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Our Origin Story, 1840s and 50s - Sunday October 6th at 11:30 am

Drawing from our archives and historical documents, parishioner Hadley Miller guides us through the early years of St. James the Less. She’ll cover the Morris and Popham families, the early years of St. James, and what came before.

Early Growth and Challenges, 1860s-1880s - Sunday November 3rd at 11:30 am

The Civil War and Palm Sunday fire presented some of our earliest challenges as a parish.  Parishioner Russell Crane tells us about how the leadership of St. James responded to the issues in the day, making St. James a stronger, more resilient parish.

Special Guest Lecture: Veterans of St. James the Less - Sunday November 10th at 11:30 am

Veteran, researcher, and historian Bill Stump returns to St. James the Less to share with us loads of information about the veterans in our graveyard. This talk will take place in various parts of the graveyard, so dress warmly.

St. James in a New Century, 1890s-1910s - Sunday December 8th at 11:30 am

The new century--our second as a parish--brought significant change to our sleepy, rural parish. Parishioner Toni Lewis walks us through the founding of the Parish Messenger, the first big pandemic of 1918, and … electricity! 

“The Largest Church in Westchester,” 1920s-1949 - Sunday March 9th at 11:30 am

The 1920s-40s brought tremendous change to St. James the Less. Rapidly increasing membership with the addition of the commuter rail necessitated more space for our growing congregation. The additions of the Great Hall, church transepts and chancel under the leadership of Dudley Stroup and Harry Price made St. James more recognizably the church it is today. Scarsdale was “ground zero” for Episcopalianism, making us, for a time, the largest church in Westchester county. Parishioner Russell Grant guides us through this eventful period of our history.

Special Guests Taking a Stance: the Holly Ball Affair, 1950s-1970s - Sunday April 6th at 11:30 am

Parishioner, lifelong area resident, and history teacher John McNally talks to us about one of the most famous events for St. James on a national stage: the rector’s refusal of Communion to the parishioners who denied access of a young Christian man of Jewish parentage to the Scarsdale Golf Club’s annual debutante ball, the Holly Ball. John will be joined by Geff Kempsell, the son of that rector, the Rev. George Kempsell, who remembers the event and its aftermath well, and also local rabbis.

 

St. James Present and Future, 1980s to the Present--and Beyond - Sunday May 4th at 11:30 am

Like the wider Church, St. James has undergone much change in the last several decades. From its more outward stance in the community to its membership contraction, growth, and diversification, come learn about St. James in recent decades and our hopes for its future.