Hastings Historical Society

Hastings Historical Society Located in New York’s lower Hudson Valley

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Hastings Historical Society's latest home, the Observatory Cottage at Draper Park in Hastings, has a long and colorful history. In 1997, when the Historical Society was preparing to move into its new home from its previous quarters at 41 Washington Avenue, The Hastings Historian ran a four-page history of the building, which can be seen here http://hastingshistorical.org/cottagehistory.shtml

🎁 🌲❄️Shop local & give Hastings this holiday season! ❄️🌲🎁 We are open tomorrow, Saturday, from 2-4pmVisit our shop of Ha...
12/01/2023

🎁 🌲❄️Shop local & give Hastings this holiday season! ❄️🌲🎁
We are open tomorrow, Saturday, from 2-4pm

Visit our shop of Hastings-themed merchandise: https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/our-shop/

We have two mugs with Arne J. Soderman’s artwork. Mr. Soderman was a talented commercial artist and painter, as well as an avid photographer. He lived in Hastings with his wife and children in the 1950s.
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🎁 Our Town:Canvas Pouch
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🎁 Retro Hastings Graphic Tee
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🎁 Future Historian Squirrel Kids Tee
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🎁 Views of the Hudson Notecards by Ellen Hopkins Fountain
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🎁 Rudolph Ruzicka’s woodcut of views of the Palisades Notecards
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👉 OPEN
• Saturday, December 2nd from 2–4 pm
• Monday, Dec 4th, 11th, 18th from 11am–2 pm
• Thursday, Dec 7th, 14th, 21st from 11am–2 pm
👉 CLOSED
• Monday Dec 25th and Jan 1st
👉 OPEN
• Thursday Dec 28th and January 4th from from 11am–2 pm
• Saturday in January 6th from 2–4 pm
• We will continue our regular hours in 2024.

Visit us in🌲 December and over the❄️ winter break! Check out the new exhibit 🖼️ "The Clark Legacy, shop Hastings-themed ...
12/01/2023

Visit us in🌲 December and over the❄️ winter break! Check out the new exhibit 🖼️ "The Clark Legacy, shop Hastings-themed 🎁 merchandise, purchase an old Hastings Historican printed newsletter or do reserch! ✍️

👉 OPEN
• Saturday, December 2nd from 2–4 pm
• Monday, Dec 4th, 11th, 18th from 11am–2 pm
• Thursday, Dec 7th, 14th, 21st from 11am–2 pm

👉 CLOSED
• Monday Dec 25th and Jan 1st

👉 OPEN
• Thursday Dec 28th and January 4th from from 11am–2 pm
• Saturday in January 6th from 2–4 pm
• We will continue our regular hours in 2024.

Beautiful fall day at the Cottage at Draper park. Join us on Sunday for the opening of the w next exhibit, The Clark Leg...
11/17/2023

Beautiful fall day at the Cottage at Draper park. Join us on Sunday for the opening of the w next exhibit, The Clark Legacy at 2pm.



We are working hard to get this exhibit just right for Sunday’s opening reception of The Clark Legacy ExhibitJoin us on ...
11/17/2023

We are working hard to get this exhibit just right for Sunday’s opening reception of The Clark Legacy Exhibit

Join us on November 19th from 2–4pm at the Cottage



👉 After you join us for the Opening Reception of The Clark Legacy Exhibit this Sunday, Nov 19th from 2-4 pm at The Obser...
11/16/2023

👉 After you join us for the Opening Reception of The Clark Legacy Exhibit this Sunday, Nov 19th from 2-4 pm at The Observatory Cottage in Draper Park please visit Madge Scott’s art opening at Village Hall hosted by the

Local artist and long-time Hastings resident Madge Scott knew Dr. Kenneth Clark in the last years of his life. When he passed away in 2005, Dr. Clark's daughter Kate and son Hilton removed items of significance out of the family home at
17 Pinecrest Drive. From what remained, Madge kept a few keepsakes. They are presented in the exhibit.



Our Clark Commemoration Continues! 🎉🎉🎉Opening Reception for The Clark Legacy ExhibitThis Sunday, Nov 19th from 2-4 pm at...
11/13/2023

Our Clark Commemoration Continues! 🎉🎉🎉

Opening Reception for The Clark Legacy Exhibit
This Sunday, Nov 19th from 2-4 pm at The Observatory Cottage in Draper Park

Come see the Hastings Historical Society's new exhibit, The Clark Legacy, about psychologists and civil rights activists Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark. This married team of psychologists are best known for their famous "doll tests," the results of which were used as an influential exhibit in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that desegregated public schools.

