The White Plains Historical Society

282nd Washington's Birthday Celebration

February 23, 2014 - White Plains, NY.

A surprisingly large crowd gathered outside the Jacob Purdy House on a beautiful, sunny somewhat warmer afternoon to celebrate George Washington's 282nd Birthday at his onetime headquarters in White Plains during the Revolutionary War.

The short outside program included an honor guard led by Trustee Denis Jones, raising of the flag by Revolutionary War period re-enactors and the pledge of allegiance. Our National Anthem was led by Milagros Lecuona. A prayer was led by First Vice President of the Historical Society John Vorperian. President of the Historical Society Rob Hoch presided.

President Hoch acknowledged local politicians Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman David Buchwald, Westchester County Legislator Ben Boykin, Mayor Tom Roach and members of the Common Council Nadine Hunt-Robinson, Milagros Lecuona, and Beth Smayda. President Hoch thanked Historical Society Trustees and Members, White Plains Citizens and everyone else for attending.

Mayor Roach spoke briefly on the importance of the history that played out in our fair city and thanked the Historical Society for its efforts to preserve our heritage.

All were invited to enjoy birthday cake, coffee, and mulled cider.

Our speaker was Barnet Schecter, who spoke to a full house. His topic was: "George Washington's New York: The Battles of 1776 with Maps from his Personal Collection."

Admission was free.

Getting ready...shoveling
Rob Hoch and Denis Jones

Miriam Varian with Zelda and Doris









Pledge of Allegiance
Led by the officers of the White Plains High School Key Club
Louisa Abbott (President), Sara Caputi (Vice President), Lily Wincele (G.O. Representative), Zoe Shannon (G.O. Representative) and Vanessa Verde (Treasurer).

Mission Accomplished

Nadine Hunt-Robinson with the Troops, phographed by...

Denis Jones


First VP John Vorperian introduces our speaker

Our speaker, Barnet Schecter
George Washington's New York: The Battles of 1776 with Maps from his Personal Collection


Photographs by Lou DeGenaro