Hastings Historical Society

Hastings Historical Society Located in New York’s lower Hudson Valley www.hastingshistorical.org hastingshistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/ flickr.com/photos/hastingshistoricalsociety/ instagram.com/HastingsHistoricalSociety

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

Check out our latest blog by Natalie Barry, President of the Hastings Historical Society, about her visit to Hillside El...
06/01/2019
Hastings Historical Society

Check out our latest blog by Natalie Barry, President of the Hastings Historical Society, about her visit to Hillside Elementary earlier this year.

"Hillside Students as Urban Planners - Visions of Downtown and the Waterfront"

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#HastingsHistoricalSociety #HHS #BlogPost #HillsideElementary #Downtown #Waaterfront

05/25/2019

We are closed this Monday. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

The Hastings Historical Society's Annual Board Meeting & LectureSunday, June 9th 2pmCo-Sponsored by Revolutionary Hastin...
05/23/2019

The Hastings Historical Society's Annual Board Meeting & Lecture
Sunday, June 9th 2pm
Co-Sponsored by Revolutionary Hastings

Adventures in the Neutral Ground:
The Battle of Edgar’s Lane & the Revolutionary War in Hastings

The Hastings Historical Society presents a lecture by Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Principal Historian for Revolutionary Hastings, a local group that is expanding our village’s monument commemorating the Battle of Edgar’s Lane.

In addition to the main presentation, there will be a short celebration and review of the Hastings Historical Society’s activities over the past year. Please join us for conversation and light refreshments immediately following the program.

Orr Room
Hastings Public Library
7 Maple Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson
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#HastingsHistoricalSociety #AnnualMeeting #RevolutionaryHastings #HastingsPublicLibrary #BattleofEdgarsLane #ErikWeiselberg @ Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

“The Hastings Pavement Company began operations in 1880 in a factory on the Hastings-on-Hudson waterfront, where crushed...
05/02/2019

“The Hastings Pavement Company began operations in 1880 in a factory on the Hastings-on-Hudson waterfront, where crushed limestone from Verplanck Point, up the Hudson River, was mixed with hot asphalt from Trinidad and poured into molds that turned out uniform blocks, which could be laid over a concrete base to make durable, waterproof streets and sidewalks.”

City Dwellers Still Set Foot on Paving Blocks - The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/1994/07/09/opinion/l-city-dwellers-still-set-foot-on-paving-blocks-622168.html

Hexagonal Asphalt Pavers Gallery — Historic Pavement
http://www.historicpavement.com/hexagonal-asphalt-pavers-gallery

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City Dwellers Still Set Foot on Paving Blocks
JULY 9, 1994

To the Editor:

As a history buff, I found your June 20 news article on the comeback of bluestone and other stone sidewalks in the New York City area most interesting; but I was surprised that you omitted a popular sidewalk material that has been around for more than 100 years: Hastings paving blocks.

Anyone who has walked on the Fifth Avenue or Central Park West sides of Central Park must have noticed the handsome, wide sidewalks made of eight-inch hexagonal Hastings paving blocks.

These blocks are also highly visible at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on West 41st Street, the International Paper Plaza, the pier of the Holland America Line, the promenade at Battery Park City and Liberty Plaza on Ellis Island, to mention just a few of the more than 150 miles of asphalt paving blocks that have been laid in New York City.

The Hastings Pavement Company began operations in 1880 in a factory on the Hastings-on-Hudson waterfront, where crushed limestone from Verplanck Point, up the Hudson River, was mixed with hot asphalt from Trinidad and poured into molds that turned out uniform blocks, which could be laid over a concrete base to make durable, waterproof streets and sidewalks.

Over the years the process has been refined, the materials have been improved and strengthened, the designs and colors expanded, but the original hexagonal and rectangular shapes remained popular.

The early employees were primarily immigrants, who performed all the operations by hand, and the plant was known locally as the "fog factory" because of the stone dust and smoke that usually enveloped the building and its environs.
The company remained in Hastings until 1936, when it moved to Long Island. Today its world headquarters are in Freeport, and it has branch offices along the East Coast from Atlanta to Boston, as well as in Chicago.

