Calling all Hastings photographers—amateur, professional, youngsters, and oldsters—to participate in the first Hastings Historical Society juried photo contest, “Picturing Hastings.” All submissions will help the Historical Society update and enrich our vast photo archive of Hastings history. We have images of our past, but not many that say “NOW.” We need you to tell us the story of everyday life in Hastings 2014. We want iconic images of Hastings and photos that mean "Hastings" to you: the Aqueduct, Sugar Pond, parks, buildings, your friends and neighborhood, schools, sports activities. There are two age groups: 18 and Under, and Adult. Click here for official rules and other information!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.”