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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

We posted these photos and the below quote in November 2019. Unfortunately we cannot have the parade this Memorial Day b...
05/24/2020

We posted these photos and the below quote in November 2019. Unfortunately we cannot have the parade this Memorial Day but we will all be honoring the men and women who died while in the line of duty.

Joseph Semberger reminds veterans why parades matter in the “Commander’s Message” from a booklet produced in 1969 for the 50th anniversary of the James Daley Post No. 200 of the V.F.W.:

“Each of us has an important role in this celebration. As you march up Warburton Avenue with your visiting delegations and military units, remember one important fact – your presence will help to rekindle that spark of patriotism which has been slowly vanishing in our modern society. We hope it will leave a lasting impression in the minds of the spectators, young and old, who will line the route of the parade. If by our actions we can generate the feeling of pride in being Americans, then our efforts will not have been in vain.”

Here is a crowd of Hastings citizens attending a ceremony in Fulton Park, Hastings-on-Hudson on Memorial Day of 1957.  #...
05/23/2020

Here is a crowd of Hastings citizens attending a ceremony in Fulton Park, Hastings-on-Hudson on Memorial Day of 1957.

#HastingsHistoricalSociety #MemorialDay #FultonPark #VFW #VeteransOfForeignWars #MemorialPark #JamesDaleyPost #JamesDaleyPost200VFW #VeteransOfForeignWarsOfThe200 #ThankYouForYourService

Here is a crowd of Hastings citizens attending a ceremony in Fulton Park, Hastings-on-Hudson on Memorial Day of 1957. In...
05/23/2020

Here is a crowd of Hastings citizens attending a ceremony in Fulton Park, Hastings-on-Hudson on Memorial Day of 1957. In the background on the right is the World War II memorial, dedicated on Memorial Day in 1947.

Some additional IDs have been made the last time we posted:
The soldier on the far left (rifle partially covering his face) looks like, Dick Dunn; the man to the right of the little girl is John Kultzow; next to him is Ann Schnibbe; the vet holding the flag with the silver helmet is Bob Kessner.

The little girl in the brownie uniform is John Kultzows daughter, Susan, age 9.

The man holding the American flag on the left of the the rock is Byche (Harold) Edwards.

Remembering the fallen and honoring those who have served we present this impressive ceremony in 1957 in Fulton Park for...
05/23/2020
Mystery Photo: Memorial Day 1957

Remembering the fallen and honoring those who have served we present this impressive ceremony in 1957 in Fulton Park for those who had died in WWII. We thank all veterans for their service. The plaque from the monument was later reinstalled in Memorial Park, in front of the V.F.W. building.

We have made some more IDs since we first posted these photos on our blog: http://hastingshistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/2009/05/mystery-photo-memorial-day-1957.html

#HastingsHistoricalSociety #MemorialDay #FultonPark #VFW #VeteransOfForeignWars #MemorialPark #JamesDaleyPost200VFW #ThankYouForYourService

In honor of Memorial Day, we want to show you two wonderful color slides taken on Memorial Day in 1957. The ceremony was held in Fulton Park...

📸 Please share with the Hastings Historical Society your photos of today’s Farragut Middle School Parade celebrating the...
05/22/2020

📸 Please share with the Hastings Historical Society your photos of today’s Farragut Middle School Parade celebrating the faculty and students of the Hastings-on-Hudson!

👏CAPTURING THE GOOD TIMES🎉

Saw Mill River bridge on Ravensdale Road in 04-21-1927.📷 Park Commission Photograph Collection in the Westchester County...
05/16/2020

Saw Mill River bridge on Ravensdale Road in 04-21-1927.

📷 Park Commission Photograph Collection in the Westchester County Archives

Here is a view of the Saw Mill River Parkway at Ravensdale Road, Hastings-on-Hudson from the Park Commission Photograph ...
05/15/2020

Here is a view of the Saw Mill River Parkway at Ravensdale Road, Hastings-on-Hudson from the Park Commission Photograph Collection in 09-11-1929.

📷 Park Commission Photograph Collection in the Westchester County Archives

🤫 WITHOUT revealing the location at this time🤫•🕵️ Do you have an inkling where this is in Hastings?•🤗 Just say YEA or NA...
05/15/2020

🤫 WITHOUT revealing the location at this time🤫

🕵️ Do you have an inkling where this is in Hastings?

🤗 Just say YEA or NAY for now

📷 Park Commission Photograph Collection in the Westchester County Archives

🤫 WITHOUT revealing the location at this time🤫 •🕵️ Do you have an inkling where this is in Hastings? •🤗 Just say YEA or ...
05/15/2020

🤫 WITHOUT revealing the location at this time🤫

🕵️ Do you have an inkling where this is in Hastings?