MARY L. ALLISON
President, Hastings Historical Soc. Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. June 29, 1994

We are open tomorrow from 2-4pm! Check out our exhibit Growing Hastings: A Community Evolves. Part 3 of a three-part ser...
04/06/2019

We are open tomorrow from 2-4pm! Check out our exhibit Growing Hastings: A Community Evolves. Part 3 of a three-part series on the history of Hastings.

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🇺🇸 The latest issue of The Hastings Historian is fresh off the presses! Our cover story is "Sergeant Nicholas Albert Lan...
03/22/2019

🇺🇸 The latest issue of The Hastings Historian is fresh off the presses! Our cover story is "Sergeant Nicholas Albert Landzert, Jr.: Hastings Doughboy Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice." In honor of the 100 year anniversary of WWI.

🇺🇸 2019 is the 100 year anniversary of the establishing of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization and specifically the James Daley Post No. 200 of the V.F.W.

🇺🇸 The VFW will be honored in this years memorial parade. Do you have images or family stories you would like to share about WWI or Hastings' VFW?

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Hudson Heights: What was there. 1952...#HastingsHistoricalSociety #tbt #LincolnAvenue #LefurgyAvenue #CochraneAvenue #Je...
03/07/2019

Hudson Heights: What was there. 1952
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#HastingsHistoricalSociety #tbt #LincolnAvenue #LefurgyAvenue #CochraneAvenue #JeffersonAvenue #WhatWasThere #HastingsOnHudson #HudsonHeights @ Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

The snow is beautiful up here in Draper Park. Come visit us today from 2-4pm!...#HastingsHistoricalSociety #MarchSnow #O...
03/02/2019

The snow is beautiful up here in Draper Park. Come visit us today from 2-4pm!
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#HastingsHistoricalSociety #MarchSnow #OpenToday #DraperPark #CozyInside @ John William Draper House

03/01/2019

Trudge through the snow and join us tomorrow from 2-4 at the Cottage!

Learn about the origins of your street's name, is yours named after a person?

• Clunie Ave: General Clunie, a Civil War officer and close friend of Col. Truman.

• Fulton St: for inventor and engineer Robert Fulton (1765-1815) known for his steam-powered ship

• Hall Pl: for Lee Hall, local architect and builder who lived there in the mid-20th century.

• Dudley St: named for the Gilman Dudley family who had an estate called Clover Nook be tween Broadway and Warburton Ave. in the 19th century

• Cochrane Ave: Gary Cochran (1876-1918), a 19th-century, college foot ball Hall-of-Fame player

02/17/2019

Off tomorrow for President’s Day?
Come by the Hastings Historical Society tomorrow from 11-2pm!!

Go see the John William Draper work at the Hudson River Museum from the collection of the Hastings Historical Society.. ...
02/16/2019

Go see the John William Draper work at the Hudson River Museum from the collection of the Hastings Historical Society.
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"Photographic Plates of the Moon," ca. 1850. Photo emulsion on metal plate. Curated by Mark Taylor.
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Now on view, "A Century of Lunar Photography & Beyond" celebrates the 50th anniversary of #Apollo11’s moon landing with a selection of images from the 19th–21st century. This exhibition is a companion to #TheColorOfTheMoon: Lunar Painting in American Art. #HRMMoon #Astronomy #Photography #LunarPhotography #Moon

Since the invention of photography, humans have been drawn to capturing our closest astronomical object, the moon. Both of these images of the moon were produced using a similar technique, yet they were created more than 150 years apart.

Now on view, "A Century of Lunar Photography & Beyond" celebrates the 50th anniversary of #Apollo11’s moon landing with a selection of images from the 19th–21st century. This exhibition is a companion to #TheColorOfTheMoon: Lunar Painting in American Art. #HRMMoon #Astronomy #Photography #LunarPhotography #Moon #Moons#HRM100

Image: Attributed to John William Draper. "Photographic Plates of the Moon," ca. 1850. Photo emulsion on metal plate. Hastings Historical Society.
Image: Robert Shlaer. "The Full Moon, December 19–20, 2002,"
2002. Daguerreotype. Collection of the Artist.

May we present to you the new Clark Auditorium.
02/12/2019

May we present to you the new Clark Auditorium.

