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Lynne Crowley, Larchmont Historical Society Archivist, will present a pictorial history of many of the community groups that formed through the past 100-plus years — some short lived and others still going strong. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on the role of these groups in creating and maintaining a sense of community.

Sunday, January 24th
at the VFW Hall, 1288 Boston Post Rd.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

For information, contact Dee van Eyck, LHS Programs, or 914-522-8394.

LHS Presents “The Kemper Memorial: Honoring Our 101″

Kemper Memorial
Presenters: Mark Schumer, John Esposito and Jan Northrup

Who were these young men (and one woman) from Larchmont and Mamaroneck who went off to fight for our country and lost their lives during World War II?

Join the Larchmont Historical Society as we pay tribute to our fallen local heroes and learn about the history of Kemper Memorial Park and its significance to past, present and future generations.

Sunday, November 15th at 3:30p.m.

Larchmont Village Center (behind the library)
Free and open to the public
Refreshments will be served

Sponsored by the Larchmont Historical Society

For more information, contact Dee van Eyck at (914) 522-8394 or

Larchmont’s Millionaire Fire Department

Larchmont’s Millionaire Fire Department – Sunday, October 18th 3:30-5:00

“From the spick and span yachts at anchor in the harbor, small boats put out madly racing for the shore, and from them leap men in starched trousers and pipe clayed canvas shoes who sprint for their posts of duty, tearing off collars and neckties as they run.” This is how Larchmont’s Fire Department responded to a summer alarm, according to a 1904 article in Fire and Water, a national firefighting newspaper. In the first decades after the formation of Larchmont Village in 1891, Larchmont’s Fire Department was nationally known as the “Fire Department of Millionaires.”

The Larchmont Historical Society’s program for October will take place on Sunday, October 18th from 3:30 – 5:00 at the Village Center. LHS Board Member Ned Benton will present the unique history of the Larchmont Fire Department, focusing particularly on the early years when Chief Mayhew Bronson, known then as a “wealthy retired capitalist” who marched with a “golden trumpet,” led a fire department of “bankers, brokers, merchants and yachtsmen.”

Chief Mayhew Bronson

Chief Mayhew Bronson

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Ned Benton has made several LHS presentations, one on local records of slavery and another on the local history of prohibition in Larchmont.

ned01 Ned Benton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and serves as Director of the MPA in Inspection and Oversight Program, which is the only Master of Public Administration program in the Unites States that concentrates expressly on inspection and oversight of public agencies. He serves as the Federal Court’s Monitor in United States of America v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Monitor reports to the Court on compliance with a consent decree about youth corrections in Puerto Rico, and is independent of the parties in the case. Before joining the faculty at John Jay College, Benton served as Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections from 1975-1979, and as the Director of Planning for the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture from 1972-1975.

In the News from 1912-1955: Sunday, May 17

The 20th Century Larchmont Times has entered the 21st Century at last with the digitization of the microfilm made almost 30 years ago.

The Larchmont Historical Society, in collaboration with the Larchmont Public Library (and big thanks to the Friends of the Library for sharing the funding!), can now bring to the community a treasure trove of information about people, places, and events in Larchmont from the end of 1912 until 1955.

On Sunday, May 17th, join us for the public unveiling of riches contained in these images. LHS archivist Lynne Crowley will share some highlights of Larchmont life through the years as reflected in its very own newspaper and librarian Liam Hegarty will give tips on how to conduct a search of the material.


The Larchmont(er) Times 1912-1955

Speakers: Lynne Crowley and Liam Hegarty
Sunday, May 17th
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Larchmont Village Center

Free and open to the public — refreshments will be served.

For information, contact Dee van Eyck at 914-834-0449 or

Celebrate Larchmont’s 125th: 1891-2016

On September 22, 1891, the Larchmont Manor Company was dissolved and the community was officially incorporated as the Village of Larchmont. To mark this momentous occasion, the Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees established a quasquicentennial celebration coordination committee, Larchmont 125, comprised of Larchmont area residents with ties to the local business, historical, educational, and cultural communities.

This official community-wide celebration will commence in September 2015 and conclude in September 2016. The all-volunteer committee is planning a year-long celebration of exciting public events and fascinating educational programs that will appeal to all age groups. The committee will plan, promote, and produce signature events as well as incorporate already existing events, new community events, and organization-sponsored events. The signature events will be paid for by the nonprofit Celebrate Larchmont, Inc. through fundraising activities, sponsorships, donations, concessions, and commemorative merchandise sales.

At least five signature events have been proposed to honor Larchmont’s 125th anniversary:

• Mayor’s Proclamation and Birthday Cake (September 2015 Kick-Off Event)

• Time Capsule (to be opened on the 150th anniversary in 2041)

• 1890s Gala Ball (September 2016)

To launch the celebration, the Larchmont 125 committee is conducting a logo contest which is open to any individual of any age. A judging panel will select the winning design which will be used to promote Larchmont’s anniversary events. All the details for entering the logo contest, as well as information about the upcoming festivities, can be found on the Larchmont 125 website beginning January 22nd.

10,000+ Photos: Access the LHS Digital Photo Archive

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Larchmont Village Center, LHS board member Ned Benton displayed some of the best images from the LHS vast online archive and shared techniques for searching through the many collections.

