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Farewell Fundraiser for Village Historian Eloise Morgan Sunday, June 11 PDF Print Email


By Nancy Vittorini

May 10, 2017:  In honor of longtime Bronxville resident and village historian Eloise Morgan, who is moving to the West Coast this summer, there will be a farewell fundraiser on Sunday, June 11. The Eloise Morgan Fund for the Bronxville History Center will support archival acquisition, for which there is limited funding in the village budget.

As village historian for the last 18 years, Morgan has responded to endless requests for information, documents, and photographs; organized local history archives; indexed an impressive collection of materials; ensured survival of the collection through archival materials and a climate-controlled system; and introduced digitization technology for global access to vintage local newspapers. During her tenure, Morgan was instrumental in the renovation and expansion of the Bronxville Public Library, including the transformation of the cramped history room into a first-class history center.

She has helped to write, edit, and publish a number of books about Bronxville including, most recently, Out of the Wilderness:  The Emergence of Eastchester, Tuckahoe & Bronxville, NY 1664-2014, a project undertaken in connection with the celebration of Eastchester's 350th anniversary. She was editor-in-chief for Building a Suburban Village, Bronxville, New York, 1998, a book published in conjunction with the Village of Bronxville's centennial celebration. These two volumes are impressive in their depth and focus, their primary research, their collections of photographs, and sources of information.

Morgan also authored a book on the history center's collection of postcards and helped to research and write a book on Lawrence Park, Bronxville's Turn-of-the-Century Art Colony. As president of the Lawrence Park Hilltop Association, she created the plaques that adorn many of the homes. 

The fundraiser is sponsored by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, the Lawrence Park Hilltop Association, Jack and Jane Bierwirth, Si and Vicki FordViji and Janet GeorgeMary MarvinJoe and Erin Saluti, and Bruce and Irena Stern. If you would like to receive more information about the event, please email  CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Eloise Morgan.

Photo by Nancy Vittorini



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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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