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Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Shop for the holidays, and support your local historical society at the same time! The Hastings Historical Society has a wide range of gifts suitable for a variety of family members. Besides being open our regular hours of Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will also be open and selling gifts on Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., and we will have gifts available at the Hastings Farmers Market that morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Our usual selection will be augmented by special holiday packages, including the “Cozy Memories Plus” package, which includes an annual membership, the Hastings throw, a water tower mug, and the Images of America: Hastings-on-Hudson book, for $95. Smaller packages are also available. Come shop at the cottage while viewing our terrific new exhibit!

Our Current Exhibit: A History of Early Hastings

Have you ever wondered how the neighborhoods in our village developed? Entitled “Growing Hastings: The Early Years,” our newest exhibit covers the growth of Hastings from Native American times and the era of tenant farms through early industrialization and village incorporation. The exhibit can be seen during our regular open hours: Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on the first Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. (excluding July and August). (We also have special weekend openings, which will be announced in the Rivertowns Enterprise.) Future exhibits will focus on the growth of our village in later periods: from 1900 through World War II (fall of 2017) and the post-World War II years (fall of 2018).

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NEW: Hastings Water Tower Winter Scene Mugs: Get Yours Today

Show your love for Hastings with this white 11-ounce mug showing a photo of the Hastings shoreline in winter. (Click on photos for larger image.) Mugs are $13 each, two for $25, and shipping is $6. 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 $6 for 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 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 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!

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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.”