But the couple had many other accomplishments: Learn about their myriad achievements, the details of their doll study, how the Clarks came to Hastings, the history of their racially integrated neighborhood in our village, and the many Black luminaries that came to visit, including Minnijean Brown of the Little Rock Nine.



11/10/2023
We are open tomorrow and Monday! Last days to see our Vintage HoH Poster 💥 Pop-Up🗓️ Saturday, November 4th, 2–4 pm🗓️ Mon...
11/03/2023

We are open tomorrow and Monday!

Last days to see our Vintage HoH Poster 💥 Pop-Up

🗓️ Saturday, November 4th, 2–4 pm
🗓️ Monday, November 6th, 11 am to 2 pm

Only Two Weeks ⚡ Flash Giveaway! ⚡

The Hastings Historical Society is giving away its excess poster inventory. Following is a selection of what is available.

Hastings Historical Society has posters from the 1960s through the 1990s in our collection; promoting events from Creative Arts Council, the Village Centennial celebration, and Hastings Historical Society exhibits. Artists who created these posters include Ed Young, June Otani, Ed Lessing and Regina Rachmuth. Although the name of the artist is not always stated, the artist’s message is clear: Come, join in, sample the richness of arts in our community, and celebrate the place you call home!

We invite you to take posters home, share them with friends and, if you like, leave a donation. 🎉

Last two days - ⚡ Flash Giveaway! ⚡Posters still available at our Vintage HoH Poster 💥 Pop-Up Exhibit  Viewing dates🗓️ S...
11/03/2023

Last two days - ⚡ Flash Giveaway! ⚡
Posters still available at our Vintage HoH Poster 💥 Pop-Up Exhibit
Viewing dates
🗓️ Saturday, November 4th, 2 to 4 pm
🗓️ Monday, November 6th, 11 am to 2 pm

The Hastings Historical Society is giving away its excess poster inventory. We have posters from the 1960s through the 1990s promoting events from the Creative Arts Council, the Village Centennial celebration, and Hastings Historical Society exhibits. Artists who created these posters include Ed Young, June Otani, Ed Lessing and Regina Rachmuth.
We invite you to take posters home, share them with friends and, if you like, leave a donation. 🎉

Vintage HoH Poster 💥 Pop-Up Exhibit  Viewing dates🗓️ Monday, October 30th, 11am–2pm🗓️ Thursday, November 2nd, 11am–2pm🗓️...
10/27/2023

Vintage HoH Poster 💥 Pop-Up Exhibit

Viewing dates
🗓️ Monday, October 30th, 11am–2pm
🗓️ Thursday, November 2nd, 11am–2pm
🗓️ Saturday, November 4th, 2–4 pm
🗓️ Monday, November 6th, 11 am to 2 pm

Only Two Weeks ⚡ Flash Giveaway! ⚡

The Hastings Historical Society is giving away its excess poster inventory. Below is a selection of what is available.

Hastings Historical Society has posters from the 1960s through the 1990s in our collection; promoting events from Creative Arts Council, the Village Centennial celebration, and Hastings Historical Society exhibits. Artists who created these posters include Ed Young, June Otani, Ed Lessing and Regina Rachmuth. Although the name of the artist is not always stated, the artist’s message is clear: Come, join in, sample the richness of arts in our community, and celebrate the place you call home!

We invite you to take posters home, share them with friends and, if you like, leave a donation. 🎉

Join us for the last two days to view: Unbuilt Hastings: What Might Have Been👉 Today, Thursday, from 11am–2pm & this Sat...
10/19/2023

Join us for the last two days to view: Unbuilt Hastings: What Might Have Been

👉 Today, Thursday, from 11am–2pm & this Saturday from 12–2pm

🏗️ 🚫 Ranging from a plan in the 1840s to subdivide what later became Draper Park, to an urban renewal project on Washington Ave in 1960 and ideas for our as yet to be redeveloped waterfront. The Hastings Historical Society covers a number of “what might have beens.” We leave it for the visitor to decide if these projects would have enhanced or detracted from life in our village.

More pics from last week’s visit by Minnijean Brown-Trickey of the Little Rock Nine to our three schools and our gala ev...
10/16/2023

More pics from last week’s visit by Minnijean Brown-Trickey of the Little Rock Nine to our three schools and our gala event this past Saturday commemorating Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark!

