Yonkers Historical Society

Yonkers Historical Society The Society strives to preserve and promote the rich history of Yonkers through the preservation and maintenance of Sherwood House, ca. 1740, which is a museum open to the public and other activities.
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Yonkers Historical Society office is open Thursday afternoons, 1pm-5pm, and by appointment. Sherwood House Museum, 340 Tuckahoe Road, is open Sunday afternoons 1pm-4pm from September-November and April-June, as well as for special events and by appointment. Check the Sherwood House Museum page for specific dates and more information.

Operating as usual

Please join us for our next virtual program co-sponsored with the Yonkers Public Library, this Thursday July 15 @ 6pm vi...
07/10/2021

Please join us for our next virtual program co-sponsored with the Yonkers Public Library, this Thursday July 15 @ 6pm via ZOOM.

Please join us for our next virtual program co-sponsored with the Yonkers Public Library, this Thursday July 15 @ 6pm via ZOOM.

We have a brand new YouTube Channel!You will now be able to view replays of our programs, particularly those done in col...
05/31/2021
Yonkers Historical Society - YouTube

We have a brand new YouTube Channel!

You will now be able to view replays of our programs, particularly those done in collaboration with the Yonkers Public Library.

So If you missed the "Exploring Eighteenth Century Westchester Through Inventories" ZOOM session, you can now watch it on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaoo-GkH-Kq1lOyogxAGLkg

Documentaries and videos of programs related to Yonkers history.

Be sure to tune into tonight's program!
05/20/2021

Be sure to tune into tonight's program!

Be sure to tune into tonight's program!

Reminder!If you have a Yonkers high school senior among your friends or families, please take note:
05/20/2021

Reminder!

If you have a Yonkers high school senior among your friends or families, please take note:

Reminder!

If you have a Yonkers high school senior among your friends or families, please take note:

Our popular collaboration with the Yonkers Public Library continues...  If you liked the program about the Yonkers Carne...
05/18/2021

Our popular collaboration with the Yonkers Public Library continues...

If you liked the program about the Yonkers Carnegie Library, you should really enjoy this presentation, coming up on June 17th.

Meanwhile, don't forget to browse our on-line auction, which continues until May 21st.

Our popular collaboration with the Yonkers Public Library continues...

If you liked the program about the Yonkers Carnegie Library, you should really enjoy this presentation, coming up on June 17th.

Meanwhile, don't forget to browse our on-line auction, which continues until May 21st.

The countdown to our first on-line auction begins!Just 4 days!We expect to post a  link to the auction on 5/14, so stay ...
05/11/2021

The countdown to our first on-line auction begins!

Just 4 days!

We expect to post a link to the auction on 5/14, so stay tuned!

The countdown to our first on-line auction begins!

Just 4 days!

We expect to post a link to the auction on 5/14, so stay tuned!

Save the Date!Mark your calendar and join the Yonkers Historical Society for an exciting new approach to fundraising. We...
05/02/2021

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar and join the Yonkers Historical Society for an exciting new approach to fundraising.

We will be running an on-line auction to support the continued restoration of the historic Sherwood House Museum. Funds raised will be used for a new cedar shingle roof, and exterior clapboard siding and interior restoration.

The auction will begin on May 15th, and close on May 21st,
so you can participate at your leisure.

Auction details will be distributed when we are closer to the start date.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar and join the Yonkers Historical Society for an exciting new approach to fundraising.

We will be running an on-line auction to support the continued restoration of the historic Sherwood House Museum. Funds raised will be used for a new cedar shingle roof, and exterior clapboard siding and interior restoration.

The auction will begin on May 15th, and close on May 21st,
so you can participate at your leisure.

Auction details will be distributed when we are closer to the start date.

Save the date for another great program offered in collaboration with the Yonkers Public Library!
04/26/2021

Save the date for another great program offered in collaboration with the Yonkers Public Library!

Save the date for another great program offered in collaboration with the Yonkers Public Library!

The Yonkers Historical Society announces that the deadline for submissions to the 2021 Patricia Mangold Scholarship Awar...
04/15/2021

The Yonkers Historical Society announces that the deadline for submissions to the 2021 Patricia Mangold Scholarship Award competition has been extended to May 24, 2021.

This award is to be presented to a high school senior residing in Yonkers who has demonstrated both an educational and a significant personal interest in Yonkers history.

Please see the revised notice below for additional details.

