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Dudleys Grove

19th-Century Excursions on the Hudson:
Our Annual Meeting Program
Sunday, June 10, 3 p.m., Hastings Library Orr Room

“Up at Dudley’s Grove: 19th-Century Steamboat Excursions to Hastings-on- Hudson” will be the featured program at our Annual Meeting this year. Marika Plater, a Rutgers University doctoral candidate in history, will discuss what 19th-century working-class New Yorkers did to enjoy a temporary escape from their difficult daily lives. One such activity on summer days involved steamboats decked out in banners plying the waters of the Hudson, with dancing people twirling on their decks. Aboard were working-class residents of New York City who had saved their pennies. Along with members of their churches, unions, sports clubs and ethnic associations, they rented boats and barges to carry them outside of the city to riverside groves on their rare days off. Called “excursions,” these trips exposed urbanites to sights and smells that were very different from those found in their crowded neighborhoods. One such destination was Dudley’s Grove (see photo at right) on the Yonkers/Hastings border, roughly where the Palisades Boat Club is today. Orville Dewey Dudley opened the grove in the late 19th century. He sold his patrons food and beverages and invited them to explore his forest, swim in the river, and play sports on his lawns. Excursion fun also carried risks: as the Grove lacked safety features, excursionists sometimes came into conflict with local law enforcement, and some of its neighbors viewed the excursions as depraved and dangerous. Based on her extensive research, some of which was done at the Historical Society, Marika will take us on a particular excursion to Dudley’s Grove and share photographs and historical accounts that make the experience come to life.

Shado-Lawn Office

Growing Hastings: The Neighborhoods Emerge

Part 2 of our three-part exhibit on Village history, “Growing Hastings: The Neighborhoods Emerge” covers the years from 1900 to the eve of World War II, a period that saw the transformation of several 19th-century farms and estates into a number of Hastings’s residential neighborhoods (including Shado-Lawn, whose office is seen at left, circa 1932). Learn how these areas within our community came to be and about daily life in the village and be introduced to many of the accomplished and influential people who lived here during that time. The exhibit can be viewed during our regular hours (see below).

Our New Schedule at the Cottage

Draper Cottage is open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are also open the first Saturday of each month (September to June) from 2 to 4 p.m. Other hours may by arranged by appointment by calling 914/478-2249.

Toddler squirrel T-shirts

Youth squirrel T-shirts

For Future Historians (and Squirrel Fans): Now in Youth Sizes, Too!

The Historical Society is happy to announce the arrival of our newest item of Hastings-themed merchandise. Generations of residents have enjoyed Raffaello Menconi’s bronze squirrel statue that sits at the entrance to the “Squirrel Alley” path between Maple Avenue and Riverview Place. Historical Society trustee Lindsey Taylor has drawn her interpretation of this iconic image and made it into a shirt for “Future Historians.” It is available for toddlers in heathered gray with a navy image or hot pink with a black image in sizes 3T or 5/6. It is also available in turquoise with blue ink or lime green with navy ink in youth sizes XS (7/8) and medium (10).

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Hastings Water Tower Mugs:
Get Yours Today

Local artist Ellen Hopkins Fountain’s lovely painting is on our latest mug, in shades of peach, cream and mauve on white showing the Palisades with the iconic water tower. 11 oz. (Click on photo for larger image.) Mugs are $13 each, two for $25, (plus shipping). Proceeds help preserve Hastings history!

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Hastings Tote Bag

A Beautiful Way Not to Use Plastic

Preserve Hastings history in style: Show your support for the Historical Society with our new eco-friendly tote bag, featuring the iconic water tower. (Click on the photo at left for a larger image.) Made in a hand-washable poly blend, the 14-inch by 14-inch bag has comfortable 10-inch handles. It was created by artist Constanza Mallol. The cost is $30 (plus shipping).

Special Saturday Open Houses

Come visit the Historical Society on Saturdays! The Hastings Historical Society holds special open houses on the first Saturday of every month, September through June, from 2 to 4 p.m. See our current exhibit, discover the riches of the Historical Society, and learn more about our village's history. The Society is located in the former Draper Observatory in Draper Park and can be reached via the driveway at 407 Broadway.

Korean War and Vietnam War Monuments

After a community fundraising campaign sponsored by the Hastings Historical Society, the village's Korean War and Vietnam War Monuments had their unveiling on Veterans Day 2013 in a ceremony honoring those who fought. The monuments, featuring the names of dozens of residents who served in each war, are located on the hill in front of the James Daly VFW building on Warburton Avenue. For pictures of the dedication ceremony, click here.

Warburton Ave., 1931

Photos from Our Archive Online!

We now have a Flickr photostream full of hundreds of photos from our collection, including this one of buildings just south of the Warburton Ave. bridge in July 1931. Just give a click to get a glimpse of Hastings' past! We'll be adding more, interesting items from our collection, so visit often!

Images of America book cover

Images of America: Hastings-on-Hudson

Created by the Hastings Historical Society and the latest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series, this 118-page paperback is filled with 200 black-and-white captioned photographs covering the history of our Village. The book is available at local retail outlets, or you can order it from the Historical Society for $22 each (plus shipping). A separate set of 15 black-and-white postcards is also available, for $8 (plus shipping). To see the postcards and images from the book, click here.

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Visit the Museum in the Streets®!

The centuries-long history of Hastings-on-Hudson is now accessible to all who live, work and visit here, thanks to a new project of the Hastings Historical Society. A historical walking tour of Hastings, starting at Boulanger Plaza, features signs with Village history and photos at 34 different historical sites.

The Hastings Historical Society received an “Award toward Excellence” for the Museum in the Streets® from the Lower Hudson Conference of Historical Agencies and Museums, which called the project “a unique, illustrated bilingual walking tour and street exhibition using archival materials and presenting them to citizens, school children, and heritage tourists alike in a direct and engaging way.”