The Historical Society serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

The Historical Society serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown The Society was founded in 1889. Come visit, our headquarters, the 1848 Jacob Odell House Museum in Tarrytown, NY.

The Historical Society, Inc., a private not-for-profit organization founded in 1889, is dedicated to the study and appreciation of all aspects of the history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, through educational programs, research, archeological projects, preservation advocacy and the collection and preservation of fine arts, decorative arts, archeological objects, printed and manuscript materials and maps, costumes and weaponry, and historic artifacts related to the heritage of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow

Mission: The Historical Society, Inc., a private not-for-profit organization founded in 1889, is dedicated to the study and appreciation of all aspects of the history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, through educational programs, research, archeological projects, preservation advocacy and the collection and preservation of fine arts, decorative arts, archeological objects, printed and manuscript materials and maps, costumes and weaponry, and historic artifacts related to the heritage of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. The major operation units of the Society are: the Jacob Odell landmark house, the museum collections, library (including maps and photographs), archeological workshop, public programs, publications, administrative services and historical architectural preservation programs. The audience served by the Society’s programs includes residents, school and college students and visitors to the community, businesses and governmental agencies in the area, members of the Society, scholars of the history and pre-history of the community, scholars of American history, art historians and the general public. The purposes of the Society are: (1) to collect and preserve artifacts, objects, publications, photographs and other documentary materials related to local, ethnic and family history; prior to and after European settlement; (2) to disseminate information about the history of the community through exhibits, educational programs and publications based on the Society’s collections; (3) to maintain a research library of past and current literature on the history of the community; and (4) to encourage the preservation of the archeological, historical, and architectural heritage of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. To achieve these purposes the Society carries out a broad program of activities including: maintenance of a museum and library at the Jacob Odell House at One Grove Street; permanent, changing and traveling exhibits, educational programs; lectures; publications; preservation of the Society’s collections and archival materials; research on the history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow; landmark identifications; and cooperation with other local historical societies and organizations.

Look what just got donated in time for “Everybody’s Reading the Legend”! (c) 1921
06/15/2019

Look what just got donated in time for “Everybody’s Reading the Legend”!
(c) 1921

When was the last time you read “The Legend”?In honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Legend,  read the story and join a...
06/09/2019

When was the last time you read “The Legend”?
In honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Legend, read the story and join a discussion group at the Historical Society. Details in the picture below and on our website.

Come and get your Strawberry Shortcake!  We are here until 3.
06/09/2019

Come and get your Strawberry Shortcake! We are here until 3.

Till 3pm today we are having our big fundraiser! Come sit with your neighbors and enjoy Strawberry Shortcake. All funds ...
06/09/2019

Till 3pm today we are having our big fundraiser! Come sit with your neighbors and enjoy Strawberry Shortcake. All funds support local history preservation.

Congratulations to Arya Glenn and Maya Weitzen the Hall of Fame Essay Contest Winners for 2019.Arya wrote about John And...
06/06/2019

Congratulations to Arya Glenn and Maya Weitzen the Hall of Fame Essay Contest Winners for 2019.

Arya wrote about John Anderson
Maya wrote about Rafael Joseffy

The Essay Contest is Sponsored by:
Warner Library, The Historial Society & the Villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown.

Essays are posted on the wall on the second floor of the library.

Busy working on our new exhibit celebrating summer in local history and almost missed one of our mannequins trying to ge...
05/23/2019

Busy working on our new exhibit celebrating summer in local history and almost missed one of our mannequins trying to get sneaky!

05/14/2019

The Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Warner Library. Our guest speaker for the evening is author and television personality Mary Calvi, who will discuss her book, Dear George, Dear Mary.
Calvi’s book is “crafted from hundreds of letters, witness accounts, and journal entries” and “explores George’s relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America.”

Mary Calvi is an American television journalist and First Lady of the City of Yonkers, NY. She is the co-anchor of “CBS2 This Morning” and “CBS2 at Noon” at WCBS-TV in New York City, and the recipient of 9 Emmy Awards.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.  We hope you enjoy this image from our "unidentified" people file.  If you recognize anyone, pl...
03/17/2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day. We hope you enjoy this image from our "unidentified" people file. If you recognize anyone, please let us know!

Celebrating Local Black HistoryCLARENCE C. JACKSON JR.Tarrytown’s Legendary High School Athlete By Roger S. GlassIn the ...
02/25/2019

Celebrating Local Black History

CLARENCE C. JACKSON JR.
Tarrytown’s Legendary High School Athlete

By Roger S. Glass

In the early 1920's, one name stood out among the outstanding athletes at Washington Irving High School—Clarence Channing Jackson, Jr. A legendary football player and track and field star, Jackson’s exploits were regularly touted in the Tarrytown Daily News.

