Column: East Bronx History Forum presents local Bronx historian

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The East Bronx History Forum and the Huntington Free Library are pleased to announce the Forum will hold its 170th meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. with a remote Zoom presentation by Stephen Paul DeVillo, a local Bronx historian.

DeVillo will present a fresh look at the October 1776 battle of White Plains and the campaign leading up to it that raged in the present-day Bronx and Westchester County. His talk will reveal some surprising new insights into the actions at Throggs Neck, Pell’s Point, Heathcote Hill and Chatterton Hill. He will show how together these events proved to be a critical moment in which the American Revolution might have been lost, but was instead saved at a crossroads town known as White Plains.

DeVillo is the author of “The Bronx River in History and Folklore” and “The Bowery: The Strange History of New York’s Oldest Street,” as well as his new book “The Battle of White Plains: Washington and Howe in Westchester”.

As we get closer to the date Zoom credentials will be emailed to our members as well as posted on our website:

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season.