|I.S. 52 Inwood Tiger Band on Broadway before their march into Isham Park|
Just down the block in front of the stone entrance gate on Broadway, two mounted NYC Police Officers were in position to lead the parade.
At 11:00am, the parade began, building excitement as it went along the curved path - which began its existence as a carriage drive on the land when it was developed in the early 1850s by the Ferris family - up the steep slope to the level lawns at the top of the park where a stage and chairs had been set up by NYC Parks. On September 28, 1912, this location was still the site of the Isham family residence, which was the anchor of the events on that day.
|Isham residence, Archives of NYC Parks|
|Mr. Brian Moore directs I.S. 52s Inwood Tiger Band in Isham Park|
Then the Heavenly Voices Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Natasha Bracey, sang. The band and chorus then departed as it had arrived, leaving the field open for speakers, other performers, and a variety of activities for children.
For the centennial, Volunteers for Isham Park placed laminated history posters throughout the park to share some of the many news articles and images about Isham Park that have been gathered over the past three years.
|VIP history sign, at the Broadway entrance, describes the historic Mile Post.|
At the time it was given, Isham Park had a transformative effect on Inwood, its neighborhood in northern Manhattan...see the next post for more on Isham Park's Centennial and its history!