What an incredible event! Thank you for all who came, supported and who cheered for “Drs. Mamie and  Kenneth Clark Way”....
10/14/2023

What an incredible event! Thank you for all who came, supported and who cheered for “Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark Way”.

Drs. Mamie Phipps Clark (1917–1983) and Kenneth Bancroft Clark (1914–2005) were a married team of Black psychologists wh...
10/13/2023

Drs. Mamie Phipps Clark (1917–1983) and Kenneth Bancroft Clark (1914–2005) were a married team of Black psychologists who moved to Hastings-on-Hudson, NY on Pinecrest Drive in 1950. Their groundbreaking “doll test” experiments demonstrated that racial segregation damaged young Black children’s self-esteem.

These studies were critical in the 1954 “Brown v. Board of Education” Supreme Court decision that led to the desegregation of schools across the nation. In delivering this landmark ruling, Chief Justice Earl Warren stated, “To separate Black children from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.”

Tomorrow we seek to elevate the local understanding of these civil rights heroes by co-naming a stretch of Mt. Hope Boulevard Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark Way.

Further, in 2024 plans are underway to install three informational signs about the Clarks on Mt. Hope Boulevard. The legacies of Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark have long been under-recognized locally. We wish to share and amplify their profound contributions to our nation. We are so proud that they chose to live here in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Thank you,

Eddie Crawford, Caitlin Chang, Jennifer Ito and Natalie Barry

Clark Commemoration Subcommittee of the Hastings Historical Society

10/09/2023

The historical society is open today from 11 am to 2 pm. Come see our “Unbuilt Hastings” exhibit, which is coming down soon!

The Historical Society was sad to hear of the passing of long-time Hastings resident and artist Ed Young, a prominent ch...
10/07/2023

The Historical Society was sad to hear of the passing of long-time Hastings resident and artist Ed Young, a prominent children's book author and illustrator, and well-known local teacher of Tai-Chi. Among the many honors he earned in his career was the prestigious Caldecott Medal, which he was awarded three times.

He was a big supporter of our organization. His postcards depicting several Hastings scenes can be purchased at our online Shop here: https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/product/downtown-hastings/

Congratulations to longtime Hastings-on-Hudson resident Louis Brus on winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work ...
10/05/2023

Congratulations to longtime Hastings-on-Hudson resident Louis Brus on winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on quantum dots! Brus joins six previous Nobel Prize winners who lived in our village.

Read about the other six here: https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/notable-residents/

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Illustration by Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach

Sign up for dedication ceremony, the co-naming of Mt. Hope Boulevard Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark Way, event details and...
10/03/2023

Sign up for dedication ceremony, the co-naming of Mt. Hope Boulevard Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark Way, event details and the link to livestream the Drs. Clark event here:

Join us for the dedication ceremony for the co-naming of Mt. Hope Boulevard to “Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark Way”

“[Minnijean Brown} never forgot her arrival here. In an interview conducted at the former Clark home in Hastings in 2015...
10/01/2023

“[Minnijean Brown} never forgot her arrival here. In an interview conducted at the former Clark home in Hastings in 2015 by her daughter Spirit Tawfiq, Brown-Trickey remembered that it had been her first time on an airplane. When she deplaned, she said, there were so many photographers, movie cameras, and flashbulbs going off that she looked around and assumed that a movie star must have been travelling on the same plane. She recalled the drive to Hastings, the car going up the hill which is Pinecrest Drive, and meeting “Dr. Mamie” and the Clarks’ children Kate and Hilton for the first time. Her mother, who was travelling with her, stayed “long enough to get to know where I was going to be, get to know the Clarks, get the feeling that I was going to be safe, and also to sort of have that experience of not having me there, because we were really close.”

Minnijean Brown of the “Little Rock Nine” – Hastings Historical Society

https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/2021/06/18/minnijean-brown-of-the-little-rock-nine/

Join us!
09/30/2023

Join us!

Our annual event! Hope you can make it! Please RSVP here.

👉🏽 You are invited to the Dedication Ceremony Co-naming of Mt. Hope Boulevard Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark Way As we app...
09/30/2023

👉🏽 You are invited to the Dedication Ceremony Co-naming of Mt. Hope Boulevard Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark Way

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, join us in celebrating the lives of long-time Hastings residents and civil rights luminaries, Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark.

🎉 A Commemoration of Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark
🗓️ Saturday, October 14th
🕰️ 2–4 pm
🗺️ James V. Harmon Community Center
44 Main Street Hastings-on-Hudson

Street sign unveiling and remarks by local officials and other special guests will be followed by music and refreshments. There will be an opportunity to meet some members of the Clark family.

