Lincoln Depot Museum Opening Weekend

Lincoln Depot Museum Opening Weekend

  • 3 days of events, presentations, soldier encampment and demonstrations
    • General US Grant will be present on Friday evening and all day Sunday
  • A Ribbon Cutting will be held Saturday morning for the newly finished Lincoln Depot Visitor’s Center

The Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill, NY announces the kick-off of the 2019 season with three days of events planned for April 26, 27 and 28th. The three days will include interesting lectures by nationally known historians, encampment on the museum grounds by Civil War reenactors, demonstrations and drills by the troops, and a visit from General US Grant on Friday and Sunday.

A special feature of the weekend will be the official ribbon cutting of the newly completed Lincoln Depot Visitor’s Center on the museum site. The City of Peekskill will turn over the operation of the new building that will complete the re-development of this unique historic site that began with grants to purchase the property in 2003. The historic depot structure was restored and has contained the completed museum since 2014. The Lincoln Depot Visitor’s Center is a new structure that will house the museum offices, additional displays, a small gift shop and an open meeting room to hold events. Funding for the entire project (Depot building, Visitor’s Center and grounds) came from NY State grants in 2006 under then Governor George Pataki. The Lincoln Depot Foundation will operate the Visitor’s Center as part of its site lease with the City of Peekskill and look to partner with local organizations to bring new events and experiences to the community. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11 am on Saturday, April 27th and will include local, county and state representatives.

Weekend Events:

Friday, April 26, 2019 • 7:30 PM – ($5 Admission for event, included in Weekend Pass)

Professional Living Historian Kenneth J. Serfass (USMC Ret.) will provide a first-person portrayal of General US Grant and will present a rare glimpse into the personal relationship that developed between Grant and President Abraham Lincoln. The two men sustained each other for what was to come before the surrender of confederate armies, and that shared responsibility built a profound bond between two like-minded men regarding fairness and humanity towards a vanquished foe.   It’s not always told in battle reports and dispatches, but the stories of friends go much deeper sometimes.

Serfass will return as General Grant on Sunday to be on the museum grounds all day to review the troops, spend time in the camp and be on hand for small group or individual discussions and photos with visitors.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – ($10 Admission for day, included in Weekend Pass)

Historian at Appomattox Court House National Park, Patrick A. Schroeder, will offer a series of presentations over the weekend. As a Civil War Historian and Author, Schroeder will give insight into the various Zouave units that served during the Civil War, including the famous unit formed by Lincoln favorite Elmer Ellsworth. On both Saturday and Sunday, Schroeder will present his research on the facts and myths associated with Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox.

Elmer Ellsworth and Abraham Lincoln • 12 PM

Lincoln and the Surrender at Appomattox • 2 PM

Zouaves and Peekskill Connections • 3 PM

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – ($10 Admission for day, included in Weekend Pass)

Historian Patrick Schroeder returns to the Lincoln Depot Museum to continue his fascinating research and insight to the Civil War Zouaves and Lee’s surrender to Grant.

Lincoln and the Surrender at Appomattox • 1 PM

Zouaves, America’s Forgotten Soldiers • 2 PM

General Grant (Ken Serfass) will be on site from 1-4 PM for small group/individual interaction and photographs.

Admission for the Weekend Events:

Admission for Friday’s event is $5.00, Saturday and Sunday’s admission is $10 which includes all events of the day. A special discounted weekend pass can be purchased for $20.00 on Friday evening or online at the Lincoln Depot Museum website. Admission for museum members is free to all events and $5.00 each day for Children under 12.

For further details of all events or to purchase a discounted Weekend Pass visit


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Hon. John G. Testa

The Hon. John G. Testa served as the mayor of the City of Peekskill for three terms before being elected to his current position as County Legislator. A life long Peekskill resident, he also served on numerous nonprofit boards including two terms as President of the Lincoln Society in Peekskill, one of the oldest in the nation, and on the board of Westchester Community College.

Historic preservation and celebrating America’s history have played an important role in all of Testa’s adult life. He has served as a Revolutionary War reenactor with the 1st New York Regiment of the Brigade of the American Revolution for over 40 years.

As a Common Council Member and later Mayor of the City of Peekskill, he played a fundamental role in securing the property the Depot resides on and in getting the grants from the Empire State Development Corporation and the New York State Department of Environmental Protection that have financed its transformation. Now, in his role as President of the Lincoln Depot Museum Foundation, he is dedicated to not only completing the physical side of the project but to establishing a nationally-recognized organization that will sustain itself for the foreseeable future.

