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Local History Calendar
  • John Scott ArmChair Tours
  • Eclectic South Nyack House Tour: 2012
  • The Great Nyack House Tour: 2010
  • New Museum and HQ
  • Edward Hopper
  • Nyack Library History
  • Tenement Museum Trip
  • African - Americans
Eclectic South Nyack, that was the theme for the Historical Society of the Nyacks House Tour on Saturday, May 5. “Eclectic is the word that sprang up almost spontaneously,” says Betty Gaeta, one of the organizers of the Tour. “Even though South Nyack is a very homogeneous village, it has a diverse mix of architectural styles, and we are fortunate that owners of eight great examples of this diversity are opening up their homes to us for the day.” Read more .....

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Watercolors by Beverley Bozarth Colgan

The Great Nyack House Tour, held on May 15, 2010, featured homes and buildings relating to Dr. Pierre Bernard (Oom the Omnipotent) and his Clarkstown Country Club, as well as other homes with distinctive architectural styles. Please patronize our generous sponsors.

When the Historical Society of the Nyacks opened its doors of its new headquarters to the public on Saturday, May 7, 2011, it celebrated not only having a space to call its own, but also the return to Nyack of a beautiful and unique patchwork quilt.

This "signature quilt" has the names of 50 women and girls from the area, one square of which is signed "Sarah Christie, Nyack 1862". Somehow this quilt ended up at a thrift shop in Harwich, Mass., on Cape Cod. Fortunately the shop manager recognized the Rockland County names and knew the quilt was a treasure to be returned to the Nyack community. After stops in Pearl River and Valley Cottage, the quilt made its way to the Historical Society of the Nyacks where it can be seen.

To learn more about the quilt and its signers, and to see other historic items such as a piano made in Nyack's Tallman Piano Factory and a sewing machine from the Wilcox and Gibbs factory on Cedar Hill Avenue, visit us at Suite L-2 of the Depew House, 50 Piermont Avenue in Nyack, behind the library, between 1 and 4 p.m. on third Saturdays. For more information, call 845.358.0552.

Edward Hopper

Supplementing Hopper Art Center activities, The Historical Society of the Nyacks is mounting the following exhibits:

  • Edward Hopper: Growing Up in Nyack, in the Nyack Library through July 31. An exhibit of photographs from the period of Hopper's youth, of him, his family, and places he was familiar with.
  • The Restoration of the Hopper House, in the Nyack Liibrary. Curator Winston Perry, then chairman of the Hopper Foundation Building Committee, will share his photographs and memories of the restoration of Hopper's boyhood home.
  • A selection of photographs from the Hopper Art Center's recent Hopperesque exhibit, on display in Society headquarters at Depew House. Art Gunther: " principal curator of Hopperesque and director of the final concept, I think it is a wonderful idea to continue part of the show at your new site. Any art that is Hopperesque must include Nyack, since Edward Hopper grew up in the village and was affected by it. Your historical site is a perfect place to showcase that."

Photos and Images Courtesy of the Nyack Library.This exhibit was held at the library during May, 2011.

Tenement MuseumA Good Time Was Had by All: Day Trip to the Tenement Museum, and a Neighborhood Walking Tour of Lower East Side Sites

We had an exciting day trip on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 on a marvelous guided tour of restored homes in The Tenement Museum of New York. Also included were be a neighborhood walking tour of Lower East Side sites. The museum tour, Getting By, shows how immigrants weathered hard times at 97 Orchard Street between from 1863 to 1935.  We saw the restored homes of a German-Jewish family who lived through the Panic of 1873, and an Italian-Catholic family who survived the Great Depression. The neighborhood walking tour focused on the trends that shaped the Lower East Side from 1935 to the present with stops along the way at bodegas, parks, settlement houses  and churches.   

Also available was a  continuous media presentation that depicts the life conditions of the immigrants and shows clips of an interview with a previous tenant.  There was time to visit the gift store and interesting small local shops.

Photo courtesy of East Side Tenement Museum - by Keiko Niwa

For more information, contact Betty Gaeta, 845.358.2765 or

Little-known History of African-Americans in Rockland County African Americans

The Historical Society of the Nyacks and the African-American Historical Society of Rockland County presented the program "A Mighty River: Contributions of the Peoples of the African Diaspora to the Economic Development along the Hudson River" the Nyack Library on Wednesday evening, March 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

This program, which includes a video, a dramatic piece entitled, "A Brickyard Monologue in Three Parts" and several exhibits, was produced by the CEJJES Institute of Pomona and the African American Historical Society of Rockland,

Jamila Shabaz Brathwaite, Program Director of the CEJJES Institute, will introduce the video and lead a discussion following the screening, "A Mighty River" brings to light many significant and previously unknown facts conceming the roles of African Americans in the local economy, as both laborers and small businessmen.

The Brickyard Monologue has been presented around the county by students in RCC's Performing Arts Department and brings to life the lives of those black workers in the brickyards of Haverstraw.

For more information call Bob Goldberg of the Historical Society at 845.268.3838.



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