👏🏾👏🏼👏🏾Free event – Presented by the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson and the Hastings Historical Society- Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating will be available on the lower level, where the event will be live-streamed.

👉🏽 Visit HastingsHistoricalSociety.org/Events/Clark to sign up for updates and the livestream link

🙏🏿 Special thanks to The Clark, Harris, Phipps, and Brown-Trickey families, Northside Center for Child Development, Columbia University Photo Archives, and the Gordon Parks Foundation

Northside Center for Child Development

Sadly the weather isn’t cooperating.
09/29/2023

Sadly the weather isn’t cooperating.

Who are Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark? These Hastings residents were civil rights activists and prominent psychologists w...
09/28/2023

Who are Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark?
These Hastings residents were civil rights activists and prominent psychologists who, as a married team, played a major role in our nation's history. They are best known for their "doll tests" assessing the impact of racism on the self-esteem of Black children. Their study featured prominently in the groundbreaking 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case outlawing segregation in public schools.

Due to the uncertain weather, this event will not take place this weekend. A new date will be announced soon.
09/09/2023

Due to the uncertain weather, this event will not take place this weekend. A new date will be announced soon.

We will be at Quarry Park tomorrow AND at The Cottage.  Come by from 2-4pm and see the exhibit, "Unbuilt Hastings: What ...
09/08/2023

We will be at Quarry Park tomorrow AND at The Cottage.

Come by from 2-4pm and see the exhibit, "Unbuilt Hastings: What Might Have Been," which highlights some of the projects that were proposed but never built in our village.

09/08/2023
Come to Marbleous: Hastings Celebrates Quarry Park on Saturday, September 9th from 2 to 6:30 pm!Did you know that Daniel...
09/05/2023

Come to Marbleous: Hastings Celebrates Quarry Park on Saturday, September 9th from 2 to 6:30 pm!

Did you know that Daniel Ellsberg had a connection to Hastings' old quarry, which for a while was the town dump? The story begins in the early 1970s, when Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers and was charged under the Espionage Act. Apparently, he had also copied nuclear documents:

"While awaiting trial, {Daniel} Ellsberg gave the nuclear papers that he had copied to his older half brother, Harry, for safekeeping. Harry buried them in a hole that he dug near the town dump of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where he lived. But, when Tropical Storm Doria hit the area in August of 1971, the nuclear papers were washed away, never to be found. Daniel later said that he regretted not having released the nuclear papers before they disappeared."

Photo of Daniel Ellsberg in 1973

https://www.newyorker.com/news/postscript/daniel-ellsbergs-life-beyond-the-pentagon-papers?fbclid=IwAR2NvI4NFQY4YBan-d5fNk8yF7OHmK2lBfIxXMOI2_QUNzCz7lp37iUFliA

Due to Labor Day, 🚫The Hastings Historical Society will be closed on Sat, September 2nd and Mon, September 4th👉But we ar...
09/01/2023

Due to Labor Day, 🚫The Hastings Historical Society will be closed on Sat, September 2nd and Mon, September 4th

👉But we are OPEN on Saturday, September 9th, 2-4 pm 👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉

🗓️Also on the 9th, all are invited, from 2:00–6:30 pm to:

MARBLEOUS: Hastings Celebrates Quarry Park

🕰️ 2pm Quarry Park Opening Ceremony
Park dedication, ribbon cutting, special guests
🕰️ 2:30-4:30pm The Quarry Experience
Living history, kids quarry zone, music & more!
🕰️ 5-6:30pm Theater in the Quarry!
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

More info here: https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/events/marbleous-hastings-celebrates-quarry-park/

Come to Marbleous: Hastings Celebrates Quarry Park on Saturday, September 9th from 2 to 6:30 pm!In 1936, Arthur C. Langm...
08/28/2023

Come to Marbleous: Hastings Celebrates Quarry Park on Saturday, September 9th from 2 to 6:30 pm!

In 1936, Arthur C. Langmuir bought the abandoned quarry. He hired a crew of 12 men, called “The Quarry Gang,” who transformed it into a scenic park and bird sanctuary. Langmuir offered the park to the village but was turned down, likely due to budget constraints during the Depression. The park was left to Andrew Ryan, who was the Langmuirs’ chief gardener.

Come to Marbleous: Hastings Celebrates Quarry Park on Saturday, September 9th from 2 to 6:30 pm!White dolomite marble wa...
08/25/2023

Come to Marbleous: Hastings Celebrates Quarry Park on Saturday, September 9th from 2 to 6:30 pm!

