Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association Founded in 1886, H&NRHA is headquartered at Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, New York.
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Wishing everyone observing Kwanzaa peace, love, unity and the celebration of the proud heritage of family. Kwanzaa bless...
12/26/2019

Wishing everyone observing Kwanzaa peace, love, unity and the celebration of the proud heritage of family. Kwanzaa blessings to you and yours.

12/24/2019
Peace on Earth WWII

Last Christmas we posted the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914. This year we share a relatively unknown story of what “peace on earth” could look like. It was retold in a speech given by Pres. Reagan in 1985 and again in an old TV show “Unsolved Mysteries”. This video is the TV footage with the original family member recalling that Christmas Eve in 1944 as a young 12 year old boy.
To all celebrating Christmas,
“May you be blessed with the spirit of the season, which is peace,
The gladness of the season, which is hope,
And the heart of the season, which is love.”
Merry Christmas

To all members of our community celebrating Hanukkah; may the Festival of Lights bring you the blessings of good health,...
12/23/2019

To all members of our community celebrating Hanukkah; may the Festival of Lights bring you the blessings of good health, good fortune, peace, love, prosperity, happiness & joy today and always.

Our  Sister City, La Rochelle France, at Christmas Time. Do you know the history of this wonderful seaside town? Follow ...
12/08/2019

Our Sister City, La Rochelle France, at Christmas Time. Do you know the history of this wonderful seaside town? Follow the link, it’s not a short read but lots of wonderful photographs.
https://frenchmoments.eu/la-rochelle-history/

Learn about how and why New Rochelle, NY came to be and what La Rochelle is like now. “So that’s why our Football team is called the Huguenots”

Photo taken by Raphael Chekroun, thank you for sharing it!

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association's cover photo
12/08/2019

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association's cover photo

A great community event. Come out and enjoy the season with friends and family!MORE INFO:The New Rochelle Chamber of Com...
12/03/2019

A great community event. Come out and enjoy the season with friends and family!

MORE INFO:
The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and City of New Rochelle present The Annual Holiday Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 5th at 5:30pm at Memorial Plaza. Join us for music, caroling, and nice hot cocoa!

Special appearance by The Grinch and Photo Op with Santa!

For more info: Call 914-632-5700 or email [email protected]

Congratulations to our GREAT NR Huguenots 2019 State Champs! Well deserved! ! !
12/01/2019

Congratulations to our GREAT NR Huguenots 2019 State Champs! Well deserved! ! !

11/19/2019

Stop by the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association tent at the Down to Earth Markets New Rochelle at the @Thomas Paine Cottage Museum this Friday from 10am-2pm for a free hot chocolate & candy cane.

LAST day of the 2019 season! Stop by and stock up on your favorite vendor's items as we get ready to celebrate the holiday season!

11/17/2019
"Mobituaries": Thomas Paine and the death of a forgotten founding father

If you haven't listened to Mo Rocca's podcast, Mobituaries
now is a great time to start. His episode on Paine is wonderful! Thanks Mo for a great piece of work.

Mo Rocca pulls out all the stops to honor the Revolutionary author whose pamphlets lit the fuse for American independence but who remains little-remembered today

Who doesn't enjoy a long holiday weekend? Enjoy a concert at Hudson Park hosted by Calabria Society of New Rochelle and ...
10/11/2019

Who doesn't enjoy a long holiday weekend? Enjoy a concert at Hudson Park hosted by Calabria Society of New Rochelle and Eastchester's Annual Columbus Weekend Festival. Fireworks on Sunday, rides, vendors, homemade wine - what could be better!
Have a wonderful Fall weekend.

Our hearts & prayers go out to New Rochelle Firefighter Dean Archer's family. Rest in peace.
10/01/2019

Our hearts & prayers go out to New Rochelle Firefighter Dean Archer's family. Rest in peace.

We lost one of our own yesterday. Firefighter Dean Archer passed away while off-duty.

