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Bronxville Trustees Accept Community Gift to Establish Eloise Morgan Archival Trust Fund Honoring Retiring Village Historian PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

Jun. 14, 2017:  The Bronxville Board of Trustees, at its June 12 meeting, honored retiring village historian Eloise Morgan. Morgan, who has held her appointed position since 1999, and her husband will move to Washington State. 

After presenting Morgan with a gift, Jack Bierwirth, co-chair of The Bronxville Historical Conservancy Board of Directors, presented a check for $15,795 to the village to establish the Eloise Morgan Archival Trust Fund. Bierwirth noted that the funds are a gift from the community. A unanimous vote from the board of trustees officially established the fund.


Mayor Mary Marvin stated that the funds will be used for storage of historical documents, photographs, and records; for the digitizing of photos and records; and to acquire historical documents and items as they become available.

"Eloise had the typical Bronxville experience," Marvin said. "She retired from a Wall Street law firm and, five days later, was asked to join a committee at The Bronxville School. That's the way this village works."

Marvin went on to describe Morgan as someone who has had a positive effect on every corner of the village. She served on the school's long-range planning committee, was president of the Lawrence Park Hilltop Association, worked on the school's magazine, was a member of the Bronxville Elementary School Council, and served on the village's cable television committee. Morgan also worked at Concordia College for ten years.

While president of the Lawrence Park Hilltop Association, Morgan chaired the annual Bronxville Historical Conservancy House Tour for three years and developed a walking tour of the village.

In addition, she edited the book Building a Suburban Village: Bronxville, New York, 1898-1998. Recently, she worked for two years as an editor of and contributor to the book Out of the Wilderness: The Emergence of Eastchester, Tuckahoe & Bronxville, NY, 1664-2014.

While serving as village historian, Morgan doubled the size of what had been the History Room at the Bronxville Public Library to today's History Center.

"You have done your job with such talent and accuracy," Mayor Marvin said. "You held our feet to the fire to do things correctly. I call that the 'Morgan Measure' because it's a high level of doing things right."

"I had a tremendously fun time," Morgan said. She described the job as calling for a "jack of many trades." As well as researching, writing and editing, speaking, leading tours, and managing the History Center, Morgan shared that one of her great joys has been meeting people who are interested in learning about Bronxville and meeting people who have information about the village.

"I thank all of you for appointing me year after year to give me the chance to enjoy myself," Morgan told the trustees. "It has all been something that I could do at my own pace and on my own selected agenda. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me."

Pictured here:  Top:  Mayor Mary Marvin (L) and retiring village historian Eloise Morgan; in text:  Village Administrator Jim Palmer (L) accepting check for Eloise Morgan Archival Trust Fund from Jack Bierwirth (representing The Bronxville Historical Conservancy).

Photos by Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter




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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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