Author Archives: Madeline Byrne

Sunday, October 14: Lecture on WWI and Villards

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Richard Borkow entitled World War I and the Villards of Dobbs Ferry.

Learn about the role of the United States during the first World War, both ‘”over there” and “over here”, and the war’s impact on American civil liberties and on the American pacifist movement. The Villards of Dobbs Ferry were leaders of that movement.

This lecture will be held in conjunction with the Dobbs Ferry Library on October 14th at 2pm at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library. Refreshments will be provided by our local DAR organization.

August 19th – 13th Annual Road to Freedom Walk

Join us for the Annual Road to Freedom Walk

Starting at Gould Park at 1pm, we will walk with the fife and drum along the 1781 route of the Continental Army.
At 2pm at the Mead House at 12 Elm Street, we will meet The Hearts of Oaks Militia, see and taste 18th century open hearth cooking, hear period music, view displays of early money, military artifacts and tools, and see demonstrations of 18th century hairstyling, attire and makeup.

This event is free to all and refreshments will be served.

We are grateful for the generosity of the principal sponsors of Road to Freedom 2018 : Tensor Foundation and Half Moon Restaurant.

Please join us for a fun afternoon!

May 27, 2018 – 2nd Annual Spring Thing

You are invited to Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Spring Thing Community Picnic as we continue Ernie & Jean Howell’s 50-year tradition.

Bring your picnic blanket & family & friends to the Mead House, 12 Elm Street, on Sunday, May 27th, 1-5 pm.

We’ll supply the hot dogs & baked beans; you bring a side dish or dessert.

RSVP – 914-693-8817 or



January 7, 2018 : Annual Eggnog Party

2pm Mead House

Please come join us! The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society invites you to the Annual Eggnog party.

Sunday January 7th from 2 – 4 P.M.  at the Mead House

COME toast our plans for 2018 ~ COME salute our 2017 accomplishments ~ COME enjoy our headquarters with village friends and neighbors.                            JOIN us to support the DFHS and its vision for 2018!


Fall Lecture : Religious Faith and Seafaring in Early America

November 5, 2017
Dobbs Ferry Public Library
2 p.m.

In this presentation, Laura Chmielewski will explore intersections of religious faith and maritime enterprise in early America. The religious habits of merchants, seafarers, and traveling people of faith inflected their lives in a variety of ways that impacted trade practices, shipboard relationships, and even pastimes and hobbies.

We will explore the spaces and places of their religious activity and how ships and cities became the most powerful engines of religious coexistence and diversity in early America.

Dr. Laura M. Chmielewski is Associate Professor of History at State University of New York at Purchase. She is the author of “The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier”; “The Atlantic Experience: Peoples, Places, Ideas” (with Catherine M. Armstrong) and “Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet: Exploration, Encounter and the French New World.”

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Embarkation of the Pilgrims, by Robert Walter Weir

Spring Tea, May 25, 2016

Baby clothes for 2016 exhibit

Baby clothes for 2016 exhibit