Elsie Janise

Elsie was born in Irvington, New York but was raised in Tarrytown. Ever since she was young she wanted to be on Broadway. She finally achieved her goal and, in her 20’s, she was a flap dancer on stages every where in New York. Some of her shows were right here in Tarrytown at the Music Hall. A flapper, as some people called them, were young women, especially ones of the 1920’s, who showed disdain for conventional dress and behavior. This was what Elsie was doing. When she was older and had done what she wanted to do with her life, she moved to Florida for the warmer climate.


William L. Morse

William was another person who grew up in the Tarrytowns. Morse is included because he performed in shows at the Music Hall. One interesting show had William as Master of ceremonies. This was a play from the early nineteen-hundreds and most of the characters in the play were acted out by men, even female characters. I think this was due to the fact that women then were only supposed to be at home, not outside the home making money.


The Pinkster Festival

This Historic carnival celebrates the African and Dutch traditions of the Hudson Valley region’s early 18th century occupants.

The Pinkster Festival announces the arrival of spring in the Hudson River with a colorful explosion of music, dance, and revelry.

It started out as a Dutch tradition at Philipsburg Manor in which there would be dance and games and a day off from farm work. They would also let their slaves off from work and the slaves would dance and have fun, making it an African tradition, also.

The Pinkster Festival was reenacted May 17 & 18 at Philipsburg Manor. The festivities included unique presentations of traditional African and Dutch dances, African story-telling and demonstrations of traditional

African instruments. It was a wonderful weekend for the whole family.

Picture from the Pinkster Festival




Washington Irving

When Washington Irving was a young boy, he used to write in a journal. When he was much older, people used to collect Washington’s writings and read it a great deal. News writers used to mention Irving's writings on the radio and people used to sit and listen. When the British burned Washington, Washington Irving made a army to protect the town. They called Irving "Commander Washington Irving." Today, people come to see Washington Irving’s house, his cottage, and more. They also learn a lot about Irving. His best friend, John Paulding and he used to do everything together. Irving protected the town he lived in so well that they named a school after him. The school's name is Washington Irving Intermediate School.


Mark Twain

When Mark Twain was young, he took medicine. His mother had pain killers for him to take, but he used to run away because he never liked the taste. He gave the pain killers to his cat and, then, the cat jumped out the window and went crazy. From then on, he never liked pain killers. When he was bored, most of the time he made a journal. In that journal, he wrote about things that went on in the Tarrytowns. He wrote about anything he heard and then made it into a newspaper. He wrote in that journal everyday. When Mark Twain became much older, people from the radio read Mark Twain's work,which he did when he was a young boy. They heard about it on the radio and read about it in the newspaper. Everybody loved everything that he wrote. Then, he became a very popular writer. His real name is Samuel Clemens.

Mark Twain and his home, located in Tarrytown.


Wally Buxton & Jeff Canning

People always loved Wally Buxton and Jeff Canning because they used to write wonderful stories and articles. They wrote in newspapers and people always enjoyed it or people always were sad. They were the best partners in Tarrytown and also the best story and article writers in the Tarrytowns. They used to write about everything, such as funny stories, interesting stories, loving stories, and sometimes sad stories about the things that were happening in the Tarrytowns. They used to write about famous people, what’s good and bad about the Tarrytowns and much more. Jeff Canning has a degree in writing and was valedictorian in his class at Sleepy Hollow H.S.


Aranka Siegal

Aranka Siegal has a degree in social anthropology and, for a year was host of a radio show in which she read anthropology vignettes based on the many cultures she has lived in. When she was young her mother used to send her to the Burgesses to spend the summer with her grandmother and grandfather in Komjaty. Aranka Siegal was going to move to America with her father and mother. She put her most important things in a box. Today, Aranka Siegal still has the things that she brought from Komjaty. She had a book published telling about her life is called " Grace in the Wilderness". She also has another book called "Upon the Head of the Goat." The books tell about when she lived in Komjaty and about her life in America.




Asher B. Durand

Asher B. Durand was raised in a long settle area in New Jersey. Durand had an apprenticeship with Peter Maverick for five years. After his five year term, Durand became the sole partner of his former master, who was an engraver. In 1820, their partnership dissolved but Durand had his future was well planned. After completing the large plate of John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence (1820-1823), Durand devoted himself toward book illustrating and portrait-engraving from paintings of famous artists. Durand became a professional painter and painted portraits that dominated his exhibitions at the National Academy from 1833-1837. Durand also received encouragement from Luman Reed. Durand came to the landscape areas of the Tarrytown’s and he painted many portraits of the Hudson. It was said that he was one of the founders of the Hudson School of Art.


Albert Bierstat

Albert Bierstat was born January 7,1830 in Solingen, Germany. Bierstat came to New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1832. When Albert was growing up his father didn’t think that he was talented and he opposed Albert becoming an artist. After high school, Albert earned a living by teaching art. Albert Bierstat was long forgotten until he painted a site which is now Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Albert built a studio where he taught again, students. Albert painted at the Hudson School of Art and painted portraits that took up an entire wall. One of Albert’s most dramatic works is "Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie, 1866,Oil on canvas." These portraits were missing for many years but were found in an estate in England in 1979. The Brooklyn Museum acquired his portraits and used it in its art show to bring back the memory of Albert Bierstat.


The Hudson River School for Artists

The Hudson River School for Artists is really a landscape where artists get their inspiration to beautiful portraits for landscapes. The Hudson River school was founded by Thomas Cole while he was wandering up the Hudson River. Others followed him to find inspiration to paint portraits and canvases. The Hudson River School for Artists is called that because it deals with those learning to paint for the first time.


Produced By Joćo, George, and Jeancarlo



Information for all subjects, Performers through Artists, was received from the Historical Society located on Grove Street in Tarrytown.