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December 19, 2013

Programs on DeLancey-Cooper House to be broadcast

By Bera Dunau Staff Writer
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Two television programs on the DeLancey-Cooper House, and the efforts to save it, will be broadcast on television in Westchester County this month. 

“We are trying to save a very historic house,” said Carol Akin, who is leading the effort to preserve the structure.

The DeLancey-Cooper House, located in the Westchester Community of Mamaroneck, was where author James Fenimore Cooper married his wife, Susan DeLancey, in 1811. The house was owned by DeLancey’s family and Cooper and his wife lived with them there off and on for several years. Cooper, author of the “Last of the Mohicans,” began his writing career at the DeLancey-Cooper House, a pursuit his wife encouraged.

The house is currently on the market, and Mamaroneck area preservationists worry that it will be demolished if a buyer is found. So they are trying to raise money to either move the house, or buy the property outright. These actions would cost $350,000 and over $2 million respectively, with the purchase option being strongly preferred by the campaign’s organizers, according to Akin.

The two television programs highlighting the house and the preservation campaign are “Know Your Neighbors” and “DeLancey-Cooper Gala.”

“Know Your Neighbors,” features a tour of and discussion on the DeLancey-Cooper House. It airs Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“DeLancey-Cooper Gala” immediately follows “Know Your Neighbors,” and is a broadcast of a benefit held at the Larchmont Shore Club on Oct. 3 to raise money to save the house. The benefit raised $10,000 for the cause, which is about what the campaign currently has in its coffers, according to Akin.

“We feel that the word got out to the people that can best spread it,” said Akin, who said that the goal of the gala was to attract the attention of prominent local donors.

Akin noted that numerous local government officials, as well as Mamaroneck’s State Senator and Assemblyman had attended the gala, and said that the gala had successfully achieved its purpose of raising the campaign’s profile.

She also said that there were no major bids for the property at the moment, but that that could change. 

The two programs will be broadcast through the month of December. Those outside the broadcast area can watch the programs at lmc-tv.org. The program director of LMC -TV can be reached by calling 914-381-2002.

Support for the effort from the Cooperstown area is being sought by Akin, a middle school teacher and part time resident of Cooperstown. Those wanting to contribute or to find out more can call 914-834-2983 or email Akin400@aol.com.