Lecture: The Romances of Philipse Manor Hall

February 14, 2024
29 Warburton Ave. Yonkers, NY

The Romances of Philipse Manor Hall

Wednesday, February 14, 2023
7:00 PM | $3-6 in-person, free virtual

Margaret and Frederick. Frederick and Catherine. Eva and Jacobus. Philip and Maria. Frederick II and Joanna. Susannah and Beverly. Frederick III and Elizabeth. Mary and George. Mary and Roger. Rebecca and Lemuel. Over a period of two hundred and fifty years, all these couples had ties to Philipse Manor Hall. In this illustrated talk, historian and author Jean Zimmerman will delve into each couple’s life — with some relationships more romantic than others! — and reveal the times in which they lived.

Speaker Bio:

Jean Zimmerman has published fiction and nonfiction including critically praised titles. Her work is known as much for its lucid storytelling and gripping details as it is for its historical veracity.

Since 2015 she has worked as a Certified Arborist and has broad experience in the tree industry.

Zimmerman’s previous titles include Tailspin (Doubleday, 1995) about intrepid female Navy jet pilots; Raising Our Athletic Daughters (Doubleday, 1998, with Gil Reavill); Made From Scratch (Free Press, 2003), about heroic homemakers; The Women of the House (Harcourt, 2006) about powerhouse fur trader Margaret Hardenbroeck and her Colonial descendants; and Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), which focused on philanthropists I.N. Phelps Stokes and Edith Minturn. In her historical novels, Zimmerman created a fictional heroine from Dutch New York in The Orphanmaster (Viking, 2012); Savage Girl (Viking, 2014) portrayed a Gilded-Age feral child transformed, Pygmalion-style, into a New York City debutante.

An honors graduate of Barnard College, Zimmerman earned an MFA in writing from the Columbia University School of the Arts. She maintains a blog at jeanzimmerman.com. Currently, she serves as an Educator at iconic landmark Ellis Island in New York Harbor. She lives with her husband in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

In-person tickets:

Seating is limited. Call 914-965-4027 or email philipsemanorhall@parks.ny.gov to reserve your spot. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, pay at the door. Friends of Philipse Manor Hall get in free. Join today! Doors open at 6:45 PM. Museum open 10 am to 5 pm.

Virtual Tickets:

Virtual attendance via WebEx is free, but registration is required. Register at the link below.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall marketing project, which was funded by a Park and Trail Partnership Grant through the Environmental Protection Fund in partnership with Parks & Trails New York and NYS Parks.

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