“Chan Jackson Makes 65-Yard Run for Touchdown,” a headline from the Nov. 24, 1921 issue of the paper shouted.

“It was a common occurrence for young Jackson to make exceptional long runs and win (football) games within seconds of the final period,” a 1961 article in the same newspaper says. His “terrific burst of speed and his ability to twist, turn, weave and dodge were executed quicker than the bat of an eyelid.”

Another Tarrytown Daily News article, penned by Wally Buxton in May 1960, recalled Jackson’s track and field feats. “On Memorial Day 1922, a track meet was held under the auspices of Washington Irving High School. Six schools competed in the annual meet.” Buxton further wrote “the star of the day was Clarence ‘Chan’ Jackson, certainly a wonder athlete for a boy. His running was tops and his winning of the running jump was thrilling. In the pole vault he established a new record and ran away from the field in the relay race.”

In that same article, Buxton, who grew up with Jackson, reminisced about their childhood together. “I have known ‘Chan’ since 1906. He lived at 62 John Street and he had a wonderful home environment…..
I remember best the days we kicked goals in Cobb’s Lot when Chan Jackson, Johnny Gross, Buck Weaver, Irving Williams, and George Lemon would play against Bill Gross, George Cole, Joe Quinn, Lester Delancy, Red Fisher and Rollie Willams,” Buxton wrote.

Upon his graduation from Washington Irving in 1922, a newspaper editorial said this about Clarence Channing Jackson, Jr.: “We are frank to admit that it will be some years before another Jackson is discovered. He is a wonder-athlete.”

Jackson went on to star in track at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he earned a degree in physical education, and would later coach the first women’s track team to compete internationally.

An Advocate for Baltimore’s Black Youth

Jackson may have saved his best and most important victories for the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. In 1929, the Tarrytown native took a position with the Baltimore Department of Recreation. He was given responsibility for the recreational activities and sports programs for the city’s black youth.

Jackson “organized much of the first amateur sports activities for black Baltimoreans,” a 1972 Baltimore newspaper article said. Jackson told the paper that he “used every trick in the trade, every trick that I could command to gain facilities and opportunities” for black youth.

Ironically, though not surprisingly, a half-century earlier Jackson’s mother, Addie Jackson, had argued for more recreational opportunities for black youth in Tarrytown. Addressing an advisory group set up in the early 1900s to make recommendations for improving the village, Momma Addie said this: 'There is no recreation for colored boys and girls in Tarrytown. The civic league does wonderful work, but outside of that there is no means of recreation provided for us."

Clarence Jackson would become the first black supervisor in the city of Baltimore’s recreation department and, in 1977, the city honored him with the opening of the “C.C. Jackson Recreation Center” in north Baltimore. “I was pleased to read of his (Jackson’s) rise to honor in the Baltimore Press,” his old friend Buxton wrote in the 1960 article. “It was a long overdue tribute to a clean-cut American boy.”

Roger S. Glass was born in Tarrytown in 1952 and currently resides in Washington, DC. His family has roots in Tarrytown that go back to the late 1800s. You can visit his family history blog at www.roger-glass.com.

CELEBRATING TARRYTOWN’S BLACK HISTORYFamily Starts Red Cross Chapter to Aid Black Soldiers Fighting in World War I   by ...
02/13/2019

CELEBRATING TARRYTOWN’S BLACK HISTORY

Family Starts Red Cross Chapter to Aid Black Soldiers Fighting in World War I by Roger Glass

When World War I broke out in 1914, Americans were encouraged to knit items to be sent to the troops. Tarrytown’s Addie Jackson and her daughters Beatrice, Virginia and Marie pitched in by knitting socks, scarves and gloves for the servicemen.

“On Sundays in those days everyone would make a pair of socks and there’d be at least four pairs of socks by the end of the day and gloves and scarves by the end of the week,” Marie Jackson said in a 1981 article published in the Tarrytown Daily News.

However, when Addie Jackson learned that these clothing items were not being sent to black soldiers, she and her daughters started a Red Cross chapter in their Tarrytown home, and began knitting and sending scarves, gloves and socks to the black troops.

“We started the Red Cross in Tarrytown because it (the Red Cross) was segregated in those days,” Virginia Jackson told the Tarrytown newspaper. “They wouldn’t take blacks and there were blacks fighting in the 369th Regiment. So mother started the Red Cross in our home.”

That was the start of almost 70 years of Red Cross involvement on the part of the Jackson family. Over the next several decades, Marie (Jackson) Plater and Virginia (Jackson) Nelson would become tireless and distinguished Red Cross volunteers.

In the 1970s, Marie founded a “call program” for the Tarrytown chapter of the Red Cross that would become a model for Westchester County. She directed volunteers from branches across the county who once a week would call to check up on housebound or ill senior citizens.