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his wife, daughter, and family. Dean was a 30 year veteran firefighter, an absolute gentleman, a pleasure to work beside and will always be a part of our family. Rest In Peace brother, New Rochelle’s firefighters salute you.
UPDATE:The times for FF Deane Archer’s services are as follows:

Location: All services will be at St. Catherine’s AME Zion Church, 21 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y.

Wake: 10:00-11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 5, 2019

Funeral: 11:00 A.M.

Following the funeral, the procession will travel to Main St., proceed past Station 1, then proceed to Ferncliff Crematorium in Hartsdale, N.Y., where there will be a short ceremony.

Following the ceremony at Ferncliff, guests will be invited back to St. Catherine’s Church basement for a collation.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our friends at Beechmont Tavern are holding a Happy Hour Fundraising Event. Co...
10/01/2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our friends at Beechmont Tavern are holding a Happy Hour Fundraising Event. Come out and help support finding the cure.

Wishing Oktoberfest would last a bit longer? Well it does at Paine's Pub at Thomas Paine Cottage Museum. Doors opened ti...
09/26/2019

Wishing Oktoberfest would last a bit longer? Well it does at Paine's Pub at Thomas Paine Cottage Museum. Doors opened till 9pm!
Come out & enjoy 1st night of ArtsFest 2019 and while you're waiting till next Friday, please visit our generous sponsors, Beechmont Tavern (best wings in NR) & Nahmias Et Fils Distillery (fine spirits) without their support, nights like these are not possible!

Start ArtsFest weekend off right!
09/26/2019

Start ArtsFest weekend off right!

New Rochelle is so lucky to have him involved with our great city.
09/16/2019

New Rochelle is so lucky to have him involved with our great city.

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera in receiving the Medal of Freedom today! An honor well deserved.The Presidential Medal...
09/16/2019

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera in receiving the Medal of Freedom today! An honor well deserved.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded by the president of the United States "for especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

09/08/2019
Update on saving Leland Castle. We will be handing out postcards at our table at the New Rochelle Street Fair this Sunda...
09/03/2019

Update on saving Leland Castle. We will be handing out postcards at our table at the New Rochelle Street Fair this Sunday. Please stop by, pick one up and send it out! Everyone's voice is important, everyone's voice is needed.

FYI for our community - upcoming Job Fair
08/22/2019

FYI for our community - upcoming Job Fair

An early photo of Leland Castle
08/22/2019

An early photo of Leland Castle

Help save a valued piece of New Rochelle history, the Leland Castle. Please take a moment and read the press release bel...
08/22/2019

Help save a valued piece of New Rochelle history, the Leland Castle. Please take a moment and read the press release below on how you can help. Everyone's voice is important, everyone's voice is needed.

FREE pilates mat class Friday morning. 10-10:30amCome to the Friday New Rochelle Farmers Market to try out a pilates mat...
08/15/2019

FREE pilates mat class Friday morning. 10-10:30am

Come to the Friday New Rochelle Farmers Market to try out a pilates mat class for FREE! Club Pilates is a new studio in New Rochelle and they will be introducing themselves and their fitness programs through this free activity on the lawn of the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, next to the farmers market. Pilates fans and newcomers are all welcome. Mats will be provided. See event post Thomas Paine Cottage Museum for full details.

TONIGHT'S NETWORKING EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE ! ! See our event page for full details.
08/14/2019

TONIGHT'S NETWORKING EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE ! ! See our event page for full details.

