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.
Register Before July 20! Learn from culinary historian Lavada Nahon about the day-to-day life of the farmers and their workers of the Lower Hudson Valley, many of whom were enslaved, with special attention to what they were eating and drinking, who was preparing it, and more. Lavada Nahon Lavada Nahon is a culinary historian focused … Continue reading “A Taste of Local History––A Virtual Event on July 25 @5p with food from Hudson Mart“
The life of local celebrity and Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison is re-examined in this exhibit curated by local novelist, Brenda Ross. The exhibit covers a refreshing set of Morrison’s life lessons offering a glimpse of her not well-explored before, including her insights on the creative process, Black women and feminism, and capturing ‘the Black … Continue reading “Current Exhibit – Toni Morrison: A Retrospective”
The Historical Society of the Nyacks is proud to announce dates for our 2021 Walking Tours! Explore the Nyacks with us and learn about the people and locations that have helped make our villages the unique places they are today. All tours start at 2pm. See where to meet your guide at the end of … Continue reading “2021 Nyack Walking Tours”
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”