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Brian D. Caplan, Esq

Mr. Caplan has more than 26 years’ experience litigating a broad range of entertainment, intellectual property and commercial matters. His clients have included recording artists and producers, publishing companies, record labels, personal managers, business management, accounting firms, professional athletes, and dealers in fine art. He is a member of the Westchester County and New York State Bar associations, the Copyright Society of the United States, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and the Friar’s Club. He is an avid collector of Lincoln, Civil War and baseball related photography.

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Hon. Catherine E. Pisani

Hon. Cathy Pisani, a life-long resident of Peekskill, has served the community most notably as a City of Peekskill Common Council Member/Deputy Mayor for sixteen years and a Peekskill High School educator for thirty-six years. She has enthusiastically participated in various and diverse areas of civic life, including her current Board Memberships: Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Foundation, the Lincoln Society in Peekskill and the Executive Committee of the Retired Teachers/Peekskill Faculty Association.

Cathy Pisani’s energies and commitments over the years have focused on Peekskill’s improved economic growth and development through such boards as Peekskill’s Industrial Development Agency, Youth Board, Human Relations Commission and the Paramount Center for the Arts. Currently, she is a member of Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce and Peekskill Museum.

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Jeffrey Sweet

Jeffrey Sweet is a lifelong resident of the area, and has been involved in many civic organizations for his entire adult life.  He has a diploma from Syracuse University, and directed Labor Relations at the Westchester Medical Center for many years.  Thereafter, he was Vice Chair of the NY State Workers Compensation Board until his retirement.

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Andrew F. Amenn

Andrew F. Amenn, a resident of Yorktown Heights, NY, is currently a Corporate Vice President in the Finance Department of New York Life Insurance Company (New York Life”).  Andrew has spent nearly twenty-four years at New York Life in multiple controllership roles; with his primary responsibilities covering oversight for financial statement preparation and the creation of management financial reports.

Following the events of September 11, 2001, Andrew joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY where he served as an Infantryman.

Andrew served two tours of duty with the 10th Mountain Division as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and he saw service in Fallujah and Iskandariya (September 2003-2004) and Iraq’s capital, Baghdad (August 2005- January 2006).  After six months, his second tour was cut short when he was wounded by gunfire while on patrol.

Andrew graduated from St. John’s University, with a BS Accounting, he also graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, with an M.A. in History.  Andrew is also a member and Finance Officer of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 21, representing Westchester and Putnam counties.

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Barbara Kerasiotes

A life-long resident of Peekskill, Barbara Kerasiotes has dedicated her life to serving, and bettering, her community — both in her vocation as an educator as well as on the boards of numerous civic and cultural organizations.

As a long-time Board member and past President of the Lincoln Society in Peekskill, during her presidency she spearheaded the fundraising efforts to restore and renovate the almost century-old historic Lincoln Exedra on South Street, overseeing the project from inception to completion.

Barbara has been an educator and guidance counselor in the Lakeland School District since 1991; while serving on various school and district committees over the years, she has also been a member of the Westchester College Conference Board of Governors as well as a member and panel moderator for the BOCES Northern Westchester/Putnam College Conference for the last twenty-seven years.

A co-founder and Officer of the Westchester Hellenic Association, she has also served as the Director of its Afternoon Greek School for the last eighteen years.

Barbara has donated her time and expertise to many other causes, including serving as a trustee of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, serving on the Executive Board of the Paramount Center for the Arts, and a member of the Rotary’s Lapolla Scholarship Committee.

She holds three degrees: a B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing and English Literature from Mercy College; an M.S. in Counseling from Fordham University; and an M.S. Ed. in School Administration from College of New Rochelle.

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Paul R. Martin III

Yorktown resident Paul R. Martin III is a professional historical artist, illustrator and art teacher in the Pearl River School District. He received his BA in art from Southampton College and his MA in Drawing from Long Island University. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited throughout the New York Metropolitan area for the past 20 years. His original art and prints are on permanent display at the R. E. Lee Civil War Research Center and Library, The Civil War Library and Museum of Philadelphia, The Pentagon, the United States Congressional Building, West Point, and hundreds of private collections throughout the country.

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