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Visit Us 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. Visit us on Facebook to find out about bonus hours.

Growing Hastings: A Community Evolves

Youth Center model kitchen

Nana’s Kitchen

Part III of our three years devoted to the exploration of the history of our village starts in the 1940s and continues to the present. Beginning with a look at Hastings during WWII, we trace the development of the last remaining open tracts of land in 1950s and 1960s. We then take a trip down memory lane to recall some of our favorite businesses and eateries over the past 70+ years. The exhibit profiles some of the interesting and important people who have made Hastings their home during this time frame. We also take a look at the involvement by many of our residents in local organizations and village committees, devoting their time and energy to their community. The many historical images include (left) a photo of Joan Garey, Gloria Sekorsky (later Donahue) and Nancy Strong (later Caruso), left to right, in the kitchen of the Youth Center, which was located at 8 Southside Avenue from 1945 to 1950, and Ken Sofer’s 1981 drawing of Nana’s Restaurant at 586 Warburton Avenue. The exhibit can be viewed during our regular hours.

Hudson view note cards

Views of the Hudson Note Cards

The Historical Society is excited to offer new color note cards, reproduced from watercolor images generously donated to us by Ellen Hopkins Fountain. Printed in color on high-quality 5-by-7 stock, the cards come in packs of eight with envelopes and cost $15 per pack.

The notecards can be purchased as a pack of all 4 images (2 cards of each image) “From Warburton Avenue,” “Yellow House,” “Winter's Blue” and “Heavy Skies over the Hudson.” Or the cards can be purchased as a pack of 2 preselected images (4 cards of 2 images) “From Warburton Avenue” and “Yellow House.”

Palisades notecard

Reissued By Popular Demand

Palisades notecard

The Historical Society has reissued two 1920’s Rivertown artists’ winter scenes on high quality note cards in time for the Holidays.

“Hastings-on-Hudson” by Rudolph Ruzicka, 1926 5”x7” artist quality paper note cards, Pack of 8, $15

“The Clearing” by Helen Patterson Williams,1923 5”x7” artist quality paper note cards, Pack of 8, $15

Toddler squirrel T-shirts

Youth squirrel T-shirts

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

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).

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!

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).

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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