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“Remembering Remarkable Women of Westchester” Program to be Presented by Historical Society

To bring Women’s History Month to a celebratory close, the Westchester County Historical Society (WCHS) is offering a virtual presentation, “Remembering Remarkable Women of Westchester,” on Saturday, March 25th at 3:00 pm. Westchester County had been the home to a lion’s share of prominent individuals, nationally recognized leaders in all aspects of American life. This includes extraordinary women who were born and raised in Westchester and women who settled in the county because of its proximity to Manhattan, natural beauty, fine schools, tight-knit neighborhoods, and rural charm.

The 60-minute digital slide presentation features a sampling of the businesswomen, artists, scientists, activists, athletes, authors, and others whose work and lives left a significant legacy. This includes a number of well-known actresses, authors, and trendsetters, as well as women of outstanding achievements who are not necessarily household names. Playwright Lorraine Hansberry (Croton-on-Hudson), vocalist Nina Simone (Mount Vernon), suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt (New Castle and New Rochelle), Florence Jaffray Harriman (Bedford), “Wizard of Oz” stars Billie Burke (Hastings-on-Hudson) and Judy Garland (Scarsdale), and cryptanalyst Ann Caracristi (Bronxville), are a few of the featured women.

The free Zoom presentation by WCHS Co-Director Barbara Davis is open to the public. To register, visit the WCHS website,, or use this link:

Established in 1874, the Westchester County Historical Society is one of the oldest county historical societies in America and the only organization that collects and promotes the county-wide history of Westchester. The Society’s comprehensive and accessible collection of books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, maps and atlases, and images pertaining to the history and genealogy of Westchester County is housed in the state-of-the art temperature- and humidity-controlled environment of the Westchester County Records Center located at 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY, 10523. The phone number is (914) 231-1401.


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