The archive is easy to reach at Photo Archives,  and there are online instructions. However, finding a particular image on a specific subject  may take a bit of finesse — and that’s where Mr. Benton provided help. In his talk he gave pointers on how to get started and how to drill down to find that special picture.

Over 10,000 digital images have been amassed online from photographs dating back to the 1800s. The LHS has acquired, digitized and posted photographs from the collections of lifelong resident Philip Severin, cartoonist Herb Roth, the Larchmont and Mamaroneck Public Libraries, the Larchmont Fire Companies, Larchmont Manor Beach, Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club, the Larchmonter Times (1900-1902) and the Larchmont Gazette (2002-2010), among others. In addition, the archive includes images of residential and commercial properties from the local assessor’s files and from private photographs.

Manor Beach During the Hurricane of 1938

Manor Beach During the Hurricane of 1938




The Garden Club of Larchmont presents:

Surf & Turf:  Making Environmental Connections between Landscaping and the Long Island Sound

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Village Community Room, Larchmont

Refreshments at 3:30 PM

Lecture at 4-5 PM

Judy Preston, MS in Botany (Field Naturalist Program, UVM), MEM (Yale Forestry School), Master Gardener, Master Composter, NOFA-certified Organic Land Care practitioner, and CT Outreach Program Coordinator for the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) will discuss how our love affair with the American lawn is causing the Sound to choke on excess nitrogen. Come learn about the Sound and Sound Gardening practices that can help protect the waters and living marine resources of this nationally significant estuary that is an important economic and recreational asset for NY and CT residents.

co-sponsored by:

Coastal Zone Management Commission
Environmental Committee of the Village of Larchmont
Sustainability Committee of the Town of Mamaroneck
Friends of the Library
Larchmont Historical Society
Town of Mamaroneck
Village of Larchmont

The Bootleggers Come to Larchmont: Free Presentation & Reception on Sunday, Oct 26

Presentation and Discussion: at Larchmont Village Center, Sunday, October 26,  3:30 to 5:00 PM

Post-Program Reception:  with refreshments at Post Wine and Spirits, 2112 Boston Post Road, celebrating 81 years since its opening at the end of Prohibition in 1933.

Prohibition in Larchmont was not universally supported, as will be discussed at the Larchmont Historical Society’s October 26th program by Ned Benton, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

“We are all within speaking distance of flagrant violations of law and order,” sermonized Reverend Robert M. Russell of the Larchmont Avenue Church, as noted in the Larchmonter Times on September 27, 1923. “

Oct 19 Wine & Cheese Reception Unveils Fire History: Chiefs, Vehicles, Art & Artifacts

You are Invited by the Larchmont Historical Society To:

An Open House Wine and Cheese Reception

Introducing the Collections of the LHS Fire History Committee

Including Larchmont’s 1922 Pumper, Engine One, 1910 Brush Roadster Chief’s Car, antique artwork, videos, photographs and other memorabilia.

WHEN: Sunday, October 19th, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

WHERE: 725 River Street, Mamaroneck, NY

Beginning at 4:00 pm, there will be a panel presentation by six former Larchmont Fire Department  Chiefs in the 3-bay garage that is part of the Fire History Committee’s headquarters. Each chief will  briefly describing his most serious incident or other outstanding events during his leadership.

Meet the Rigs and Memorabilia: At 4:45 pm, the Committee will open the back door of the garage to the new Fire History Archive, which includes Engine One and the Chief’s car as well as other significant fire memorabilia and antique equipment.

Meet the Art: At 5:00 pm, there will be an unveiling by the son of the original artist – Mary Hargrave – of the Fire Company Mural, which was restored by the Fire History Committee after it was removed for Village Hall renovations. Mary Hargrave’s portraits are in private collections, and have been shown throughout the Northeast U.S. for more than 40 years.

Also featured will be:

  • Wine, Cheese and Other Refreshments
  • Historical Uniforms
  • Torch-Lit Fire Helmets
  • Historical Videos and Photos of Larchmont
  • Fire Equipment Demonstrations

Suggested Donation $25: All Donations Support the Maintenance of the 1922 Engine One

Sunday, May 18: Ingenious American Inventions

From the Can Opener to Blue Jeans:

Stories of Ingenious American Inventions

Who invented the dishwasher, the windshield wiper, the refrigerator or blue jeans?

Kate KellyKate Kelly, an engaging speaker and successful author, tells the stories behind the inventors of everyday things. You will meet  a multi-cultural group of men and women inventors and gain a sense of how creative people develop better ways to accomplish day-to-day tasks. Kelly knows the stories behind the first bra, the disposable diaper, the Mae West life preserver (vital in WWII) and why our keyboards are in the QWERTY format. Included in her talk will be a few humorous “first steps” like the drunkometer that preceded the Breathalyzer police use today to identify drunk drivers.

(And by they way,  blue jeans were not created by Levi Strauss — his little-known partner actually created the product!)

Speaker: Kate Kelly

Sunday, May 18th

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Larchmont Village Center

(behind the Larchmont Library)

This program is free and open to the public — refreshments will be served.

For information, contact Dee van Eyck at 914-834-0449 or