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.
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”
This program has been postponed until September 23rd, 2020. Win Perry, retired architect and current President of both theHistorical Society of the Nyacks and the John Green PreservationCoalition, will give an illustrated talk about the progress to dateon the rehabilitation of the John Green House on lower Main Street in Nyack. This lecture will be … Continue reading “Lecture by Win Perry: “What’s Happening at the John Green House?””
The 2020 Walking Tour season will kick off in April with the Oak Hill Cemetery Tour. A $10 donation to the Historical Society of the Nyacks is suggested. All tours begin at 2pm. See tour descriptions below on where to meet your tour group. Note: Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the April 26th, May … Continue reading “2020 Walking Tours”
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”