🤗 Just say YEA or NAY for now

What was there: 1907 & 1922Scheckler’s cow farm and barn with skating pond in the foreground — later Reynolds field — in...
05/11/2020

What was there: 1907 & 1922

Scheckler’s cow farm and barn with skating pond in the foreground — later Reynolds field — in 1907. The cows roamed over Riverview Manor. The milk business was operated by Dunn, later gardener to Robert Beher of 221 South Broadway. Also a photo of the home in 1922.

What was there: 1958This "Elizabethan cottage" was built  in the 1830s by painter George Harvey, out of marble from the ...
05/08/2020

What was there: 1958

This "Elizabethan cottage" was built in the 1830s by painter George Harvey, out of marble from the quarry he owned. He bought the quarry in 1834 from Van Brugh Livingston. George Harvey also assisted in remodeling Sunnyside for Washington Irving. http://lushergallery.com/george-harvey-biography

Later owners added a tower and ballroom to the structure, and it became known in the village as the Marble Castle. More than 125 years later, the Castle was deemed to be structurally unsound.

In 1963 the structure was razed. After demolition, its marble remains were used as landfill for the exit ramp from the New York State Thruway (I-87) to the Saw Mill River Parkway.

Today, it is the site of a vest-pocket park located between 408 and 414 Warburton Avenue, across the street and a little further south from Antoinette's.

👏👏👏 Croton Aqueduct with the Quarry Railroad Bridge where the marble was brought down from the quarry to the wharf. ____...
05/04/2020

👏👏👏 Croton Aqueduct with the Quarry Railroad Bridge where the marble was brought down from the quarry to the wharf.
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🤫 WITHOUT revealing the location at this time.🤫

🕵️ Do you have an inkling where this is in Hastings?

🤗 Just say YEA or NAY for now

Do you have an inkling where this is in Hastings? Do you know which institutions have been in this spot? If you know imm...
04/29/2020

Do you have an inkling where this is in Hastings? Do you know which institutions have been in this spot?

If you know immediately give others some time to deduce it! Just say YEAH or NAY for now :)

It is wonderful when one memory/story/image begets another then another! Here is Linda Whitehead as the bunny in the Eas...
04/17/2020

It is wonderful when one memory/story/image begets another then another! Here is Linda Whitehead as the bunny in the Easter Parade sponsored by the Kiwanis Club in 1969 with her brother Mike.

The original St. Matthew and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish was built around 1870 and stood in the spot where the pos...
04/13/2020

The original St. Matthew and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish was built around 1870 and stood in the spot where the post office is today. In 1914, St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church was demolished and a more spacious church was constructed on the opposite side of the street, where it is now.

The 2020 bunny is going through the village now!
04/10/2020

The 2020 bunny is going through the village now!

The Bunny is currently on its way to visit Hastings-on-Hudson! Watch for its motorcade as it travels the streets of Hastings.

We are so happy when one Hastings Historical Society post begets another one from a Hastingsite! Thank you Cathy for sha...
04/10/2020

We are so happy when one Hastings Historical Society post begets another one from a Hastingsite! Thank you Cathy for sharing these treasures with us!

“I was the Easter bunny for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Hastings in 1964. As you know it was sponsored by the Southside Social and Athletic Club. [The following] pictures were taken in front of Ziggy's Market (the south west side of the bridge). Ziggy's wife Lee helped me into my costume and used white shoe polish for my face.

It was such an exciting time, as it is every year. Riding in a convertible, at the head of the parade with the children and families of Hastings following to the secret field. That year we went to Reynolds Field. Each child was given a box of jelly beans after the hunt and of course if you found the golden egg, you won a hugh Easter basket filled with delicioud treats.

As a child of 8, at Draper Park, I found a golden egg. Wow! So exciting! Happy Easter. My husband and I love reading the Historian. You can tell it is truly a labor of love for all of you involved. My Mom Anna Zahurak worked with the first group [of teh Hastings Historical Socety] in the Municipal Building and the cottage on Washington Avenue. We were blessed to grow up in our Beautiful Hastings-on-Hudson.”

~Cathy Zahurak Zuck

In 1965, seven Jewish families decided to create a temple in Hastings.To raise funds for the building of a new home, in ...
04/08/2020

In 1965, seven Jewish families decided to create a temple in Hastings.To raise funds for the building of a new home, in 1968 the Beth Shalom community created a portfolio of limited-edition prints, representing the work of seven local artists. Artists participating in the Temple Portfolio were Maurice Freedman, K.M. Plowitz, Lousie A. Freedman, Miriam Begg, John Begg, Arlé Sklar-Weinstein, and Frances Besner-Newman.

