Ardsley Historical Society

Ardsley Historical Society History of Ardsley, Westchester County, New York.

02/10/2024

Do you know that Ardsley was originally known as Ashford and it had three pickle factories? Peter Marcus, President of Ardsley Historical Society, visited second graders in Mrs. Rogovic's class via Zoom, shared his knowledge about Ardsley's history and encouraged students to think like historians.

Today, we are honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. We commemorate his contributions to the civil rights movemen...
01/15/2024

Today, we are honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. We commemorate his contributions to the civil rights movement and strive to continue his dream of a more inclusive society.

EVENT POSTPONED: Please join us Sunday, October 29th, from 12:00 to 5:00 PM at Pascone Park to celebrate Italian America...
10/05/2023

EVENT POSTPONED: Please join us Sunday, October 29th, from 12:00 to 5:00 PM at Pascone Park to celebrate Italian American Heritage. The Ardsley Historical Society will have a table at the event. We look forward to seeing you!

Remembering 9/11: On this solemn day, the Ardsley Historical Society joins our nation in honoring the lives lost and the...
09/11/2023

Remembering 9/11: On this solemn day, the Ardsley Historical Society joins our nation in honoring the lives lost and the heroes who emerged during the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We pay our most profound respects to the innocent victims, the courageous first responders, and the resilient spirit of unity that defined that day. As we commemorate the 22nd anniversary, let us never forget. 🇺🇸

Please join us for an in-person program on Mary Calvi's new novel, If a Poem Could Live & Breathe: A Novel of Teddy Roos...
09/07/2023

Please join us for an in-person program on Mary Calvi's new novel, If a Poem Could Live & Breathe: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt's First Love. We will also be holding our annual public business meeting to review the past year's activities and what is planned for the future. Embark on a journey through time with us! This enchanting story delves into Teddy Roosevelt's first love, offering a unique perspective on his early life. There may be a chance to connect with the author and perhaps even enjoy a signing. Secure your spot today for this enthralling experience! Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 2:00 PM

Ardsley Community Center, 18 Center Street, Ardsley, NY 10502

Step into the captivating world of "If a Poem Could Live & Breathe A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt’s First Love" by Mary Calvi.

08/13/2023

We regret to inform you that Aleta Reid passed away on Thursday (August 10, 2023) at 103 years old. In her younger days she was very active in our Historical Society as an officer. She was our longest dues paying member and she enjoyed reading our newsletters and calendar. Her obituary, can be accessed using the link attached to this post.

This year Aleta paid for 3 military tribute banners (for her father and her two brothers). These banners will be on display at her memorial service on Monday.

Visitation will be held at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home on Sunday (August 13, 2023) from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM). A memorial service will be held on Monday (August 14, 2023) starting at 10:00 am also at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home.

Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home64 Ashford AvenueDobbs Ferry, NY 10522

The funeral will follow at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Sincerely,
Ardsley Historical Society Board of Directors

For the 4th of July we are providing your summer reading with a nearly 50 page illustrated Timepiece covering 250 years ...
07/04/2023

For the 4th of July we are providing your summer reading with a nearly 50 page illustrated Timepiece covering 250 years of American and Ardsley history which can be accessed by visiting (https://tinyurl.com/5yw5ve7w).

If you have not visited our website recently, we are making available to the entire Ardsley community our Winter 2015 article on the Ardsley Girl Scouts who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. Visit (https://tinyurl.com/46e4d655) to access.

Our entire collection of newsletters, The Beacon, and The Timepieces are now fully searchable in the “searchable database” link under the dropdown menu under The Beacon entry on our home page. Visit (https://tinyurl.com/ywbfctan) to access.

Additional Ardsley newspapers such as The Masterson Press from the 1960s and the Ardsley Sun from the 1950s are being digitized and will be added to our searchable collection.

Happy Independence Day from the Board of Directors of the Ardsley Historical Society.

