The White Plains Historical Society

Annual Dinner 2007

May 3, 2007 - White Plains, NY.

The 18th Annual Dinner Event, held on May 3rd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, attracted our area’s honorable city, county, state and national political leaders and dignitaries. Citizen Extraordinaire Award was conferred to two deserving individuals: Nancy Wallace and Isabel Villar.

For the first time, this year’s event included student and faculty representatives from Good Counsel Academy, Stepinac and White Plains High Schools. There was a special remembrance to our men and women in the armed forces by Members of the Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester County.

The guest speaker was Pulitzer Prize winning author David Hackett Fischer who spoke on “George Washington’s Leadership of the Continental Army in the War of Independence.”

Signing in

History books for sale

Guy Terhune with Fischer's book

Jeff Rainer

Colleen Sidley and Patti Indelicato

Natalie LaFace and Andy Spano

Isabel Villar, Barbara Carlson and Judith Aucar

Leogrande and Yanofsky

Kitty and Peter Stone with David Hackett and Judy Fischer

Roseanna Washington and Nancy Lubell

Outgoing President Robert Friedman

Jack Harrington

Barbara Carlson

White Plains High School's Ronald Johnson (student) and David Roher (teacher)

Stepinac High School's Paul Carty (principal) and Najee Stephenson (student)

Good Counsel High School's Silvana Vitiello (student) and Melissa Tillson (teacher)

Rev. Robert A. Everett

Police Emerald Society of Westchester County

Special Remembrance

Historic reenactors

Jack Harrington and Ray Indelicato

School table

President Robert Hoch

Vice President John Vorperian

Hon. Pauline Oliva

Andy Spano speaks to the audience

Nancy Wallace, Isabel Villar and Hon. Robert Friedman

Citizens Extraordinaire with Adam Bradley

Bill Ryan

Citizens Extraordinaire Nancy Wallace and Isabel Villar

Hon. Roseanna H. Washington

Pulitzer Prize winning author David Hackett Fischer

Listening to Dr. Fischer

May 4, 2007 - White Plains, NY.
On May 4, Pulitzer Prize winning author David Hackett Fischer -- the guest speaker at the previous night’s Annual Dinner Event -- toured the grounds of the Jacob Purdy house and other historic sites of the Battle of White Plains. Because this battle was fought between the Continental Army’s defeat in New York City and its victory, just weeks later, at Trenton, Dr. Fischer hypothesized that it was at the Battle of White Plains that General Washington began employing his collaborative approach to leadership that proved so effective in the War of Independence.

Jack Harrington, Barbara Carlson, David Hackett Fischer at Purdy House

Jack Harrington, Barbara Carlson, David Hackett Fischer at Purdy House

Jack Harrington, David Hackett, Judy Fischer, Barbara Carlson at Battle Hill Park

Jack Harrington and David Hackett Fischer Study Battle Hill Map

Photographs by Paula Markowitz Wittlin ( and Rod Carlson