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Annual Meeting and Program: Jacques Lipchitz Sculpture

Preeminent 20th-century sculptor Jacques Lipchitz lived in Hastings for almost 25 years and created the iconic Between Heaven & Earth sculpture (left) in front of the Hastings Public Library. Join the Hastings Historical Society and the Friends of the Library for a presentation on the artist and his works on Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. Hastings resident Bruce Levy will discuss Lipchitz and his works and his sojourn in the village as part of the library's Dewey Loves the Arts series. For a photo of Lipchitz's Aqueduct Lane studio from the Historical Society's photostream, click here. The event will also include brief annual meeting business conducted by both organizations.

Hastings Water Tower Mug

Hastings Water Tower Mugs: Get Yours Today

Our newest piece of merchandise is this white 11-ounce mug showing a photo of the historical Hastings water tower backed by the Palisades in full fall colors. Mugs are $13 each, and shipping is $6. Proceeds help preserve Hastings history!

Special Saturday Open Houses

Come visit the Historical Society on Saturdays! In the response to the popularity of our newest exhibit on Hastings artists (see below), the Hastings Historical Society will be holding special open houses on the first Saturday of every month, January through June, from 2 to 4 p.m. See the exhibit and discover the riches of the Historical Society and 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.

Our New Exhibit: “Hastings Artists: A Rich Legacy”

The Hastings Historical Society's newest exhibit is “Hastings Artists: A Rich Legacy.” It celebrates the village's history in the visual arts, from its most well known practitioners, including George Harvey, Jasper Cropsey, and Jacques Lipchitz, to local favorites, including Debbie Gaynes, Lloyd Morgan, Bill Weinstein, John Raible, whose chair appears at right, Allen Grant, Margaret Kennedy, and many others. The exhibit can be viewed during regular Observatory Cottage hours: Mondays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as during our next weekend open house on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Korean War and Vietnam War Monuments on Veterans Day

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 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 $20 each (plus $3 shipping). A separate set of 15 black-and-white postcards is also available, for $8 (plus $2 shipping). To see the postcards and images from the book, click here.

Order the book by clicking our PayPal button, or click here for a printable order form and order yours today!

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.”