Marie is also credited with originating Early Alert, a cooperative effort between the post office and the Red Cross. A March 1981 article in the Tarrytown Daily News described the Early Alert program this way: “If an older person’s mail remains untouched for three days, the letter carrier contacts Red Cross volunteers who investigate to make sure the person is safe.”

In 1968, Virginia Nelson was recognized for 50 years of service to the Red Cross. At the time, she was the Tarrytown chapter’s production chairman. Not surprisingly, the work she was doing in that capacity was consistent with the family tradition. “Mrs. Nelson has earned a reputation at Chapter headquarters for invariably being able to fill requests for sweaters, afghans, gift bags or whatever other knitting and sewing is needed,” a newspaper article said in a report on Virginia’s recognition for 50 years of service.

Roger S. Glass is the great grandson of the late Clarence Jackson and the late Addie Jackson, both longtime Tarrytown residents; the grandson of the late Virginia Jackson Nelson and the late Henry Nelson, both lifelong Tarrytown residents; and the son of Alba Nelson Glass, who was born and raised in Tarrytown. Roger was born in Tarrytown in 1952 and currently resides in Washington, DC. You can visit his family history blog at www.roger-glass.com.

02/02/2019

Hi folks - the Museum will be closed tomorrow Sat February 2nd as we are doing work offsite. Please stop by and see us next week!

We have a little exhibit at Warner Library so check it out! Our tours will start back up in April and we are always look...
01/16/2019

We have a little exhibit at Warner Library so check it out! Our tours will start back up in April and we are always looking for members.

Come see our pop-up exhibit all about the Tappan Zee Bridge today from now till 4. If you can't make it today we will ha...
01/15/2019

Come see our pop-up exhibit all about the Tappan Zee Bridge today from now till 4. If you can't make it today we will have the exhibit up during regular museum hours 2-4 on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Postponed! The demolition has been called off this Saturday. We will keep you posted on a new date.
01/11/2019

Postponed! The demolition has been called off this Saturday. We will keep you posted on a new date.

Visit this Saturday after the Tappan Zee Bridge demolition for a special pop-up exhibit of photographs. We will open ear...
01/09/2019

Visit this Saturday after the Tappan Zee Bridge demolition for a special pop-up exhibit of photographs. We will open early, 10-4.

12/29/2018

Please note we are closed Wednesday January 2nd.
Happy New Year Everyone!

The festivities have begun! Come join us before 3!
12/09/2018

The festivities have begun! Come join us before 3!

Today is our annual Holiday Open House from 1-3. The new miniatures exhibit is up and we will have some lovely refreshme...
12/09/2018

Today is our annual Holiday Open House from 1-3. The new miniatures exhibit is up and we will have some lovely refreshments for you to enjoy. See you soon!

It's just not the holidays around here till the clown comes out of the basement! Our holiday open house is this Sunday f...
12/05/2018

It's just not the holidays around here till the clown comes out of the basement! Our holiday open house is this Sunday from 1-3. Consider yourself invited.

We’re setting up the house for next week’s Holiday Open House - hope you can stop by.
12/02/2018

We’re setting up the house for next week’s Holiday Open House - hope you can stop by.

We are 15% of the way to our fundraising goal. We can’t thank you enough for your support. Just another week to our Holi...
12/01/2018
Click here to support Help Us Make History-New Electrical organized by Tara Van Tassell

We are 15% of the way to our fundraising goal. We can’t thank you enough for your support. Just another week to our Holiday open house where you can see the new HVAC system and the solar panels. Hope to see you and thanks again!

When the Jacob Odell house, the home of the Historical Society, was built, it was the cutting edge of mid-19th century architecture and engineering. While our archives and museum have bridged the history of our Villages to the 21st century, our electrical system… not so much. We have moved to sol....

Happy Giving Tuesday! Today we'd like to make a special request of our community. A conservation assessment has determin...
11/28/2018
The Philipse Manor Eagle — Philipse Manor

Happy Giving Tuesday! Today we'd like to make a special request of our community. A conservation assessment has determined that the Philipse Manor eagle is in bad need of restoration. We are raising the funds necessary to restore and preserve the Eagle. The Eagle left its perch on Grand Central Station in 1910, and has graced our train station for over 100 years. We would like to preserve this impressive piece of our local history for generations to come. Please help us this Giving Tuesday to #SavetheEagle.

For more information, please visit our website, http://www.philipsemanor.org/eagle/, which has details about donating to this important project, the current state of the eagle, and our restoration goals.

Official site of the Philipse Manor Improvement Association, and the Philipse Manor neighborhood community, Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591.

Last sunshiny day at TaSH! Come find us tucked in by the bridge.
11/17/2018

Last sunshiny day at TaSH! Come find us tucked in by the bridge.

If you haven't visited our Haunted Dollhouse yet there are only a few more days left. Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursd...
11/01/2018

If you haven't visited our Haunted Dollhouse yet there are only a few more days left. Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday from 2-4pm.