The Yonkers Historical Society announces that the deadline for submissions to the 2021 Patricia Mangold Scholarship Award competition has been extended to May 24, 2021.

This award is to be presented to a high school senior residing in Yonkers who has demonstrated both an educational and a significant personal interest in Yonkers history.

Please see the revised notice below for additional details.

The Yonkers Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2020 Patricia Mangold Scholarship Award competition. The deadl...
03/10/2021

The Yonkers Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2020 Patricia Mangold Scholarship Award competition. The deadline for submissions is April 19th, 2021.

This award is to be presented to a high school senior residing in Yonkers who has demonstrated both an educational and a significant personal interest in Yonkers history.

The applicant must be planning to pursue further education.

1st prize of $1,000, 2nd prize of $500, are payable upon proof of matriculation at an accredited college.

See scholarship and application details below.

The Yonkers Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2020 Patricia Mangold Scholarship Award competition. The deadline for submissions is April 19th, 2021.

This award is to be presented to a high school senior residing in Yonkers who has demonstrated both an educational and a significant personal interest in Yonkers history.

The applicant must be planning to pursue further education.

1st prize of $1,000, 2nd prize of $500, are payable upon proof of matriculation at an accredited college.

See scholarship and application details below.

Please note updated ZOOM information for the YPL / YHS presentation on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021.https://zoom.us/j/94...
02/19/2021

Please note updated ZOOM information for the YPL / YHS presentation on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021.

https://zoom.us/j/94565289236

Meeting ID: 945 6528 9236

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Please note updated ZOOM information for the YPL / YHS presentation on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021.

https://zoom.us/j/94565289236

Meeting ID: 945 6528 9236

One tap mobile
+19292056099,,94565289236# US (New York)

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

If anyone missed the Carnegie Library program co-sponsored by the Yonkers Public Library and YHS, you can view it at a t...
01/25/2021
YPL Presents: The Death of a Library: An American Tragedy

If anyone missed the Carnegie Library program co-sponsored by the Yonkers Public Library and YHS, you can view it at a time of your choosing on YouTube at the following URL.

Many thanks to Michael Walsh of the YPL for recording the program and uploading it for all to see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_5x1t5ejoE.

Author Patricia Vaccarino will talked about her latest book The Death of a Library: An American Tragedy. She answered questions about it and the lead a di...

01/21/2021

Reminder: 10 minutes until tonight's ZOOM presentation on the Carnegie Library begins.

See the event notice for details.

12/30/2020

Last night's wonderful ZOOM presentation about the Alexander Smith and Sons' Carpet Company hosted more than 130 participants. Many thanks to Angelique Piwinski for a marvelous program, and to Michael Walsh of the YPL and YHS for setting it all up.

The Yonkers Historical Society's collaboration with the Yonkers Public Library to present topics of interest to our constituents and members will continue in January.

On January 21 at 6 PM, author Patricia Vaccarino will discuss her book:

The Death of the Library: A Tragedy.

The book is about the controversial decision to destroy the Carnegie Library.

Stay tuned for details.

12/29/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

30 minutes until the ZOOM presentation on the Alexander Smith & Sons Carpet Company presentation by Angelique Piwinski.

Follow this link at 6 pm to join the program, co-sponsored by YHS and Yonkers Public Library:

https://zoom.us/j/92466752266

See you soon!

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Save the date for the return of one of our Key To History award winners to present a program that is co-sponsored by the...
12/04/2020

Save the date for the return of one of our Key To History award winners to present a program that is co-sponsored by the Yonkers Historical Society.

Our friend Angelique Piwinski will discuss The History of the Alexander Smith and Sons' Carpet Company.

We all know elders who worked at "The Carpet Shop". Tune in and learn more about that historical factory complex.

When you are busy being generous today, please remember the Yonkers Historical Society. Like so many organizations that ...
12/01/2020

When you are busy being generous today, please remember the Yonkers Historical Society.

Like so many organizations that have had to postpone or cancel their major fundraising events, YHS needs your help more than ever.

Please donate what you can. Every dollar makes a difference.

Thank you.

Jason
09/09/2020
Jason

Jason

Check out this new historic video page added to the Yonkers Historical Society website featuring videos by Michael Stephen Gross. Thanks, again, Michael!

