St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site

Submitted by ub on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 12:35

John Brown, Harriet Beecher Stowe

and the coming of the Civil War,

at National Historic Site in Westchester County

Saturday, April 14

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry were major causes of the Civil War, to be explored in a special talk by acclaimed author and historian David S. Reynolds at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mt. Vernon, on Saturday, April 14, at 2 PM.

The presentation by Dr. Reynolds, a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and marks the 9th annual Aronson Memorial Lecture. Among Professor Reynolds’ publications are, Mightier than the Sword: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and the Battle for America and John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Sparked the Civil War, Killed Slavery, Seeded Civil Rights. The lecture series is named for Fran Aronson, a long time Mt. Vernon resident and devoted volunteer at St. Paul’s in the 1980s and 1990s.

Parking and admission free; refreshments served.

When: Sat., April 14, 2 PM; site is open from noon to 4 PM.

Where: St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY, 914-667-4116;

Directions: Hutchinson River Parkway south to Exit 8, Sandford Blvd., and follow directional signs to the site. Hutchinson River Parkway North, to Exit 9, Wolfe's Lane; right at exit, and right at traffic light, onto Colonial Avenue, which quickly becomes Sandford Blvd. Proceed west on Sandford Blvd (about 3/4 mile, see N.P.S. directional sign and arrow) and make a left onto South Columbus Avenue. Proceed south on Columbus to the site, about 3/4 mile, and left into the St. Paul's driveway.