Beechmont Tavern
08/12/2019

Beechmont Tavern

#TBT

The folk band The Beechmont’s Origin story told by Marcy Murphy:

As all teenage Ursuline girls in the 1950s(!), I loved going on a date with an Iona Prep boy to The Beechmont!! (where else?) In June of 1959, Bill Murphy asked me to do just THAT. He proceeded to call me every day afterward to go to The Beechmont- maybe once or twice to the movies, after which we ended up at "The Mont". Bill was a great lead singer and Jim Kirby harmonized with him but they needed a third harmony part-- that was me!!
To this day I'm convinced that the main reason Bill called me was the free drinks we were given at the Beechmont bar for singing all the classics requested by the "over-served" clientele!
In the winter of ‘61 we made a record album and,of course, we named ourselves "The Beechmonts".
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#ionacollege #newrochelle #newrochelleny

08/07/2019
Artsmobile @NewRo Farmer's Market this Friday 9-2pm

ArtsWestchester, with major support from White Plains Hospital and Con Edison, launched the ArtsMobile in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester’s new ArtsMobile, a colorful RAM van custom-fit with all kinds of art supplies, will bring free arts programming to children and audiences of all ages outside the traditional classroom or studio setting.
Coming to the New Rochelle Farmer's Market at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum grounds this Friday.
See all you budding artists there!

Don't forget - this Thurs. Aug 1st. - NEW ROCHELLE PLAYLAND DAYCome visit us this Thursday @the New Rochelle Chamber of ...
07/30/2019

Don't forget - this Thurs. Aug 1st. -
NEW ROCHELLE PLAYLAND DAY
Come visit us this Thursday @the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce table for coupons and info about our city.
More info - https://playlandpark.org/event/new-rochelle-day/

A REALLY BIG WEEKEND for New Rochelle is coming! North Avenue closes Sat. morning July27th for the Mariano Rivera Parade...
07/22/2019
Marinas, Docks & Harbors | New Rochelle, NY

A REALLY BIG WEEKEND for New Rochelle is coming! North Avenue closes Sat. morning July27th for the Mariano Rivera Parade starting at City Hall @10am! Then follow the parade to Hudson Park Bandshell for a Rally! - (Remember, Thomas Paine was a Yankee!)

A little time off until the Lighted Boat Parade beginning around 8:30pm.

Just after sunset, boats begin at Hudson Park sundeck, parade westward along the shoreline, viewing along Hudson and Neptune Parks.

Interested boaters contact Captain Salvatore Gugliara at (914) 235-6930 or visit www.newrochelleny.com/marina.

Don't forget- Summer Concert Series @ Hudson Park - Friday, July 26th: TAJ WEEKES & ADOWA Dynamic reggae band. Food truck: Tecas Tacos

Finish your weekend off by visiting the Thomas Paine Cottage on Sunday. http://www.thomaspainecottage.org/calendar.html for available tours!

New Rochelle Bastille Day Celebrations start Friday 7/12Friday 7/12  7:30pm Hudson Park BandshellLa Rochelle Musicians M...
07/12/2019

New Rochelle Bastille Day Celebrations start Friday 7/12

Friday 7/12 7:30pm Hudson Park Bandshell
La Rochelle Musicians Marie Célérier, Adèle Salomé, Hugues Sarrat. Part of New Rochelle Jazz Festival.

Saturday 7/13 New Rochelle Library Green
10am - A special ceremony will celebrate our unique sister city relationship with La Rochelle, France.

9am-2pm The Alliance Francaise will have a tent with children’s crafts.
9-10am They’ll offer free introductory French courses for adults.
French books will be on sale as well.

1pm The New Rochelle Public Library is sponsoring a showing of THE RED BALLOON.

6pm La Rochelle Musicians performance

Free berets, French jazz musicians, and, courtesy of Wave Hill Bread, two-for-one baguettes at Downtown Farmer’s Market area

Come on down to watch this unique parade right here in New Rochelle!
07/10/2019

Come on down to watch this unique parade right here in New Rochelle!

SAVE THE DATE - Boats from all marinas are welcome to join! Call 914-235-6930 for more info.

August 1st is New Rochelle day at Rye, Playland ! ! !Info from the office of Legislator, Damon Maher -Summer is here, an...
07/05/2019

August 1st is New Rochelle day at Rye, Playland ! ! !

