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
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Operating as usual

12/05/2020

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! Good thing it’s 2020 and not 1943. Today Sara talks about rationing during World War II.

11/21/2020

Sometimes curb alerts contain items of historic value. Today Sara talk to Katy & Doug about their donation.

11/14/2020

Today Sara shows some examples of the samplers in our collection - hint they are not chocolate.

11/07/2020

Did you have a View-Master as a kid?
Before the View-Master there was the Stereoscope.
Today Sara shows some of the Stereoscopes and their pictures in our collection.

10/31/2020

Happy Halloween from your friends at the Historical Society ! 👻🎃🤡

10/24/2020

Who remembers Bernice Kelley? This week Sara talks about the collectible tiles we made using her art in the 1970’s.

10/17/2020

Tap your feet! Today Sara shares some fun footwear from our historic clothing collection.

10/10/2020

Today Sara talks about why she became an archaeologist.

10/03/2020

Today Sara talks about some of the unusual and interesting artifacts that were part of everyday use in the 1800’s.

09/26/2020

This week Sara & Michael talk about one of the Historial Society founders and his activities during the Civil War.

09/19/2020

Today Sara discusses a very important date in our history
September 23rd
Why is it important? Listen and find out.

Wanting our Strawberry Jam Fest Jam? We are the the TASH today!
09/19/2020

Wanting our Strawberry Jam Fest Jam? We are the the TASH today!

09/12/2020

Today Sara shares some of the interesting architectural features of our home on One Grove Street.

08/29/2020

Can you say sesquicentennial three times fast? Today Sara shares the story of the incorporation of the Village of Tarrytown.

08/22/2020

What is your favorite piece of jewelry? Does it speak to your favorite political candidate?

Today, Sara shares some of the political memorabilia that was donated to our collection.

08/15/2020

Votes For Women
Sara talks about the local Suffergette movement in the early 20th century and the passage of the 19th amendment.

08/08/2020

Who do you talk to when you are home alone?
At the Odell House, our home, Sara has a lot of ‘people’ to talk to.

08/01/2020

Tackling a DIY project at home? Did you identify milestones? Do you know that milestones were actual stones that measured miles? Here Sara talks to Char Weigel about milestones and the article Char wrote with Sleepy Hollow Village Historian Henry Steiner.

Become a member to get our publication the Chronicle with the details.

For 54 years the Historical Society has held our Annual Strawberry Festival.  With the help of a small army of volunteer...
07/25/2020

For 54 years the Historical Society has held our Annual Strawberry Festival. With the help of a small army of volunteers, boy scouts, girl scouts, school musicians and local business support this event has been a mainstay in our community and great fun for hanging out with friends and neighbors.
2020 and the current restrictions did not allow us to bring a large group together.
They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade - and being industrious we took our Stop and Shop strawberries and with the help of Auntie Liana’s Kitchen we made jam and sauce for our 55th.
You can preorder by email to [email protected] supplies of sauce are limited.
8oz jars are $10 each
4oz jars are $6 each
Thank you for helping us keep our favorite fundraiser alive!

07/18/2020

Today Sara shares a few items from our map collection. Maps are great for finding previous owners and what had previously been on a property. Did you know there used to be houses in Patriots’ Park? It’s on a map.

Strawberry Festival Part 2Stay tuned folks. Covid may have jammed up our regular full on community event. Rather than be...
07/12/2020

Strawberry Festival Part 2
Stay tuned folks. Covid may have jammed up our regular full on community event. Rather than being jarred, we are using the old adage ‘waste not want not’ and turning out a new version of strawberry delightfulness with the 2020 Strawberry Festival Jam.
Keep following for details of when you can pick up yours.
Thanks to Stop and Shop Tarrytown for their unwavering community support.

07/11/2020

Thank you to our recent donors. As Sara explains much of our collection comes from donations.

06/27/2020

Hello Everyone
We will still be closed next weekend for Independence Day - and open by appointment the following week.

Here our Executive Director talks about some of the US flags in our collection. Note when she mentions the number of stars on the flags.

Have a safe and happy holiday. See you in July.

06/20/2020

While we are closed - here is a bit of history for you about our favorite local author Washington Irving.

Please note that the Historical Society will be open by appointment only on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons ...
06/13/2020

Please note that the Historical Society will be open by appointment only on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons starting in July.

For entrance to the O’Dell house you must wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth.

The Historical Society will provide gloves to anyone doing research.

Please request your appointment at least one week in advance by email and wait for confirmation prior to arriving.

Appointments can be made by emailing : [email protected]

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our first ever virtual Annual Meeting.We would like to welcome the newest m...
06/11/2020
Membership | The Historical Society, Inc.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our first ever virtual Annual Meeting.

We would like to welcome the newest members of our Board of Trustees Richard Rowe and Kyle McGovern Jr.

Thank you to Joe Queenan for your thoughtful and timely presentation.

Didn't receive the notice? Make sure you are on our mailing list. If you are not already a member of the Society, sign up is easy on our website and your membership supports our mission to preserve the history of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown.

http://www.thehistoricalsociety.net/membership/

FLOWERING BULBS FUNDRAISERPlanning for next season’s daffodils, tulips and hyacinth is something joyful we can all do sa...
06/10/2020

FLOWERING BULBS FUNDRAISER
Planning for next season’s daffodils, tulips and hyacinth is something joyful we can all do safely these days. A bunch of Rip Van Winkle daffodils would honor our very own Washington Irving and replenish some of the thousands of bulbs planted since 2006 as part of the Daffodil Project. A few giant purple Allium or mixed sorbet tulips would add color just about anywhere.

