Hi, I’m Ben Himmelfarb, the librarian responsible for local history. Since joining WPPL in October 2014, I have sought to increase access to and use of the White Plains Collection through research assistance, improved finding aids, and engaging programs. I value connecting patrons with historical materials and fostering the creation of historical knowledge. White Plains is a fascinating city. It is a crossroads for Westchester County and a great location for examining the local manifestations of broad historical trends and events. White Plains was the setting for important events in diverse circumstances- from European colonization and the Revolutionary War to public education reform and urban renewal projects. I am interested in supporting people’s research interests in any area. My research interests include urban renewal, social justice movements, and Dutch colonial history.