Sincerely,
Ardsley Historical Society Board of Directors

The Ardsley Historical Society hopes that members of our community will attend this year’s Memorial Day parade and servi...
05/29/2023

The Ardsley Historical Society hopes that members of our community will attend this year’s Memorial Day parade and service, today beginning at 10:00 AM at Pascone Park.

The link here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLYZJ9iccxg&feature=youtu.be) will take you to the Ardsley Historical Society’s video of Ardsley’s 2010 Memorial Day parade and service. The movie includes most of those who marched in the parade, which began at Park Avenue and ended in Ashford Park, with people of all ages (including toddlers) lining Ashford Avenue and features the nearly 25 veterans (including ten living veterans from World War II). A solemn service remembering the 14 young men from the Ardsley School District who made the supreme sacrifice during World War II is followed by more images of attendees and a final remembrance.

Please join us for an in-person program on The History Making Partnership of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, the Men ...
04/24/2023

Please join us for an in-person program on The History Making Partnership of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, the Men Who Broke Baseball’s Color Barrier, on Sunday, May 7, 2023, beginning at 2 PM at the Ardsley Community Center. We will also be holding our annual public business meeting to review the past year’s activities and what is planned for the future. Pre-registration is required.

On Sunday, May 7, 2023, John Vorperian will present a program about The History Making Partnership of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey.

On Saturday, April 15, 2023, the Ardsley Historical Society attended the Ardsley Little League Parade. Below are photos ...
04/17/2023

On Saturday, April 15, 2023, the Ardsley Historical Society attended the Ardsley Little League Parade. Below are photos of the team, their jerseys, and our table at the event. Best of luck to our team!

Please join us for an in-person program on The Great Hunger Memorial in Ardsley TODAY, Sunday, March 19, 2023, beginning...
03/19/2023

Please join us for an in-person program on The Great Hunger Memorial in Ardsley TODAY, Sunday, March 19, 2023, beginning at 2 pm at the Ardsley Fire House. The chair of the committee that spearheaded the effort to create the memorial will lead the program. In addition to discussing the historical events that led to the Great Hunger beginning in the 1840s, you will learn how the memorial came to be, the design process, and its significance for 21st-century citizens. Pre-Registration is required.

On Sunday, March 19, 2023, James. J. Houlihan will present a program about the Great Hunger Memorial.

Please join us for an in-person program on The Great Hunger Memorial in Ardsley on Sunday, March 19, 2023, beginning at ...
03/08/2023

Please join us for an in-person program on The Great Hunger Memorial in Ardsley on Sunday, March 19, 2023, beginning at 2 pm at the Ardsley Fire House. The chair of the committee that spearheaded the effort to create the memorial will lead the program. In addition to discussing the historical events that led to the Great Hunger beginning in the 1840s, you will learn how the memorial came to be, the design process, and its significance for 21st-century citizens. Pre-Registration is required.

On Sunday, March 19, 2023, James. J. Houlihan will present a program about the Great Hunger Memorial.

Today, we continue to honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unfinished work  to save America's soul.
01/16/2023

Today, we continue to honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unfinished work to save America's soul.

As the summer winds down, and a new school year approaches, we invite you on a road trip from Ardsley to Michigan, explo...
08/15/2022

As the summer winds down, and a new school year approaches, we invite you on a road trip from Ardsley to Michigan, exploring numerous corners of American history and the connections between these two places accompanied by Simon & Garfunkel’s influential song, “America.”

Incidentally, this Timepiece is being released on the anniversary of the day in August 1969 when former Ardsley High School student Bert Sommer performed at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. As a bonus, we uncover the date (unknown on the internet) of an important appearance by Simon & Garfunkel in Michigan.

Please send a postcard.

