Hastings Historical Society

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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

Operating as usual

Nadia looking chic at the @hastingsfarmersmarket with our eco-friendly bag features original art in by local fine artist...
08/29/2020

Nadia looking chic at the @hastingsfarmersmarket with our eco-friendly bag features original art in by local fine artist Constanza Mallol

#HastingsHistoricalSociety #WhatWasThere #ObserveHistory #TodaysTommorowsPast #HastingsFarmersMarket #ConstanzaMallol

Our website has a variety of images thoughout. A favorite is someone getting a ticket at Five Corners in 1949. You just ...
08/19/2020

Our website has a variety of images thoughout. A favorite is someone getting a ticket at Five Corners in 1949. You just cannot help admiring the design of the car! Also, you can see the Chrystie House in the background.

https://hastingshistoricalsociety.org/on-site-collections/

560 Warburton AvenueAstoria Federal Saving & LoanBldg. erected 1928Panorama 📸 1986#HastingsHistoricalSociety #WhatWasThe...
07/21/2020

560 Warburton Avenue
Astoria Federal Saving & Loan
Bldg. erected 1928
Panorama 📸 1986

#HastingsHistoricalSociety #WhatWasThere #ObserveHistory #TodaysTommorowsPast #WarburtonAvenue #AstoriaFederalSavingandLoan

Sarasota’s Kate Harris on Her Front-Row Seat During Brown v. Board of Education  Harris’ parents shaped history and welc...
07/07/2020

Sarasota’s Kate Harris on Her Front-Row Seat During Brown v. Board of Education Harris’ parents shaped history and welcomed major Black figures of the civil rights movement into their home.

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It’s not hyperbole to say that Sarasota’s Kate Miriam Clark Harris was born into a family that influenced the course of Black American history—particularly for Black children. Her parents, Drs. Kenneth Clark and Mamie Phipps Clark, were the first and second Black Americans to receive a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University.

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You grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. What was that like?

We were always encouraged to join adult conversations, which included politics. Family friends included New York City mayor David Dinkins, New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, journalist Mike Wallace, future Rep. John Lewis, future civil rights activist and judge Robert Carter, future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, Freedom Rider and attorney Percy Sutton, Harlem politician J. Raymond Jones—the group called him “the Fox”—authors James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison, and Martin Luther King Jr., his wife Coretta and their newborn baby. When I was in high school, Minnijean Brown—one of the Little Rock Nine—lived with us; she was like a sister to me. All of the Little Rock Nine attended my high school graduation.

https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/news-and-profiles/2020/07/kate-harris-sarasota

H/T Hastings News & Community Information

🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸Happy 4th of July from the Hastings Historical Society!🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸Enjoy a silent film from the July 4, 1939 parade 🇺🇸❤️...
07/04/2020

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Happy 4th of July from the Hastings Historical Society!

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Enjoy a silent film from the July 4, 1939 parade

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"...Troops march with riflers in had. Officers with the American flags. Women march with a large American flag in hand. Troops march led by a band. Elderly women march wearing uniforms. A girl's band in the parade. Officers march in uniform."

https://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675064537_ongoing-parade_American-flag_girls-band_troops-march_Hastings-on-Hudson

✏️Do you know Microsoft Publisher?✏️Do you love Hastings’ History?✏️Do you have some time to give?🖋️We are looking for v...
06/26/2020

✏️Do you know Microsoft Publisher?

✏️Do you love Hastings’ History?

✏️Do you have some time to give?

🖋️We are looking for volunteers to assist with laying out our quarterly newsletter the "Hastings Historian".

🖋️It can be a summer or long-term commitment, open to all-ages!

Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark..."earned her Bachelor's and Master’s degree at Howard University. In 1943, Mamie became one of t...
06/22/2020

Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark..."earned her Bachelor's and Master’s degree at Howard University. In 1943, Mamie became one of the first women, and the first black woman, to earn a Ph.D. in psychology at Columbia University.

While providing clinical services to homeless girls in Harlem, Mamie became aware of the lack of mental health resources in Harlem. This led her to create Northside which she founded in 1946 with the help of her husband, friends and family. The center immediately began to help families in the community who were struggling to overcome discrimination.

