Historic Pelham

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Westchester County Archives Launches Latest Addition to its Virtual Archives Web Site: "Historical Treasures of Westchester County"

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The Westchester County Archives has launched the latest addition to its Virtual Archives Web site located at http://www.westchesterarchives.com/Home.html: "Historical Treasures of Westchester County". The Web site is a collaborative effort of the Westchester County Archives and the Westchester County Historical Society.

The first installment of the Virtual Archives Web site project was "Westchester County and the Civil War." That portion of the site documents life in Westchester County during the American Civil War in the 1860s.

The Virtual Archives’ second installment provided the "Historic American Engineering Record of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation." That portion of the site documents the parkway’s beginnings, compiled by the National Park Service, and includes a report of its origins as America’s first public parkway and many historic photographs and engineering drawings.

The third installment of the ongoing Virtual Archives project is a section of the site that focuses on “Historical Treasures of Westchester County.” Those interested in local history will be thrilled with the first phase of what will be an ongoing expansion of the third installment of the Virtual Archives project. Those interested in Pelham history, however, will have to wait a little longer before Pelham materials are included. Currently the site includes materials from only five of the county's local communities: Ardsley, Eastchester, Port Chester, Scarsdale and White Plains.

The new section of the Web site has a "Communities" page where a visitor can use the cursor to hover over a town to see the town's villages appear on the map. Those cities and towns for which materials are included in the archive are marked with a gold diamond and the collections for each may be accessed by clicking on the community's name in the left column.

There truly are gems in the virtual collection. There is an image of a broadside of the Declaration of Independence dated July 9, 1776. There is an image of the 1776 Cochran Map of White Plains. There are images of the 1665 Eastchester Covenant. There are images of Edward Pell's November 7, 1787 estate inventory.

The new section of the Web site is quite impressive and deserves a place in the "Favorites" collection of every local history buff interested in the history of Pelham and surrounding areas.

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