We hope you enjoy the trip.

https://www.ardsleyhistoricalsociety.org/the-timepiece/looking-for-america-kings-of-the-road-from-ardsley-to-michigan

Introduction : Before reading this summer road trip Timepiece with breaking news, which travels over 150 years of history between Ardsley to Michigan, it is suggested that the reader begin their journey by listening to the Simon & Garfunkel song "America," which is linked here: A

Happy 4th of July from the Ardsley Historical Society. Just a reminder this is our 40th year of illuminating Ardsley’s h...
07/04/2022

Happy 4th of July from the Ardsley Historical Society. Just a reminder this is our 40th year of illuminating Ardsley’s history!

Congratulations to our Ardsley School District graduates and the Ardsley High School Class of 2022.We invite you to begi...
07/01/2022

Congratulations to our Ardsley School District graduates and the Ardsley High School Class of 2022.
We invite you to begin your summer reading with our new Timepiece which explores both Ardsley’s Native American history and a Marathon race held over a century ago in Ardsley which allows us to delve into many little known aspects of Ardsley’s history beginning in the 19th-century. Extra credit will be offered for any questions or comments on this Timepiece. Please feel free to write us at [email protected].
https://www.ardsleyhistoricalsociety.org/the-timepiece/tewanima-ran-here

According to Dutch maps from nearly four centuries ago, the Native Americans who inhabited modern-day Ardsley were known as the Weckquaesgeek. [1] But who were the Weekquaesgeeks?  The same question can be asked about the Dutch settlers of North America. Many were not ethnically Dutch but a

On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave everything for something greater than themselves. We hope to see you at the ...
05/30/2022

On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave everything for something greater than themselves. We hope to see you at the Memorial Day Parade taking place in Louis Pascone Memorial Park at 11:30 AM.

Please join us this Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM. On Sunday, May 22, 2022, starting at 1:30 pm, as required by its By...
05/16/2022

Please join us this Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM. On Sunday, May 22, 2022, starting at 1:30 pm, as required by its By-Laws, the Ardsley Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on the 2nd floor of the Ardsley Public Library. At the annual meeting, Board members will be elected and several exciting initiatives in the planning stage will be discussed in connection with our 40th anniversary. We welcome your input and hope you will attend.

THOMAS PAINE & REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA
On Sunday, May 22 at 1:30 pm the Ardsley Historical Society will hold their annual meeting. At 2:00 their program will feature our guest speaker, Dr. Michael Crowder from the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College. Dr. Crowder will speak about Thomas Paine and Revolutionary America.

This will be a hybrid event: an in-person audience at the Ardsley Public Library and a simultaneous online Zoom webinar. Zoom link in comments.

Please enjoy our new Timepiece covering over 200 years of American political and cultural history focusing on the Execut...
03/05/2022

Please enjoy our new Timepiece covering over 200 years of American political and cultural history focusing on the Executive Office and it’s interactions with the Judicial Branch Of course, we have some Ardsley connections to the Presidency. Don’t forget to read the endnotes.

Just a reminder - 2022 is the 40th anniversary of our founding. If you have not done so, please renew your membership so we can continue to illuminate Ardsley’s rich history and expand our digital archives.

In a Guest Essay appearing in The New York Times , two self-described “Men of Ice Cream, Men of Principle” maintained that actions taken by the Board of Directors of the ice cream company they founded were “on the right side of history.” [1] The contention that history takes sides was quickl...

We hope everyone is staying safe in today’s snowstorm. Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, The Ardsley Historical Society will present ...
01/29/2022

We hope everyone is staying safe in today’s snowstorm. Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, The Ardsley Historical Society will present a program (via Zoom Webinar) hosted by two experts on the US Navy, Hon. Steven S. Honigman, former General Counsel to the Navy and Dr. William J. Parker, III, a prominent author and authority on national security and conflict resolution, entitled “Our Navy Today and Tomorrow – Facts, Strategy, and Challenges.”

This is your last chance to register for this program.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-navy-today-and-tomorrow-facts-strategy-and-challenges-tickets-239535656597

Our Navy Today and Tomorrow – Facts, Strategy, and Challenges Sunday, January 30, 2022, @ 2:00 PM

Today we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. His powerful words inspire us each and every day.
01/17/2022

Today we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. His powerful words inspire us each and every day.

