County Historical Society Celebrates Parks
and Recreation Month

America’s First County Park System: the 100th Anniversary of the Westchester Park Commission, will be presented by the Westchester County Historical Society on Thursday, July 14th at 5:30 pm, via Zoom. WCHS Co-Director and New Rochelle City Historian Barbara Davis will discuss the extensive network of open space, natural oases, scenic roadways, and the abundant areas for recreation that the 1922 Westchester Park Commission established within its first decade.



Beginning with the Bronx River Parkway Commission and resulting in the amassing of thousands of acres of property enjoyed today, the program is richly illustrated with images from the collections of WCHS and the County Archives collections.  A fitting way to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month! To register for the virtual program:

or visit the WCHS website:, or contact Barbara Davis by email: or phone: (914) 231-1437.


Established in 1874, the Westchester County Historical Society is one of the oldest historical societies in America and the only organization that collects and promotes the county-wide history of Westchester. The Society’s comprehensive and accessible collection of books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, maps and atlases, and images pertaining to the history and genealogy of Westchester County is housed in the state-of-the art temperature- and humidity-controlled environment of the Westchester County Records Center located at 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford.