The John Scott Armchair History series returns – via Zoom! River Hook: The Hester Haring Cason Preserve, A Virtual TourMonday, October 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. via ZoomThe Historical Society of the Nyacks, the Friends of River Hook and the Nyack Library present an evening exploring the past and future of Upper Nyack’s River Hook: the Hester Haring … Continue reading “Armchair Tour: Upper Nyack’s River Hook Preserve”
The Spring 2020 issue focuses on Central Nyack. HSN President Win Perry recalls his family’s own connection to the area in his Message from the President. A look at some of the important places within Central Nyack, including its many acres of undeveloped parks, as well as some of the notable figures who have shaped … Continue reading “Our Spring 2020 newsletter is here!”
Phased Reopening Planned: Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, our Museum is temporarily closed and our Walking Tours and Armchair Tours are suspended. Board meetings are being held by Zoom. We will reopen in stages as permitted by CDC and state guidelines. Watch for dates.
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, all walking tours have been postponed until further notice. Please watch our website for more information for future tours. We look forward to sharing the history, architecture, and personal stories of the Nyacks that them such special places.
The HSN’s next exhibit honors the life and body of work of a local celebrity author whose literature resonated internationally: Toni Morrison: A Retrospective will be our upcoming exhibit. Please watch nyackhistory.org for updates on Toni Morrison: A Retrospective and other programs.
We offer this website to introduce the newcomer to the rich history of the Nyack Community, to give established Nyackers a way to share and participate, and to provide easy access for all to our programs and activities.
by Winston Perry, June 28, 2020 John Green, who built the stone house at 23 Main Street, Nyack, lived in an age when slavery was legal and accepted in New York State. Born in 1772, he experienced New York’s gradual emancipation, and the final elimination of slavery in 1827 before he died in 1842. Green’s … Continue reading “John Green in the Age of Slavery”
The recorded presence of African Americans in Rockland County began at the same time that Europeans arrived in the region. African slaves and free blacks were a part of the Dutch community that settled here in 1687. According to census records from 1723, nearly one fifth of the 1,244 inhabitants of the county were African … Continue reading “A short summary of the long history of African American presence in Nyack – by Bill Batson”