The White Plains Historical Society

Annual Dinner 2008

May 1, 2008 - White Plains, NY.

The 19th Annual Dinner Event, held on May 1st at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, attracted our area’s honorable city, county, state and national political leaders and dignitaries. In attendance were Westchester County Legislator Bill Ryan, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, and White Plains Common Council members Tom Roach and Milagros Lecuona. The Citizen Extraordinaire Award was conferred to Dr. Judith Higgins.

President Robert Hoch presided. An honor guard comprised of Revolutionary War re-enactors carried in the flag. 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.

Vice President John Vorperian presented the Nominating Committee's report for officers and trustees, which was unanimously accepted.

The guest speaker was Dr. Roger Panetta, Professor of History at Fordham University, Curator of Fordham University Libraries' Hudson River Collection, and an Adjunct Curator for History at the Hudson River Museum. Dr. Panetta spoke on the “1909 Hudson-Fulton Tercentennial Celebration.”

Revolutionary War re-enactors

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem, played by Suzanne Hoch

Sister Alice Feeley, R. D. C., President, Sisters of the Divine Compassion offers prayer

Jack and Peg Harrington

Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society

Youngest colonial

Trustee Dan Haines introduces Citizen Extraordinaire

Citizen Extraordinaire Dr. Judith Higgins

President Rob Hoch presents Citizen Extraordinaire Award to Dr. Higgins

Director of the Westchester County Archives and Records Center Patricia Dohrenwend introduces Dr. Panetta

Dr. Panetta giving his presentation on the 1909 Hudson-Fulton Tercentennial Celebratrion

Photographs by KLP Inc.