Info from the office of Legislator, Damon Maher -
Summer is here, and Rye Playland will be celebrating each of Westchester’s towns, cities and villages with special Town Days.
With proof of ID, on Town Day, residents of each Town will receive discounted coupons at the park.
Discounts include a free mini golf game, two-for-one ride admission, free beach or pool admission, a dollar off food value meal and a $5 discount to return to the park at a later date.
Coupons are available on Town Day by going to the Fountain Plaza Administration Building.
Here are the upcoming Town Days for our district:
• Eastchester Day - Wednesday July 10, 2019
• Tuckahoe Day - Tuesday August 27, 2019
• New Rochelle Day - Thursday August 1, 2019
Also new this summer at Playland -- a laser light show, titled Laser Nights: Rockin’ Lights.
Laser Nights takes place at the Music Tower Theater evenings at 8:20 p.m. and 9 p.m. Beginning June 21, Laser Nights will go on Tuesdays through Sundays.
With the sounds of many genres and from different eras of popular music from ‘70s rock and disco through the decades to what’s new on our playlists this year, everyone in the audience is sure to enjoy the sounds as beams dance overhead and create images on the stage.
Come to Playland this summer - another one of our amazing County Parks!

New Rochelle to honor an "historic" Yankee - Mariano Rivera. See you at the parade !
06/27/2019

New Rochelle to honor an "historic" Yankee - Mariano Rivera. See you at the parade !

What can you say about Bill Mullen? History lover, strong deep roots in the New Rochelle community, past President of th...
06/18/2019

What can you say about Bill Mullen? History lover, strong deep roots in the New Rochelle community, past President of the New Rochelle Irish Benevolent Society and current Board President of the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association. That just touches the surface of this kind, sweet man that loved everything New Rochelle and loved his friends & family even more.
We lost so much when Bill passed but he left us with fond memories of his endless New Ro stories, his smile, quick wit and friendship. We invite you to leave your memories of Bill to share. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal”. God bless you Bill.

Happy Father's Day!Did you know that Father’s Day did not become an official holiday until 1972! If it wasn’t for Sonora...
06/16/2019
The Man Who Inspired Father’s Day Was a Single Dad and a Civil War Vet

Happy Father's Day!
Did you know that Father’s Day did not become an official holiday until 1972!
If it wasn’t for Sonora Smart Dodd, daughter of William Jackson Smart a civil war veteran and father of 14 children, it may have never happened. Read her story here on how she was determined to honor her beloved father.https://www.history.com/news/man-who-inspired-fathers-day-civil-war-vet-single-dad

William Jackson Smart was a twice-married, twice-widowed father of 14 children.

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association's cover photo
06/13/2019

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association's cover photo

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association's cover photo
06/07/2019

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association's cover photo

New Rochelle's Annual Children's Fishing Derby returns June 8th 9am at Twin Lakes. All prize winners are invited to the ...
06/01/2019

New Rochelle's Annual Children's Fishing Derby returns June 8th 9am at Twin Lakes.
All prize winners are invited to the Thomas Paine Cottage Grand reopening Colonial Fair June 8th and receives a FREE ticket to enter.
Good luck to everyone and go catch some fish!

All prize winners of fishing derby, come show us your prize and enter the Colonial Fair for FREE! Good luck to everyone!
05/31/2019

All prize winners of fishing derby, come show us your prize and enter the Colonial Fair for FREE! Good luck to everyone!

Join us at our annual Fishing Derby on June 8th from 9am - 12:30pm at the Twins Lakes - Huguenot Park!

What does Memorial Day mean to you?Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May that honors men and women who died...
05/25/2019

What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May that honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Some observe Memorial Day by visiting memorials, attending family barbecues or participating in parades. To most, it is the unofficial beginning of summer.
Is it a day off, day of reflection, remembrance and memorial or both?
What does Memorial Day mean to you?
Post your comments and photos and maybe a remembrance about a military loved one.
Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend as we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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