Tour season is winding down. But you can still get tickets for our newest tour today and tomorrow! Learn about our neigh...
10/30/2018
Tarryhollow: Colonial Experience/Old Dutch Church

Tour season is winding down. But you can still get tickets for our newest tour today and tomorrow! Learn about our neighborhood from colonial to revolutionary families. With a little Irving thrown in for good measure and a chance to sit in the Old Dutch Church.

Tickets for Tarryhollow: Colonial Experience/Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow from ShowClix. Travel with us back in time to when the first Dutch families settled in this area. Hear the history of the Philipse family and Philipsburg Manor, one of the largest colonial estates in the Hudson River Vall

Making it through the excitement of Halloween and ready to do something for yourself? How about the Historical Society’s...
10/28/2018
Tarryhollow: Heroes and Villains? Tour

Making it through the excitement of Halloween and ready to do something for yourself? How about the Historical Society’s “Heroes and Villains?” tour? Two hours to reconnect with our villages’ history. Learn how we made international news, and hear some stories of quiet, very local heroism. Sign up for our November 3 tour now.

Tickets for Tarryhollow: Heroes and Villains? Tour in Tarrytown from ShowClix. Although small in size, the villages of Tarrytown and Sleep Hollow have been home to larger than life personalities and events that shaped American history. On this two-hour walking tour, you will visit the Capt

Help us make History!Electrical Upgrade neededhttps://www.gofundme.com/674ec2-electrical-upgrade
10/28/2018
Click here to support Help Us Make History-New Electrical organized by Tara Van Tassell

Help us make History!
Electrical Upgrade needed
https://www.gofundme.com/674ec2-electrical-upgrade

When the Jacob Odell house, the home of the Historical Society, was built, it was the cutting edge of mid-19th century architecture and engineering. While our archives and museum have bridged the history of our Villages to the 21st century, our electrical system… not so much. We have moved to sol....

10/27/2018

Our Tarryhollow: Walking through Time tour for Saturday October 27 at 10 AM is cancelled due to the predicted inclement weather for our area tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience.
You should receive a refund from our ticket event company, Showclix.
Thank you for your understanding and we hope that you come and visit us again in the future.

Only a week to go! Who's ready for Halloween?
10/24/2018

Only a week to go! Who's ready for Halloween?

If you find yourself on Grove Street be sure to wave back.
10/19/2018

If you find yourself on Grove Street be sure to wave back.

The haunted dollhouse is closed the rest of this week but you should come by next week to seek out our little ghost.
10/18/2018

The haunted dollhouse is closed the rest of this week but you should come by next week to seek out our little ghost.

Headed into the weekend! There are still tours available with us at the Old Dutch Church on our Colonial Experience Tour...
10/12/2018

Headed into the weekend! There are still tours available with us at the Old Dutch Church on our Colonial Experience Tour. We also did a little decorating at our 1 Grove Street location so come by Saturday afternoon during museum hours. Want a unique Headless Horseman poster? We have that too, limited edition silk screened art for all those Legend fans out there.

Display cabinet for sale. This beautiful glass and wood cabinet it 83 inches tall with 4 adjustable glass shelves. Askin...
10/03/2018

Display cabinet for sale. This beautiful glass and wood cabinet it 83 inches tall with 4 adjustable glass shelves. Asking price $110. It's just too big for our purposes so we are replacing it with a recently donated piece. Please email us if you are interested, [email protected]

We are at TaSH today! Come ask us about our amazing tours and get your Headless Horseman goods. All your purchases help ...
09/29/2018

We are at TaSH today! Come ask us about our amazing tours and get your Headless Horseman goods. All your purchases help fund our museum and research work.

09/28/2018
www.thehistoricalsociety.net

There are still tickets available for our tours both Saturday and Sunday this weekend! It's going to be sunny both days so great weather to walk around and get a dose of local history along with your vitamin D.

We were recently gifted a doll house of the Historical Society house! Soon it will be decorated for Halloween. But first...
09/26/2018

We were recently gifted a doll house of the Historical Society house! Soon it will be decorated for Halloween. But first we need to find a tiny picture frame for this painting of the Old Dutch Church so we can hang it in the house. Do you have old doll house furniture you might like to donate to us for our project?

09/25/2018
www.thehistoricalsociety.net

Tickets are selling fast for our tours through Halloween! Dates and times are limited for "Walking Through Time" and "Heros and Villans?" but there are many more dates available for "The Colonial Experience" which includes a chance to go inside the Old Dutch Church. Learn a thing or two about our past neighbors and enjoy the wonderful fall weather with us!

Address

1 Grove St
Tarrytown, NY
10591

Opening Hours

Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00
Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
Saturday 14:00 - 16:00

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(914) 631-8374

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