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Bronxville Historian to Speak About Bronxville and World War I PDF Print Email

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By Suzanne Pratt Davis, Member, Board of Directors, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy


Apr. 17, 2019:  The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is thrilled to announce a public lecture on Bronxville and World War I by village historian Raymond Geselbracht on May 5 at 4:00 pm at the Bronxville Public Library. “Bronxville’s World War I—Service at Home and Abroad During the Great War, 1914-1918” will be presented by Geselbracht using photographs and documents from the Bronxville History Center.

“The biggest surprise I encountered during my research on Bronxville and World War I was the way in which a war, which started with an assassination in Bosnia, reached so powerfully 4,000 miles across the world into the lives of the people of the little village of Bronxville,” said Geselbracht. In the lecture, he plans to detail the stories of Bronxville men who fought in Europe during the Great War as well as the efforts of Bronxville women on the home front.

For more than two decades, Geselbracht worked at the Harry S. Truman Library as special assistant to the director and as a supervisory archivist. Prior to those positions, Geselbracht was an archivist with the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Materials Project and an archivist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.

Geselbracht is the co-editor, with David Acheson, of Affection and Trust: The Personal Correspondence of Harry S. Truman and Dean Acheson (2010). He has also penned numerous articles on the personal lives of Harry and Bess Truman, including “The Love Story of Harry and Bess Truman,” (White House Studies, 2001) and “Harry Truman, Poker Player” (Prologue, 2003).

In 1973, Geselbracht received his doctorate in American history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville Historical Conservancy 

 
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Bronxville Overview

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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