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PLV50 Gets Roots

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Pleasantville's 50th anniversary continues with a lecture on Westchester County by urban historian Kenneth T. Jackson and the planting of a brand new Copper Beech tree.

Kenneth T. Jackson presents
The Ideal Suburb: The Evolution of Westchester County in the 20th Century
Monday, April 7, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Kessel Student Center, Gottesman Room
In honor of Pace Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary, urban historian and Columbia University Professor Kenneth T. Jackson will join Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman and Dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Nira Herrmann, PhD, for an informative and memorable lecture on the growth and history of Westchester County and Pace’s role in that history. Seating is limited. RSVP by April 3 to

Copper Beech Tree Planting
Wednesday, April 30, 12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
Marks Hall

In 1962, Wayne Marks ’28, vice chairman of the General Foods Corporation, and his wife Helen, donated their sprawling home on Bedford Road in Pleasantville to Pace. This event was the impetus behind Pace’s expansion to Westchester. However, there was one string attached to the gift; an informal understanding that the gigantic copper beech tree near the house would remain undisturbed. Though it remained undisturbed and thriving for the better part of 50 years, the tree had ceased to thrive and had to be removed this past fall. On April 30, we honor the promise we made to the Marks family and recommit Pace to another 50 years in Pleasantville with the planting of a brand new Copper Beech tree.

Senior VP and COO for the Westchester Campus Bill McGrath will lead the ceremony.

And don’t forget: If you are snapping photos and sharing them on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, be sure to use #PLV50!