By Erin Saluti, Board Member, The Bronxville Historial Conservancy
Jul. 3, 2019: On June 8, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was awarded the prestigious Sy Schulman Award at the annual meeting and luncheon of the Westchester County Historical Society (WCHS), which was held at the Edith Macy Center in Briarcliff. The award committee selected the “current and prior co-chairs and the board of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy” (BHC) for this honor. The Sy Schulman Award is given to persons and organizations that have a strong commitment to historical research, historic preservation, and/or the teaching of local history and have elevated the public’s appreciation of the rich history of Westchester County. Awardees are nominated for consideration by members of the public.
Patricia Dohrenwend, former director of Westchester County’s Archives and Records Center and a Bronxville resident, nominated the Conservancy for the award. Among the many reasons listed for her nomination, Dohrenwend noted the “Conservancy’s incredible contribution over two decades in promoting our local village’s rich history to an audience that is now multi-generational. The BHC volunteers’ selfless service and tireless efforts have established models of public educational programming in local history for other communities in Westchester and elsewhere to replicate.”
Lifetime BHC co-chairs Marilynn Hill and Bob Riggs; current co-chairs Judy Foley and Bill Zambelli; and past co-chairs Jack Bierwirth, Bill Dowling, Erin Saluti, and Jayne Warman were all present to receive the award. BHC co-chair Judy Foley remarked, “The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is incredibly honored to be the recipient of this distinguished award and to join the highly esteemed group of past honorees. We hope to continue our work, fostering the appreciation of the history and current life of the Village of Bronxville.” Mayor Mary Marvin, who also attended the award presentation in support of the BHC, noted, “The Conservancy’s record of scholarship, commitment, historical respect, and professionalism is truly second to none and a template to follow countrywide.” The mayor continued, “They have enriched the fabric of our village to the core and continue to educate and train all generations to be enlightened and informed stewards of their community.”
Zambelli and Foley receive Sy Schulman Award from the WCHS.
Foley, along with Zambelli, giving remarks upon accepting the award.
The featured speaker for the luncheon was Dr. Brent Glass, director emeritus of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, who spoke about his book, 50 Great American Places, and his recent participation in the creation of the Sing Sing Prison Museum in Ossining.
The award is given in memory of former WCHS trustee Sy Schulman, who was the county’s chief planner and planning commissioner during the 1960s, and had a “significant role in shaping the county we know today. Throughout his life in Westchester, he championed the cause of preserving and promoting the history of the county,” according the WCHS.
The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to record and preserve Bronxville’s history and current life. The BHC furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures, and special events that foster an awareness of the village’s architectural, artistic, and cultural heritage and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies.
Pictured at top: The Bronxville Historical Conservancy current and past co-chairs (L to R): Marilynn Hill, Bill Zambelli, Judy Foley, Bill Dowling, Jack Bierwirth, Erin Saluti, Jayne Warman, and Bob Riggs.
Photos courtesy The Bronxville Historical Conservancy
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