Register for our Upcoming ProgramOn Sunday January 30, 2022, at 2:00 pm, The Ardsley Historical Society will present a p...
01/11/2022

Register for our Upcoming Program

On Sunday January 30, 2022, at 2:00 pm, The Ardsley Historical Society will present a program (via Zoom Webinar) hosted by two experts on the US Navy, Hon. Steven S. Honigman, former General Counsel to the Navy and Dr. William J. Parker, III, a prominent author and authority on national security and conflict resolution, entitled “Our Navy Today and Tomorrow – Facts, Strategy, and Challenges.”

The speaker’s bios and registration information can be found by clicking the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-navy-today-and-tomorrow-facts-strategy-and-challenges-tickets-239535656597

If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected].

Our Navy Today and Tomorrow – Facts, Strategy, and Challenges Sunday, January 30, 2022, @ 2:00 PM

New timepiece post!We concluded 2021 with a wide ranging survey of known and little known figures and events and their c...
01/07/2022

New timepiece post!

We concluded 2021 with a wide ranging survey of known and little known figures and events and their connections to Ardsley including mid-20th century politics, 1960s television programs, WFAS radio, outdoor education, the G.I. Bill, the Beatles, and the appeal of the suburbs. Please read the endnotes of this new timepiece post where you will find numerous web links and sources for further exploration of topics discussed in this highly illustrated Timepiece.

We hope you have enjoyed this addition to the Ardsley Historical Society’s website and we look forward to your continued support this year (2022) when we celebrate 40 years of exploring Ardsley’s rich history.

It is undoubtedly challenging, if not unfathomable, for today’s youth to imagine a world (or even an hour) without smart “phones,” which now double (or triple) as televisions, photo albums, and jukeboxes. Until the advent of broadcast television, radio was the mainstay of most Ardsley homes (s...

11/30/2021

There’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past year and a half, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.

The Ardsley Historical Society is participating in GivingTuesday today, the global day of unity and giving. As you may know, next year our organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary of illuminating Ardsley’s rich history.

Not only do we need your support, we need your help to spread the word. Please tell your Ardsley friends about us and encourage them to support us.

On this GivingTuesday, you can show your love of Ardsley and its history by:

Becoming a member for 2022.

Making a donation.

Joining our Board of Directors.

Visit our website: www.ardsleyhistoricalsociety.org

In the spirit of giving back, we have added Ardsley’s 1964 Comprehensive Master Plan to the digital archives section of the website and our 2021 Zoom presentation with Dr. Robert Murray is now available for those who missed it.

Thank you for being a part of the Ardsley Historical Society. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

The purpose of the Ardsley Historical Society is to bring together those people interested in American history, New York State history, and especially the history of the area now known as the Village of Ardsley, New York and the areas constituting the boundary of the Ardsley School District.

Please enjoy this new Timepiece discussing a famous but misunderstood quotation, tensions in American history between id...
09/13/2021

Please enjoy this new Timepiece discussing a famous but misunderstood quotation, tensions in American history between idealism and realism in our response to 9/11 and the COVID-19 pandemic, presidential history and some Ardsley connections.

Please remember to sign up for our scheduled historical walking tours in connection with Ardsley’s 125th anniversary. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

A famous but misunderstood quotation, tensions in American history between idealism and realism in our response to 9/11 and the Covid 19 pandemic, Presidential history and some Ardsley connections.

"We remember, and we will never forget the nearly 3,000 lives taken so cruelly. We honor the courage of those who put th...
09/11/2021

"We remember, and we will never forget the nearly 3,000 lives taken so cruelly. We honor the courage of those who put themselves in harm's way to save people they never knew. We come together in prayer and in gratitude for the strength that has fortified us across these 20 years."

- Former President Barack Obama

Happy Labor Day from the Ardsley Historical Society!
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day from the Ardsley Historical Society!

