News from Peekskill’s Field Library on a donation of historic documents it received from the Catharine Field Home:
In celebration of their historic founding 125 years ago, The Field Library, Peekskill, NY and The Catharine Field Home, Cortlandt Manor, NY are pleased to announce the donation by the Catharine Field Home board trustees of a unique catalogued collection of historic documents about the residents of Field Home from 1887 through 1987.
Both Field Home and The Field Library were founded in 1887 as gifts to the Peekskill community by the Field family. At the time, Peekskill had several small subscription libraries located throughout the village but no central library, nor a home for the aged.
Many of the residents of Field Home came from the surrounding areas. Contained in these files are resident histories, as well as, records of an important Hudson Valley institution. The resident records are genealogical and family history treasures of these Westchester women. Many lived until their deaths at Field Home. Beginning last May, two archivists were employed to catalog the paperwork for the 400 women who were residents at Field Home from 1887 to 1987.
Preserving and continuing its historic mission to provide high quality care to the elderly, Field Home has begun marketing a new independent living facility, Stone Ridge at Fieldhome. The original building will be reduced to one wing to make way for new housing to meet contemporary standards. The interior of the neo-classical building will undergo upgrades but maintain its familiar facade.
Members of the Field family gathered last June to celebrate their 250th anniversary in Westchester County. They visited The Field Library and The Field Home to celebrate the 125th anniversaryof both institutions.
The Field Library will soon make the materials accessible on-line to the public. For more information on The Field Library Local History Collection, the Colin T. Naylor, Jr. Archives, contact Kim Stucko at 914-737-5499.