White dolomite marble was quarried on the south side of our village by Van Brugh Livingston beginning in 1828. Six years later, the quarry and 15 additional acres were sold to George Harvey, an English painter and friend of Washington Irving. When Harvey leased the quarry out to several individuals and business boomed, Hastings’ first industry was born.

🚫 POSTPONED ⛈️Unfortunately, due to unpredictable weather,⚡️this event have been cancelled tomorrow and for Sunday. 🗓️A ...
08/24/2023

🚫 POSTPONED ⛈️

Unfortunately, due to unpredictable weather,⚡️this event have been cancelled tomorrow and for Sunday. 🗓️A new date will be announced soon.
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🎉Let the festivities begin!🎉

MARBLEOUS: Hastings Celebrates Quarry Park

All invited! Saturday
September 9th 2:00–6:30 pm
Quarry Park is south of Washington Ave along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.
Street parking. Walking and cycling encouraged. Bring a picnic!

👉 2pm Quarry Park Opening Ceremony
Park dedication, ribbon cutting, special guests

👉 2:30-4:30pm The Quarry Experience
Living history, kids quarry zone, music & more!

👉5-6:30pm Theater in the Quarry!
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Hudson Classical Theater Company
https://www.hudsonclassicaltheatercompany.org

RAINDATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH



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Three interviews by by Dr. Kenneth Clark,“The special one-hour program was a brilliantly conceived examination of the ra...
08/23/2023

Three interviews by by Dr. Kenneth Clark,

“The special one-hour program was a brilliantly conceived examination of the racial crisis in America, illustrated through interviews with powerful Negro leaders of widely varying viewpoints. Brought together, in separate interviews, were the Rev. Martin Luther King, author James Baldwin, and Black Muslim leader Malcolm X. Under quiet, penetrating and perceptive probing by Dr. Kenneth Clark, a professor of psychology at City College of New York, these three seethed with emotions and ideas that were communicated with force and immediacy.” 1963.

Link: https://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog?f%5Baccess%5D%5B%5D=All+Records&q=Clark%2C+Kenneth+Bancroft%2C+1914-2005

Save the date! MARBLEOUS! Join us to celebrate the new Quarry Park, Saturday, September 9th from 2-6:30pm Details to fol...
08/20/2023

Save the date! MARBLEOUS!

Join us to celebrate the new Quarry Park, Saturday, September 9th from 2-6:30pm

Details to follow!

Rain date: next day same time

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 16 at 12PM the , celebrating The Drs. Clark, Hastings residents who played a pivotal role in...
08/15/2023

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 16 at 12PM the , celebrating The Drs. Clark, Hastings residents who played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights movement - A discussion of of Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

And on Wed, August 30, 12:00pm: A screening of The March – A film narrated by Denzel Washington that takes a look at the March on Washington on the 60th anniversary of this historic gathering.

08/13/2023
Learn more about Maria Mitchell; who of course had a connection with the Draper Family Miss Mitchell’s Students: Antonia...
08/12/2023

Learn more about Maria Mitchell; who of course had a connection with the Draper Family

Miss Mitchell’s Students: Antonia Maury

“Antonia Maury came from a long line of scientists and teachers, astronomers among them, including Henry Draper, her uncle, who was a pioneer in astronomical photography. She graduated in 1887 having taken eight semesters of astronomy with Maria. “

https://www.mariamitchell.org/miss-mitchells-students-antonia-maury-1603n

From the beginning, stargazing has been part of the curriculum at Poughkeepsie’s Vassar College. That’s because Maria Mitchell — America’s first female professional astronomer — was one of nine instructors selected to join the school’s founding faculty in 1865. Along with her expertise i...

07/28/2023

Do you know we have over 150 oral histories on YouTube that can only be accessed through our website?! And that isn’t even all we have, we will be uploading more throughout 2024.

Some are only audio, while others are video too. Access them through the website or here: https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/oral-histories-media/

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407 Broadway. The Observatory Cottage In Draper Park
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
10706

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 2pm
Thursday 11am - 2pm

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(914) 478-2249

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Hastings Historical Society's latest home, the Observatory Cottage at Draper Park in Hastings, has a long and colorful history. In 1997, when the Historical Society was preparing to move into its new home from its previous quarters at 41 Washington Avenue, The Hastings Historian ran a four-page history of the building, which can be seen here https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/draper-observatory-cottage/


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