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  Local History Calendar

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An Underground Railroad Monument Comes to Nyack
Historical Society of the Nyacks Museum
Saturdays through May, 1 - 4 p.m.
50 Piermont Ave., lower level, behind Nyack Library parking lot

This exciting new exhibit explores the story of two extraordinary women, Cynthia Hesdra and Toni Morrison, and the project that unites them.

Cynthia Hesdra was a Nyack woman who rose from slavery to become an entrepreneur and abolitionist. After her freedom was secured, she went on to own and operate a laundry business in New York City and Nyack, and to acquire real estate in Greenwich Village and Nyack. When Hesdra died on February 9, 1879, her net worth was around $100,000, the equivalent of $2.3 million. Read more ....

Interested in being a volunteer docent for this marvelous exhibit? Please call Leontine Temsky at 845.358.4234 or email her at leetemsky@gmail.com.   

And, be sure to visit our new exhibit in the Nyack Library and explore Nyack's "Bench by the Road" Project. The library exhibit, mounted by curators Karen Kennell, Pat Condello and Betty Perry is in the library display cases located in the Nyack Library's Carnegie Farian room (Broadway entrance) and can be viewed during the library's regular hours.

Helen Hayes, First Lady of Nyack

Helen Hayes, First Lady of Nyack, was the subject of the Historical Society of the Nyacks' display at the Nyack Library. Beloved actress of stage and screen Helen Hayes, and her husband playwright Charles MacArthur made their home in Nyack from the early 1930s until her death in 1993. They lived on North Broadway in a house they named Pretty Penny, the subject of a painting they commissioned Edward Hopper to make. Come by the display cases in the Carnegie Room, the original stone part of the library, to revisit this charming and gracious lady who once walked with us and shared life in our community.

The exhibit will be on display through March, 2015.

TOYS OF THE PAST– Our Childhood Memories

This holiday-inspired display ran on from Febrary through March in our museum at the DePew House, 50 Piermont Avenue in Nyack. Read more ....

The 2015 John Scott ArmChair Walking Tours

Our next John Scott Armchair Walking Tour will take place in April, 2015. We will provide details here.

The Great Nyack House Tour 2014 - Houses with a Secret

As featured in the media. Click here for the Journal-News and click here for the New York Times.

The Historical Society of the Nyacks hosted its sixth biennial house tour on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Titled "Houses with a Secret," this special tour invited visitors to explore 10 houses that have mysteries hiding behind the doors. Our volunteer docents were there to demystify the local history surrounding each property.

We thank Event Sponsor Alan Englander of A L Sustainability LLC, and all of sponsors,
for their support of local history.




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