Temple Beth Shalom - Hastings on Hudson is at 740 North Broadway was completed and dedicated in 1971.

The Hastings Historical Society has a dearth of archives and ephemera of life at the Temple and Jewish celebrations throughout the years in Hastings. We welcome all to enrich our archives. You may reach out to us through FB, email or through the website:

https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/preserving-hastings-history/

"Back in the mid-50s, when I was in elementary school, the annual Easter Egg Hunt in town was a very big deal... everyon...
04/05/2020

"Back in the mid-50s, when I was in elementary school, the annual Easter Egg Hunt in town was a very big deal... everyone would meet in the village, either at the VFW or old Youth Center and parade up Main Street toward five corners. When we arrived at that junction, we either headed straight toward Reynolds Field or took the right toward Draper Park. Each year the location was a closely guarded secret so that nobody could get an advance look at where the eggs were hidden."


Look back to 2009 when Judy (Wemer) Chamberlain shared her memories of the 1950s around Easter Time.


https://hastingshistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/2009/03/hunting-for-easter-eggs.html

03/23/2020

Until you can visit in person- enjoy this slice of Hastings via the @hudsonrivermuseum

Rivertown residents have a special love for the Hudson River. Next up in our series of staff favorites, HRM’s Manager of Membership and Special Events, Megan Haugh, explains why she thinks about Jasper Francis Cropsey’s “View at Hastings-on-Hudson” every day.
What’s your favorite Rivertown painting from @cityofyonkers , @hastingsonhudson , @irvingtonny , #DobbsFerry, #Ossining, @villageofcroton , #Tarrytown, #SleepyHollow and north? Tell us in the comments.

#HRMCollections #MuseumFromHome #jaspercropsey #HudsonRiverSchool #Rivertowns #Westchester #landscape

Image: Jasper Francis Cropsey, (American, 1823-1900). “View at Hastings-on-Hudson,” ca. 1895-1897. Oil on canvas. Lent by Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District, 1971. (71.25)

Recent Acquisition: Moon Over Hastings Fireplace Screen. Come see this artifact, back home after nearly 160 years!•An im...
03/08/2020

Recent Acquisition: Moon Over Hastings Fireplace Screen. Come see this artifact, back home after nearly 160 years!

An important artifact was recently donated to us by James and Abby Draper. James is a great-grandson of Henry Draper's brother, Daniel.

This image of the moon is one of approximately 1,500 taken by Dr. Henry Draper at his observatory (now the Society's home) in the 1863 time frame. Mounted between two plates of glass and framed, it was used as a decorative fireplace screen. For unknown reasons, the image is mounted upside down.

The screen came to us from the Metmuseum Arts, where it was part of the 2019 exhibit Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography. That exhibit, presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, traced the progress of lunar photography from the 1840s to the present.

#HastingsHistoricalSociety #DraperFamily #HastingsOnHudson #MetropolitanMuseumOfArt #MoonInTheAgeofPhotography #HenryDraper #RecentAcquisition

Reposting for International Women’s Day on March 8th!
03/07/2020

Reposting for International Women’s Day on March 8th!

Dear Hastings,
In honor of International Women's Day (Sunday 3/8) the March 6th (today!) issue of the Rivertowns Enterprise features a front page story about our women business owners. In fact the Enterprise itself was founded by four Hastings women (Carol Ettinger, Mary Whiting, Nancy Caruso, Joan Hannigan) in 1975!

special thanks to the Hastings Historical Society for the photograph!

We love this post by Destination Hastings in honor of Women’s History Month!
03/06/2020

We love this post by Destination Hastings in honor of Women’s History Month!

In honor of International Women's Day which is this Sunday March 8th please join us in pausing to appreciate our many downtown women business owners. You may have seen the banner at the 5 Corners and today's Enterprise article (see the last post for the full story) and individual business owners were (or will soon be) presented certificates by myself, Mayor Armacost and Trustee Lopez (please note: if we missed you on our first outing don't worry one of us will be by soon!). We appreciate every single one of our downtown businesses, over 40 of which are owned or co-owned by women (approximately 40% of the total) and so it's a nice moment to celebrate them....enjoy these photos - just a fraction, but a wonderful sampling, in this "Then & Now" post - and special thanks to the Hastings Historical Society for sharing the historical photographs with us! It’s also Women’s History Month!

This Cropsey painting of Hastings is always on view at the @Hudson River Museum
02/19/2020

This Cropsey painting of Hastings is always on view at the @Hudson River Museum

Jasper Cropsey, who was born #OTD in 1823 in Staten Island, was one of the many artists inspired by the Palisades. After the architect and landscape painter moved to Hastings-on-Hudson in 1885, he captured the beauty of the changing seasons from his studio window.