Sherwood House garden path, photo by Loren Chaidez
05/10/2020

Sherwood House garden path, photo by Loren Chaidez

Spring is coming to Sherwood House --- Daffodil in the garden
05/10/2020

Spring is coming to Sherwood House --- Daffodil in the garden

The deadline for the submission of entries for the Patricia Mangold Scholarship has been extended.  Please refer to the ...
04/20/2020

The deadline for the submission of entries for the Patricia Mangold Scholarship has been extended. Please refer to the following documents to learn more about the competition, for the application, and the guidelines for submissions.

Reposting with slight modifications.Hoping everyone is healthy and safe while maintaining social distance. Meanwhile,
03/23/2020

Reposting with slight modifications.

Hoping everyone is healthy and safe while maintaining social distance. Meanwhile,

Belatedly posting this to our page.  Thank you Trustee Marianne Winstanley for your research!
03/22/2020

Belatedly posting this to our page. Thank you Trustee Marianne Winstanley for your research!

We have two more photos to share of the bells at the Yonkers Fire Department Station #1. The first photo shows the bells after they have been recently polished. The bells have since been returned to Yonkers and installed in the new memorial bell tower, as seen in the second photo.

We recently reached out to the Yonkers Historical Society who were helpful in giving us some context about the history of the bells. The bells came from the St. Andrews Church located at 47 Livingston Avenue, erected in 1895. The church had a fire in 1981 and had to be removed. After that time, the bells were stored at the St. Johns Episcopal Church on Hudson Street until their recent move to be refurnished and re-purposed for use at the new Yonkers Fire Station.

The data sheet that Marianne Winstanley, Trustee from Yonkers Historical Society provided indicated that that the original bell tower had no workable playing mechanism. The 12 original bells from 1895 were manufactured by Meneely Bell Foundry in Watervliet, NY, and the pitch of the heaviest bell is D in the middle octave.

For more information about the Meneely Bell Foundry, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meneely_Bell_Foundry.

The Yonkers Fire Station #1 project is being led by our partners Highland Associates (Architect of Record). Mitchell Associates is providing programming and firematic design for the project.

#yonkers #belltower #memorialtower #bellfoundry #yonkershistory #firestation

Happy Valentine's Day to all our members and friends!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day to all our members and friends!

Yonkers Historical Society
12/31/2019

Yonkers Historical Society

Sherwood House photo by Jason Medina
12/31/2019

Sherwood House photo by Jason Medina

Tomorrow!Between shopping at Cross County or Ridge Hill and visiting McLean Avenue festivities, stop by the Sherwood Hou...
12/08/2019

Tomorrow!

Between shopping at Cross County or Ridge Hill and visiting McLean Avenue festivities, stop by the Sherwood House Museum for our Candlelight Tours. You won't regret it.

See what Christmas might have looked like in the 1740s!

Save the date for Sherwood House Museum Candlelight Tours!DECEMBER 8TH, 2019
11/15/2019

Save the date for Sherwood House Museum Candlelight Tours!

DECEMBER 8TH, 2019

Save the DateNext weekend there are some awesome "Revolutionary Westchester" events taking place!
11/11/2019

Save the Date
Next weekend there are some awesome "Revolutionary Westchester" events taking place!

Save the Date!
Next weekend there are some awesome "Revolutionary Westchester" events taking place!

11/05/2019

Hello, YHS Friends!

Please be aware that the November 9 trolley tour is now full. We have a waiting list, but it is unlikely that we'll be reaching far into it.
Thanks for your interest and support!

But please save the date... December 8th!
You don't want to miss our Sherwood House Museum's annual Candlelight Tours and Holiday Boutique.

A Revolutionary Trolley Tour: Historical Yonkers & KingsbridgeNov. 9, 2019: 3-hourTrolley Tour 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.A R...
10/09/2019

A Revolutionary Trolley Tour: Historical Yonkers & Kingsbridge
Nov. 9, 2019: 3-hourTrolley Tour 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
A REVOLUTIONARY FAMILY DAY AT PHILIPSE MANOR HALL
What Happened Here and Who Tells the Story?
Nov. 16, 2019: All-day 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

10/05/2019

Many thanks to all who supported our
Annual Dinner.

We are so grateful.

Hey!  Tonight's the Night!We have a couple of seats left for latecomers, so come on over!
10/03/2019

Hey! Tonight's the Night!
We have a couple of seats left for latecomers, so come on over!

Address

1500 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, NY
10710

Opening Hours

1pm - 5pm

Telephone

(914) 961-8940

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Check out this new historic video page added to the Yonkers Historical Society website featuring videos by Michael Stephen Gross. Thanks, again, Michael!
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