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Pace Hosts Historian Kenneth Jackson To Discuss Westchester's History

Pace University hosted renowned historian Kenneth T. Jackson for a lecture on the evolution of Westchester.
Pace University hosted renowned historian Kenneth T. Jackson for a lecture on the evolution of Westchester. Photo Credit: Contributed

PLEASANTVILLE – Renowned historian and history professor Kenneth T. Jackson spoke at Pace University's Pleasantville campus at the culminating academic event of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration of Pace in Westchester.

In a discussion of the growth and history of Westchester County, Jackson said, “You can’t do much better than Westchester County as a place to live and make a living.”

“Some of the best schools in the nation are right here,” Jackson added. “Westchester has cheap gas. You don’t think it’s cheap until you go somewhere else. We have wood in abundant supply and the means to build inexpensively. Much of the rest of the world doesn’t.”

Jackson reflected on Westchester in the 19th century, which started as an agricultural area, and later shifted to an industrial area with 500 manufacturing companies in the 1880's.

“Lectures like this have been a great way to involve our neighbors in our 50th anniversary and intellectual life,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman.

“Our year-long celebration has been very successful. And in the middle of it all we broke ground last October to signal the project to modernize this campus and create an exciting new future for Pace University in Pleasantville. The first residence hall and the athletic facilities will be completed a year from this fall.”

The event was coordinated by Pace historian and professor Marilyn Weigold, chair of the heritage subcommittee of Pace Westchester’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Nira Herrmann, dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, offered remarks and an introduction for the premiere screening of “50 Years, 50,000 Stories – The History of Pace,” a documentary film.

The video was filmed, produced and edited by undergraduate student filmmakers under the guidance of their professor, Maria Luskay, PhD, in the media, communications and visual arts program at Pace.

To view the video, click here.

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