One of the Clarks' initial projects was to administer intelligence tests to children in the community who had been labeled mentally retarded. The test results provided parents with documentation to combat the racist profiling of their children. Their work also made the illegal practices of the school district public. As Northside grew into its respected role in the community and expanded its services, Mamie Clark served as the Executive Director until retiring in 1980. She died 3 years later, at the age of 65."

https://www.northsidecenter.org/our-history.html

https://www.nytimes.com/1983/08/12/obituaries/mamie-clark-dies-psychologist-aided-blacks.html

"In 1950, the Clarks moved to Hastings’ Pinecrest neighborhood, the area west of the Andrus Memorial Home. They raised t...
06/21/2020

"In 1950, the Clarks moved to Hastings’ Pinecrest neighborhood, the area west of the Andrus Memorial Home. They raised their children here and remained here until their deaths, Mamie in 1983 and Kenneth in 2005. In 1990, Historical Society Trustee Coleman Barkin interviewed Clark for the Society’s oral history collection. The following is an edited version of that interview, in which Clark talks about his house, his neighbors, his friendship with the Lithuanian-born sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, and some of his more famous house guests.

In the interview, Clark refers to “The Chances” who sold them their house. These were African-American lawyer Lucille Chance and her sister Sarah Grey. Their maiden name was Edwards, and under that name they ran a Harlem-based real estate business called Edwards Sisters Realty. Lucille was instrumental in bringing African-American families to Hastings."

https://hastingshistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/2010/05/house-tour-preview-kenneth-clark.html?fbclid=IwAR0EMGkjQXAme5yDxbUCy79NAkgtfs0y5aXXBwqlfRuxHrUS6VFMw4ghqsQ

Minnijean Brown was one of the Little Rock Nine; a brave group of students in Arkansas in 1957. She eventually had to le...
06/21/2020

Minnijean Brown was one of the Little Rock Nine; a brave group of students in Arkansas in 1957. She eventually had to leave her home in Little Rock to finish her high school education. She was hosted by Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark, in Hastings-on-Hudson, so she may attend school in the city.

"As one of the first nine African-American students to attend Little Rock Central High School in 1957, she was taunted, ridiculed and physically battered. On her first day, she faced the horror of the Arkansas National Guard blocking her entrance to the building and the terror of an angry, white mob encircling the school...

[Minnijean Brown-] Trickey was invited to New York City to live in the home of Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark, African-American psychologists who had conducted pioneering research that exposed the negative effects of segregation on African-American children. Their now famous “doll tests,” were part of the documentation used by the NAACP to argue the Brown v. Board of Education case."

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/member-little-rock-nine-discusses-her-struggle-attend-central-high-180958870/

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2009632169/

Very excitingly, a whole new generation of Hastings will soon be making new memories in the new Quarry Park! •Do you rem...
06/17/2020

Very excitingly, a whole new generation of Hastings will soon be making new memories in the new Quarry Park!

Do you remember playing— or even working— in the site of the old quarry? Do you remember it as a dump or a playground? The Hastings Historical Society would love to add your photos and stories of your time at the old quarry site to the archives!

Please email us your stories and photos. If you need assistance scanning them in, please let us know! As always dates and identification of people in the pictures help us keep the archives in order.

Kids, of all ages, we hope you will join us as a citizen-historian and help us to document this time! The Historical Soc...
06/11/2020

Kids, of all ages, we hope you will join us as a citizen-historian and help us to document this time!

The Historical Society asking kids to create a poem, journal entry, sketch or painting, cartoon, haiku or video about what their life is like during this time. Younger kids can complete a special 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule of drawings and short responses. Whatever children create and send to the Historical Society we’ll put it into our archives.

Any student who lives in Hastings can participate whether they go to public or private school. And since we’ll be accepting submissions through the end of August this could be a great summer activity!

Contact us for a workbook. We also have a permission form if your child would like us to share their completed work on our page blog or the quarterly newsletter. Without a permission form we’ll put your child’s submission into to our archives but not share it publicly.

06/06/2020

🇺🇸Volunteers have been working on updating the existing list of Vietnam veterans on the memorial in VFW Park.
🇺🇸If you have names of Hastings residents that are currently not listed­ — see photo of memorial­ — please contact us by July 1st. Those that served must have had "boots on the ground," in other words, must have been stationed in Vietnam.
🇺🇸Due July 1st. This will be the final update to the list.
[email protected]
914-478-2249

🇺🇸Volunteers have been working on updating the existing list of Vietnam veterans on the memorial in VFW Park.🇺🇸If you ha...
06/06/2020

🇺🇸Volunteers have been working on updating the existing list of Vietnam veterans on the memorial in VFW Park.

🇺🇸If you have names of Hastings residents that are currently not listed­ — see photo of memorial­ — please contact us by July 1st. Those that served must have had "boots on the ground," in other words, must have been stationed in Vietnam.

🇺🇸Due July 1st. This will be the final update to the list.
[email protected]
914-478-2249

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

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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

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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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