The Clark Auditorium at the Museum is named for Dr. Kenneth Clark, a psychologist, advocate for racial integration & first African American elected to the Board of Regents.

Last week new panels were installed at the auditorium that honor Dr. Clark’s legacy. #BlackHistoryMonth

02/01/2019

🔥sale🔥

While you are visiting the Cottage tomorrow pick of a package of 10 notecards with envelopes are only $1!!! 🔥sale🔥We are...
02/01/2019

While you are visiting the Cottage tomorrow pick of a package of 10 notecards with envelopes are only $1!!! 🔥sale🔥

We are clearing out old merchandise to make room for new items. 🔥sale🔥

pick up at cottage or call to make other arrangements (shipping and handling will be extra) 🔥sale🔥
#HastingsHistoricalSociety #WhatWasThere #GrowingHastings #CommunityEvolves #ObserveHistory #TodaysTomorrowsYesterday #FireSale

We are open tomorrow, Saturday February 2nd, from 2-4pm. Come by to see the exhibit "Growing Hastings: A Community Evolv...
02/01/2019

We are open tomorrow, Saturday February 2nd, from 2-4pm. Come by to see the exhibit "Growing Hastings: A Community Evolves"

PLUS+ We are clearing out old merchandise to make room for new items. These perpetual birthday calendars are on SALE for $1 each! 12 vintage photos on quality paper. Pick up at Cottage or call to make other arrangements (shipping and handling will be extra)

#HastingsHistoricalSociety #WhatWasThere #GrowingHastings #CommunityEvolves #ObserveHistory #TodaysTomorrowsYesterday #perpetualbirthdaycalendars

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01/29/2019
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Dobbs Ferry’s Oswald Garrison Villard!
01/22/2019

Dobbs Ferry’s Oswald Garrison Villard!

Martin Luther King Jr., born January 15, 1929. In 1957, Dr. King was awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal for his leadership role in the Montgomery bus protest movement. One of the founders of the NAACP in 1909 was Dobbs Ferry resident, civil rights activist, and editor of the New York Evening Post, Oswald Garrison Villard, (1872-1949). Villard was featured on a 2009 US Postal Service Civil Rights Pioneers Commerative 42 cent stamp, along with Daisy Gatson Bates (1914-1999) journalist and civil rights activist who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis in 1957.

The Hastings Historical Society is open every Monday and Thursday from 10am–2pm (year-round) & the 1st Saturday of  ever...
01/02/2019

The Hastings Historical Society is open every Monday and Thursday from 10am–2pm (year-round) & the 1st Saturday of every month from 2pm–4pm (except July and August)

🎉🎉🎉Happy New Year from the Hastings Historical Society!🎉🎉🎉We are delighted to share Arne J. Soderman - His Art. His Art ...
01/01/2019

🎉🎉🎉Happy New Year from the Hastings Historical Society!🎉🎉🎉

We are delighted to share Arne J. Soderman - His Art. His Art commercial art from the 50's. He also made some wonderful paintings of some key Hastings spots and of the area in general.

As his son Gary Soderman wrote "From the old 'Hastings News' weekly paper December 30 1953 !!...my dad owned a business 'Hastings Sign and Display' at 491 Warburton Ave (and later on in the 700 block) in the early 1950's .. He painted signs and did the advertising art work for many of the businesses in Hastings during that time !! .. This is a page from the newspaper with some of the display adds he created .. Thinking some might recognize the businesses !!"

Thank you for another year of making history with us! Season’s greetings 🎄🥂🎄Christmas card featuring the female employee...
12/24/2018

Thank you for another year of making history with us! Season’s greetings 🎄🥂🎄

Christmas card featuring the female employees of the Zinsser Chemical Company, 1942: H. Bednarchak, H. Wells, R. Dann, J. Ramsey, E. Crotty, F. Crotty, K. Devlin, E. Ervine, R. Paul, A. Teekle, G. McKernan, N. Prince

HOLIDAY HOURS**The Cottage is open tonight  from 5:30-8:00 pm**The Hastings Historical Society will be closed Monday Dec...
12/21/2018

HOLIDAY HOURS
**The Cottage is open tonight from 5:30-8:00 pm**

The Hastings Historical Society will be closed
Monday December 24th and 31st.

