The Yorktown Landmarks Preservation Commission has announced the winners of two raffles held over the past few months in association with community events. The commission is an all-volunteer, town-appointed group whose mission is to celebrate, preserve and protect historic structures within the community, and raffle prizes were specially planned to showcase the history of the town.

Commission members manned a booth at the town’s San Gennaro Festival in September, and held a raffle for an original, framed 1864 DeBeers map of Yorktown donated by Bob Giordano, president of Yorktown’s Small Business Association. The winner of the map was Joefon Jann.

In October, at the Yorktown Festival and Street Fair, the commission sponsored another raffle featuring a selection of books on Yorktown’s history and culture, which was won by Tom McLaughlin. Included in McLaughlin’s prize were: “Images of America, Yorktown” by Linda Cooper and Alice Roker; “Yorktown, Postcard History Series” by Linda Cooper, Adele Hobby, John Tegeder and Susan Hacke-Lane; and a monograph on the noted Yorktown artist Wallace Putnam by Francis Naumann.

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The Yorktown Landmarks Preservation Commission is always seeking applicants for traditional Landmarking or the Homes of Historic Distinction Program. To qualify, homes must have historical significance based on age, architectural style, past ownership, or association with a person or event important to Yorktown’s history. Through the program, plaques designating the basic facts about each house’s history are fabricated and installed on or around the home. The commission will work with each homeowner on appropriate wording for the plaque and will assist in research. The cost for the application and the plaque is $100. Applications are available online at or by emailing

The Yorktown Landmarks Preservation Commission would like to acknowledge the valuable assistance of Signs Ink of Yorktown in the design, preparation and production of Homes of Historic Distinction signage.