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Presenting the Rich History of Pelham, NY


















     This Month in Pelham         
History - June 2011
    

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WHAT'S NEW?     VISIT THE HISTORIC PELHAM BLOG ARCHIVE, NOW WITH MORE THAN 1,100 DAILY ARTICLES ABOUT PELHAM HISTORY     

The history of Pelham, New York is rich and exciting.  Thomas Pell, described as a swashbuckling soldier of fortune, purchased the lands that include today's Town of Pelham from the Native Americans on June 27, 1654.  Since then Pelham has been witness to a history that is truly a microcosm of the rich history of the United States.

       This is intended as an educational site celebrating Pelham's history.  It contains the equivalent of 6,000 pages of printed text.  Here, visitors can learn about developments as varied as the Battle of Pelham fought on October 18, 1776 and the Pelhamville Train Wreck on the New Haven Line on December 27, 1885. 

(A Post Card View of Corlies Avenue, Ca. 1915)

Pelham history also can be quite fanciful.  Here, visitors can learn how a rickety trolley operated by an idiosyncratic, but caring, local man named James Bailey inspired "The Toonerville Trolley that Meets all the Trains" -- part of a nationally-syndicated comic strip that ran in about 300 papers for nearly 50 years and brought fame to the little town of Pelham.  Visitors also can read ghost stories and legends.  Visitors can see more than 100 vintage postcard views of Pelham and surrounding areas.   

Visitors can read the text of entire books and chapters of books that deal with the history of Pelham.  Visitors can take a virtual historical tour, explore a timeline of the history of the town, view historical markers and memorials scattered about the area, learn how places in town got their names and even explore links to hundreds of Web sites and Web pages that touch on many facets of Pelham's rich history.  The site includes an archive of the Historic Pelham Daily Blog, published since February 2005,  It contains more than 1,000 brief entries concerning Pelham History.

Scattered throughout this site, as well, are historic photographs and recent photographs of local historic sites.  There is a survey of historic and architecturally-significant buildings, past and present, with photographs of many of the structures

For those who want to explore the history of Pelham further, this Web site can serve as a research reference.  It contains an extensive bibliography of hundreds of books, booklets, pamphlets and papers that deal with the history of the Town. 

(Image to the right shows an oil painting by famed illustrator Edward Penfield depicting the Pelhamville School House.)

The author and publisher of this site welcomes questions about the history of the Town which will be posted along with answers to every extent research and time permit.  If you have a question about the history of the town, please click here to ask it.  

Please explore the site.  There is so much more:

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VISIT THE CATALOGUE OF PELHAM-RELATED PHOTOGRAPHS AND IMAGES IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AMERICAN MEMORIES COLLECTION

 A FASCINATING FEATURE:  HISTORIC PELHAM NEWSPAPERS.

JOIN THE HISTORIC PELHAM ROUNDTABLE!


(The engraving to the left, from the cover of sheet music published in 1876, shows a road coach operated between the Hotel Brunswick (in NYC) and Pelham by Col. Delancey Kane.  The passengers are  engaged in the "Sport of Coaching" on their way to Pelham.
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