We will be open Thursday December 27th and January 3rd plus Saturday Jan 5th.

The Langmuirs’ 1936 Christmas card showing the view of the quarry from Draper Park...#HastingsHistoricalSociety #Langmui...
12/18/2018

The Langmuirs’ 1936 Christmas card showing the view of the quarry from Draper Park
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#HastingsHistoricalSociety #Langmuirs #ChristmasGreetings #Quarry #WhatWasThere #ObserveHistory #TodaysTomorrowsYesterday

12/08/2018

Thank you Boro6 Wine Bar for hosting us this evening! It’s was quite a party all night long 👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉

We will be at Boro6 Wine Bar tonight selling tickets to the crawl and the following seasonal note cards!
12/07/2018

We will be at Boro6 Wine Bar tonight selling tickets to the crawl and the following seasonal note cards!

The Hastings Historical Society is supporting "Revolutionary Hastings" - why don't you, too!"The Revolutionary War Battl...
12/06/2018

The Hastings Historical Society is supporting "Revolutionary Hastings" - why don't you, too!

"The Revolutionary War Battle of Edgars Lane was one of the most dramatic events in the history of Hastings-on-Hudson. On September 30, 1778, Continental soldiers successfully attacked a patrol of British-allied Hessian soldiers along the stretch of road that is now Broadway near Edgars Lane. As many as 500 men fought that day, with some 15 Hessian dead, as well as possibly one Continental. But despite the significance of this military success during a dark time in Westchester, the site of this battle in the center of our village is indicated only by two small markers created in the 1930s. Learn more.

Revolutionary Hastings is a new committee formed under the auspices of the Hastings Historical Society. We have proposed an enhanced monument plaza at the village gateway on Broadway and Warburton, near the site of the battle. Six new displays containing substantial historical content will be installed, and we are commissioning maps of the battle and the region, as well as a website and school curriculum materials. A dedication of the new plaza is envisioned for Spring 2019.

The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson has voted to support us with a $10,000 grant, and we have been endorsed by Revolutionary Westchester 250, the Westchester chapter of the DAR, and Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct.

Now we need to raise another $10,000 to complete this important project, and we need your help! Please consider donating here or sending a generous tax-deductible donation to the Hastings Historical Society, 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706, with your name, email and address, earmarked “Revolutionary Hastings” in the subject line, or donate via our PayPal button on the Hastings Historical Society webpage.

We also need researchers and fundraising assistance; volunteers, please contact Niles Jaeger at riverjaeger[at]aol[dot]com

Help us to better honor those early patriots who fought for freedom right here in our backyard!

Revolutionary Hastings
Fred Charles, Andrew Bordwin John Flack, Davey Jackowe and Niles Jaeger

http://www.hastingshistorical.org/revolutionaryhastings.shtml

The Holiday Emporium @ Observatory Cottage in Draper Park is open tomorrow Saturday, December 1st from 2pm–4pm. You can ...
11/30/2018

The Holiday Emporium @ Observatory Cottage in Draper Park is open tomorrow Saturday, December 1st from 2pm–4pm. You can see the exhibit “Growing Hastings: A Community Evolves,” do research & shop Hastings-themed merchandise.
#ShopLocal #GiveTheGiftOfHastings #HastingsHistoricalSociety #JasperCropsey

https://hastingshistorical.org/emporium/

"In 1885, Jasper Cropsey moved to this Gothic Revival-style villa on a hill overlooking the Palisades. The home was originally constructed in 1835 and Cropsey added to it a spacious studio with skylights and a massive inglenook fireplace. It was here that he painted sun-filled, meticulously rendered landscapes— often of Hudson River scenes—until his death. The house, which Cropsey dubbed “Ever Rest,” is owned and managed by the nonprofit Newington-Cropsey Foundation. Period wallpapers and curtains enhance the décor, which includes furniture designed by the artist. There is also a large selection of Cropsey’s paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints as well as samples of his painting implements and other personal effects. The nearby Gallery of Art features paintings from all phases of Cropsey’s career hung in the manner of a 19th century picture gallery." https://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/sites/Cropsey-Home-and-Studio-/details

Address

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

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 14:00
Thursday 11:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(914) 478-2249

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