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.

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 .

On March 15, 1820 Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was published!  Please join the Historical Society in ...
03/15/2020

On March 15, 1820 Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was published! Please join the Historical Society in celebrating the 200th anniversary of our amazing legend and the author who penned it!

For those of you who were wondering if there was a precedent for all the closures, we only have to look back to the Span...
03/14/2020

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.

03/14/2020

With an abundance of concern for our visiting public and our staff we are currently closed to the public through this Wednesday March 18th. 
We are following the current local government and CDC notifications and this closure may be extended. Please follow us on Facebook or on our website for further information. Stay safe.

Latest issue of our newsletter just got dropped off by the printer and will be hitting members mailboxes soon! You can g...
03/12/2020

Latest issue of our newsletter just got dropped off by the printer and will be hitting members mailboxes soon! You can get your membership at our webpage http://www.thehistoricalsociety.net/

01/04/2020

We will be closed Wednesday 8 Jan
Open Thursday 9 Jan
Closed Saturday 11 Jan

12/24/2019

Hello Everyone - we hope that you have a wonderful holiday season we will be closed until January 4th.

The Holiday Open house is about to begin. Come join in the fun!
12/08/2019

The Holiday Open house is about to begin.
Come join in the fun!

Tomorrow! Come see our new exhibit all about Washington Irving. The 200th anniversary of the publishing of "The Legend o...
12/07/2019

Tomorrow! Come see our new exhibit all about Washington Irving. The 200th anniversary of the publishing of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" continues.

The volunteer elves are busy getting the museum ready for the Open House next week. Hope to see you then!
11/30/2019

The volunteer elves are busy getting the museum ready for the Open House next week.
Hope to see you then!

10/19/2019

The museum will be open regular hours today from 2-4.
Please note the library and archives are closed for research until mid November.

Circa 1920 West Point Cadet Dance card
10/15/2019

Circa 1920 West Point Cadet Dance card

There will be a dedication ceremony for this Tulip Tree (next to The Captors Monument) this Saturday October 5th @10am. ...
09/30/2019

There will be a dedication ceremony for this Tulip Tree (next to The Captors Monument) this Saturday October 5th @10am. Your local Historical Society is excited to invite you to be there. Find out the history behind a once famous tulip tree that grew near this spot. #localhistorymatters

This Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm – Everybody’s Reading “The Legend”Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publicatio...
09/15/2019

This Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm – Everybody’s Reading “The Legend”
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the place where it all began – The Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground. Download a free copy at https://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Irving/Sleepy/Irving_Sleepy.pdf, read it and come ready to talk about it. Free but you need to register in advance at [email protected] .

08/14/2019

We are closed for vacation.
Reopening
Saturday August 31
Have a great rest of you summer.

08/03/2019

Hi Folks - we will be closed this Wednesday August 7th

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.

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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. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