state and county archives and to other historical repositories and research tools.
The user can also click on numerous articles published by current Town Historian Dick Forliano and long-time columnist Vince Bellew. The recent exhibition, “Hometown Heroes,” created by Mike Fix to honor the town’s outstanding veterans, is spotlighted here as well.
New residents Jennifer Frost and Kevin Elbert designed and developed the site. Town Clerk Linda Doherty was charged with overall coordination.
Eastchester’s 350th Anniversary Celebration will feature lectures, educational programs, a gala, a community day, a super-size exhibit in the fall and culminate with a well-researched and richly illustrated history book.
Residents and community organizations are invited to participate, to support the celebration with contributions and to volunteer their own family and institutional memories.
All local organizations are encouraged to submit their group’s particular history and keep the town’s birthday in mind when planning their own 2014 events. The histories and announcements can be posted on the new website.
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