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Finding the Van Cortlandt Family

Thursday, May 16, 2019

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

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Van Cortlandt House Museum is pleased to welcome the Kingsbridge Historical Society and their President Nick Dembowski for a special evening lecture.

Join us at the Van Cortlandt House Museum for a visual presentation by Kingsbridge Historical Society president, Nick Dembowski, as he pieces together the clues to understand the early history of Van Cortlandt plantation and the people who lived, labored, and visited its historic grounds.

The Van Cortlandt family was one of the most prominent in the history of the Bronx. Their wealth and influence left behind a legacy that is visible in the street names and landmarks of the area. But just who were the Van Cortlandts anyway? Unlike many prominent early Americans, they did not leave behind journals nor much correspondence to shed light on their story. But some maps and documents do exist—scattered in various archives and libraries around New York and beyond. These fragments begin to reveal how the Bronx contingent of this family amassed their wealth, expanded their estate, and navigated the turbulence of the American Revolution. 

The lecture is free to attend but donations to be shared by the Museum and Historical Society are always welcome.

About Van Cortlandt House Museum
Since 1896, Van Cortlandt House Museum has been under the stewardship of The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York through a license agreement with the City of New York. The Society is responsible for preserving and restoring the interiors, providing and caring for the collections, offering educational opportunities to school children throughout New York City, and assuring that the doors to Van Cortlandt House are open to visitors six days a week all year round. 

About the Kingsbridge Historical Society
The Kingsbridge Historical Society was founded in 1949. It was the first and is the oldest, local historical society in the Bronx. The Society’s focus is on the history of the greater Kingsbridge area, located in the north-west Bronx. The society’s name is derived from the historic King’s Bridge and its environs, which include present-day Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Spuyten Duyvil, Marble Hill, Inwood, Van Cortlandt, and Fieldston. 


Van Cortlandt House Museum in Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway at West 246th Street
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The lecture will be held in the Museum's Herb Cellar starting at 7:00 p.m.



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Van Cortlandt House Museum, Kingsbridge Historical Society

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(718) 543-3344

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