Cropsey was part of the second generation of artists associated with the Hudson River School, and he was known for his autumnal landscapes. This work, “View at Hastings-on-Hudson,” is on view at the HRM and has been on loan from Hastings on Hudson UFSD since 1971.

#JasperCropsey #HRMCollections #HudsonRiverSchool #HudsonRiverMuseum

Image: Jasper Francis Cropsey, (American, 1823-1900). "View at Hastings-on-Hudson," ca. 1895-1897. Oil on canvas. Lent by Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District, 1971. (71.25)

Hudson River Museum
02/19/2020

Hudson River Museum

Jasper Cropsey, who was born #OTD in 1823 in Staten Island, was one of the many artists inspired by the Palisades. After the architect and landscape painter moved to Hastings-on-Hudson in 1885, he captured the beauty of the changing seasons from his studio window.

Cropsey was part of the second generation of artists associated with the Hudson River School, and he was known for his autumnal landscapes. This work, “View at Hastings-on-Hudson,” is on view at the HRM and has been on loan from Hastings on Hudson UFSD since 1971.

#JasperCropsey #HRMCollections #HudsonRiverSchool #HudsonRiverMuseum

Image: Jasper Francis Cropsey, (American, 1823-1900). "View at Hastings-on-Hudson," ca. 1895-1897. Oil on canvas. Lent by Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District, 1971. (71.25)

02/17/2020

We’re open tomorrow from 11 am to 2 pm. Come research your house or neighborhood, and view our exhibits! Take a look at our new Draper fireplace screen, on display recently at the Met

02/14/2020

Hello Hastingsite Hivemind:

Of course we know know that women have always worked- inside and out of the home, paid or not, recognized or not. But

Can you recollect any women owned HoH businesses in Hastings BEFORE 1970?

02/01/2020

We are open today from 2-4!

See the exhibit! Do research! Learn about Hastings of yesteryear!!

In honor of #SquirrelAppreciationDay!Generations of residents have enjoyed Raffaello Menconi’s bronze squirrel statue th...
01/21/2020

In honor of #SquirrelAppreciationDay!

Generations of residents have enjoyed Raffaello Menconi’s bronze squirrel statue that sits at the entrance to the “Squirrel Alley” path between Maple Avenue and Riverview Place. Local graphic designer Lindsey Jeanne Taylor designed her interpretation of this beloved iconic image.

Future Historian Squirrel Tee: T-Shirt $15.00

Size: Toddler (3T) or Toddler (5/6) Color: Gray Heather with Navy or Hot Pink with Black

Size: Youth XS (7/8) and Youth Medium (10) Color: Turquoise with Midnight Blue or Lime Green with Navy @ Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

Check out the shop!
https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/our-shop/

#SquirrelAppreciationDay #HastingsOnHudson

HOW NEW YORK BECAME THE EMPIRE CITY:  The Aqueduct from Croton to Manhattan•An Illustrated Talk by Tom Tarnowsky about t...
01/18/2020

HOW NEW YORK BECAME THE EMPIRE CITY:
The Aqueduct from Croton to Manhattan

An Illustrated Talk by Tom Tarnowsky about the daring project to bring “pure and wholesome” water to New York, forever changing the City.

Sunday, January 26th at 3 pm in the Orr Room at the Hastings Library

The talk complements an exhibit of architectural and engineering drawings, illustrations, maps and photographs, curated by Mr. Tarnowsky, currently on display at the Keeper’s House, 15 Walnut Street, Dobbs Ferry.
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#HastingsHistoricalSociety #OCA #CrotonAqueduct #HastingsLibrary #HastingsOnHudson #FreeLecture

"NEWS AT HOME" This page of photographs was included in Harry Todd's May 1945 "News At Home" newsletter sent to all the ...
01/12/2020

"NEWS AT HOME"

This page of photographs was included in Harry Todd's May 1945 "News At Home" newsletter sent to all the members of the Hastings Southside Social and Athletic Club who were in the service during World War II. The photos were by Joe Steffek. Harry himself appears at the top right, seated at his typewriter. On the left is Joe Algeo in his drugstore at 525 Warburton Avenue. Right below him is Main Street, looking east from Warburton Avenue and below that is the Municipal Building. To the right is the bottom of Washington Avenue with Pupko's Grill & Restaurant on the corner and Tamuk's Tavern next to the 7Up sign. Above that is Warburton Avenue, looking north from the Bridge with Ansel's Bar & Grill on the right. http://hastingshistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/2009/04/mystery-solved-southside-clubs-service.html

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

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Thursday 11:00 - 14:00

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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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