Village of Ardsley's 125th Anniversary Walking ToursTake a step back in time and learn what life was like in the early d...
09/05/2021

Village of Ardsley's 125th Anniversary Walking Tours

Take a step back in time and learn what life was like in the early days of Ardsley.

• Follow experienced guides as they lead you on a walking tour along Ashford Avenue and then Saw Mill River Road, stopping along the way at major landmarks in the history of the village.
• Tour participants will share binders that contain photographs of these landmarks as they appeared many years ago.
• You will be able to see how the following landmarks have changed over the years: Fire Department, Village Hall, Library, Addyman Square, Post Office.
• Other landmarks no longer exist, but you will be able to see where they used to be located: Ardsley Lyceum, Blacksmith Shop, Livery, Pickle Factories, Ardsley Train Station.

September 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m.

Registration is required online due to COVID-19. While there is no charge for tickets, donations would be appreciated to help defray the cost of materials.

Please click below to register.

This event is brought to you by the Ardsley Historical Society in connection with Ardsley's 125th Anniversary.

Take a step back in time and learn what life was like in the early days of Ardsley.

Dear Ardsley Community,Over half a century ago, several hundred thousand people gathered in upstate New York for three d...
08/20/2021

Dear Ardsley Community,

Over half a century ago, several hundred thousand people gathered in upstate New York for three days of peace and music at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Subsequently, an Oscar winning movie and a notable soundtrack of the festival was released containing an iconic image (taken on August 17. 1969) capturing the spirit of this historic event. In this Timepiece we will begin to explore how one Ardsley resident landed in this famous image.

Click the link below to access the newest post of the Timepiece:
https://www.ardsleyhistoricalsociety.org/the-timepiece/it-was-52-years-ago-today

Finally, please remember to sign up for our scheduled historical walking tours in connection with Ardsley’s 125th anniversary. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Click the link below to sign up for the walking tours:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/village-of-ardsleys-125th-anniversary-walking-tours-tickets-164233772635

Sincerely,
Ardsley Historical Society Board of Directors

The cover of Abbey Road , The Beatles' eleventh and final studio album (released on September 26, 1969), famously depicts the four members of the band dressed in tailored suits (other than George Harrison) crossing Abbey Road, a street in North-West London, along a zebra crosswalk just outside thei

Dear Ardsley Community,Although its summer, the Ardsley Historical Society has been busy. The Timepiece has a new blog p...
07/29/2021

Dear Ardsley Community,

Although its summer, the Ardsley Historical Society has been busy. The Timepiece has a new blog post on renowned Ardsley artist Frances Besner Newman (https://www.ardsleyhistoricalsociety.org/the-timepiece/frances-besner-newman-ardsleys-woman-of-valor) and we have linked an article in our website’s digital archives section on Adolph Lewisohn's Estate in Ardsley (https://markhistorydonovan.blogspot.com/2021/07/heatherdell-farm-home-to-philanthropist.html). In addition, we are finalizing our plans for a walking tour of the Village to be held in September in connection with the 125th celebration of Ardsley’s 1896 incorporation. Details and sign up to follow. The official Village celebration will be held on October 10 at Pascone Park (previously Ashford Park) where we will have a table. Please stop by. We continue to serve as a resource for Ardsleyans (past and present) researching family history and planning programs on local and American history which will resume either online or in person in October. Further, we are delighted to report our continuing membership growth with over 200 members - a record for our nearly 40 year old organization. Finally, a heartfelt thank you to our local business community sponsors. As they have generously supported us, please consider supporting them.

If you are not already a member, please visit https://ardsleyhistoricalsociety.org/membership to join today!

Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay safe.

Sincerely,
Ardsley Historical Society Board of Directors

Eleven years ago, the Village of  Ardsley obtained surplus land from Westchester County (known as Parcel Q), which straddles the area from the terminus of Old Sprain Road (off Underhill Road) to the southernmost part of Ardsley’s McDowell Park. As shown on the expandable map below, Parcel Q

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