Thanks to Patch user Bob Foley for sending in this announcement:
The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society will host its monthly open house on the topic of Walt Whitman on Sunday, May 6th, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor.
The ongoing program is open free to the public.
Ted Winser, a tour guide at Bear Mountain State Park and Constitution Island, will be costumed as Walt Whitman as he talks about the 19th century poet’s life in the Hudson Valley.
Through the words of Winser, who is a Walt Whitman look-a-like, visitors will learn of Whitman’s love of history and nature walks, trains and steamboats along the Hudson River. And, also of Whitman’s benevolent role during the Civil War.
Whitman, who lived from 1819 to 1892, wrote “Leaves of Grass.” A prominent statue of him stands along the main walkway at the Bear Mountain Trailside Museum and Zoo.
The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at the north end of Locust Avenue next to Old Saint Peter’s Church and cemetery, just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt. For more information, visit: www.vancort.net.