For this fundraiser, The Historical Society of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown receives half of all funds raised by this sale. Whether you choose to beautify our villages or your own backyard, thank you for your support.

Place your order at http://HistoricalTarryHollow.fpfundraising.com

Order early to ensure you have the full selection of flowers available. The sale will end on October 15th. All fall bulbs will start shipping to you in mid-September.

1918 Spanish Flu HeadlinesIf you would like a Readable PDF of this front page of the Tarrytown Daily News - email us at ...
04/25/2020

1918 Spanish Flu Headlines
If you would like a Readable PDF of this front page of the Tarrytown Daily News - email us at [email protected] and we will send you a copy!

For those of you who were wondering if there was a precedent for all the closures, we only have to look back to the Spanish Flu of 1918.
The schools, churches and theaters (the Strand and the Music Hall) were all closed in October 1918 to try and stop the spread of the virus.

04/15/2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In times of crisis we often turn to the past to help us understand and predict what will need to do in a current disaster. Recently you may have heard a lot of references back to the 1918 Spanish influenza crisis when people were trying to contextualize the current coronavirus problem. Using historical records allowed people to predict movement of the diseases and also to understand why we needed to have a pause and distance socializing. During the 1918 event as we have done today, schools and theaters closed to the public to try to reduce the spread of the virus.

History provides more than just facts and figures; it helps us provide context for how those events felt and dealt with by the people who lived through them. This is where you come in. As the official repository for the community history of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, the Historical Society is asking you to share your thoughts, your stories, and your photos of the time we are living through right now so that future generations will not only know what’s printed in the papers and statistics from the CDC, but what people here were doing and feeling in everyday life in the community. We want to know how this has affected you and your family and friends.

How are local businesses doing? We want to hear from business owners. How has the social distancing affected how you interact with the community? What are you doing differently in this time?

Please consider donating a bit of history that we will then be able to share with future generations. When we talk about the Covid-19 epidemic, we want each of you to have a voice about what it meant and how it has affected you.

Please send your photographs, objects, artwork, diaries – your memories to us electronically at: [email protected] or via mail to: The Historical Society, Inc., serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, One Grove Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Thank you and stay safe,
Tara Van Tassell, President
Sara Mascia, Executive Director
and the entire Board of Trustees

Electronic Submissions:
Please send photographs as a .jpg and include a description of the image.
Please include any text submission as an attachment to your email.

Mailed Submissions:
Please include a description of any image or artwork submitted.
Please include your name and address with all submissions.

All submissions are considered a donation to the Society and may be used for exhibitions and/or publication by the Historical Society, serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown.

Go to our webpage and see the gallery of Irving-related images we started! New images will be added every couple of days...
04/05/2020

Go to our webpage and see the gallery of Irving-related images we started! New images will be added every couple of days for your enjoyment. http://www.thehistoricalsociety.net/

As a teenager Irving attended the Old Dutch Church with the Paulding Family. He had come north from NYC to escape a yell...
04/03/2020

As a teenager Irving attended the Old Dutch Church with the Paulding Family. He had come north from NYC to escape a yellow fever outbreak in the city. Vintage postcards show the church from different angles.

Washington Irving, born this day 1783 in NYC. This headstone is the third to mark his grave. It was placed there just af...
04/03/2020

Washington Irving, born this day 1783 in NYC. This headstone is the third to mark his grave. It was placed there just after the turn of the last century once momento seekers chipped away the first two.

Happy Birthday Washington Irving! At a spry 237 and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow turning 200 we salute America's first ma...
04/03/2020

Happy Birthday Washington Irving! At a spry 237 and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow turning 200 we salute America's first man of letters! Are you an Irving Nerd too?

03/17/2020
www.ibiblio.org

In compliance with the current CDC recommendations as well as the current state of emergency for both the village of Tarrytown and New York State The Historical Society is currently closed through March 31. We would like to encourage everyone who has not done so, or has not done so recently, to read “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” which was published 200 years ago this week. The story is in the public domain and available for download for free athttps://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Irving/Sleepy/Irving_Sleepy.pdf .

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Saturday 14:00 - 16:00

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what books do you have for sle regardomng this area my relaive are the williams who i am sure came from this area also quackenbush
What happened to this building? Is it still standing?
Does anyone remember the name of the jewelry store across FR Pierson Elementary School? Stuart, the son/grandson was in my third grade class.
Whelan Drugstore brings back memories. Victor Flutie and Jack Pulse. Pulse passed away last year and was living in Miami.
Wreaths for Sale at the Strawberry Festival. A Portion of All My Sales Will be Donated To The Historical Society on June 10th.
The Historical Society serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, could you make a FB event for the Strawberry Fest again? Thanks.
Thanks to the folks on my Tarryhollow Tour this morning!!! You were life-giving!! ❤
Check out these priceless cards made by the children of the Town of Cortlandt Recreation after school program for the Veterans and Soldiers! Have a Blessed Memorial Day!
Fourteen of Tarrytown's heroes who bravely served and sacrificed their lives in service for our country. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