The White Plains Historical Society

278th Washington's Birthday Celebration

February 21, 2010 - White Plains, NY.

A large crowd gathered outside the Jacob Purdy House on a seasonable, sunny afternoon to celebrate George Washington’s 278th Birthday at his onetime headquarters in White Plains during the Revolutionary War.

The day’s program included the arrival of troops, a rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by Robert Thomspon, Dean of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, raising of the flag by Revolutionary War period re-enactors, pledge of allegiance led by First Vice President of the Society John Vorperian, and a tribute to George Washington given by President of the Society Rob Hoch.

President Hoch acknowledged local politicians Mayor Adam Bradley and members of the Common Council Dennis Power, Ben Boykin, Milagros Lecuona, and David Buchwald. He thanked Historical Society Trustees and Members, White Plains Citizens and everyone else for attending. All were invited inside for birthday cake, cookies, mulled cider and other refreshments served by gracious volunteers. A scavanger hunt for kids was hosted by Trustee Patti and daughter Tara Indelicato. Everyone enjoyed the festivities.

Admission was free.

Birthday Cake

Video: Troops Arriving


Flag Raising

Star Spangled Banner
Robert Thompson

Pledge of Allegiance


Ben Boykin, Adam Bradley, Dennis Power, David Buchwald

Tribute to George Washington
Rob Hoch, President White Plains Historical Society

Mission Accomplished

City of White Plains
Colonials and Citizens


Pat Callahan

Gift Shop
John Vorporian, Ray Indelicato

Kids with cake!

Patti Indelicato, Dennis Power, Ben Boykin


Photographs by Lou DeGenaro and Rob Hoch