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Spring 2017 Lecture Series

Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM
Dobbs Ferrry Library, 55 Main Street

Westchester author Carol Brier will speak about her recently published book, Mr. Jay of Bedford: John Jay, The Retirement Years 1801-1829.

Ms. Brier will talk about the later years and legacy of Westchester statesman, John Jay. After serving his country in many varied roles, the last as governor of New York, Jay took up residence at his beloved farm at Bedford in 1801, At the farm he turned his attention to his crops and livestock, family, friends, compatriots, and servants, free and slave. We will learn about the technological advances of the day (such as Hudson River steamboats and the Erie Canal), about Jay’s continuing literary and political pursuits, his close friendship with novelist James Fenimore Cooper, and his participation in an important debate on the authorship of George Washington’s Farewell Address.

Admission is free, and all are welcome.
Carol Brier has written many articles about John Jay for various historical publications. She is the author, publisher and administrator of the JOHN JAY FORUM, a blog devoted to researching John Jay and his family, with information about books, articles, manuscripts, pamphlets, events and links. Her 2016 book, Mr. Jay of Bedford, John Jay, The Retirement Years 1801-1829 was published by Heritage Books and contains much new scholarship.

2017 Annual Clara Mead Eggnog Party

Come join us for the Annual Clara Mead Eggnog Party!

Taking place Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 2:00pm at

the Mead House,

Open to one and all; come visit with friends and neighbors to welcome in the New Year!

Downloadable PDF brochure


Lecture: An Absolute Tyranny Over These States

Thursday, Dec. 1, Dr. Richard Borkow, Dobbs Ferry Village Historian and author of George Washington’s Westchester Gamble, will give a lecture at the Irvington Library entitled “An Absolute Tyranny Over These States:” What did Jefferson’s words mean to the Founding generation?

Jefferson Quote

The lecture will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Irvington Public Library
12 South Astor Street
Irvington, NY 10533

Register at

Irvington in the Movies – A New History Film Series

Turn back time and hop aboard the Twentieth Century Limited, also known as the Hudson River Line, with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic North by Northwest.

Shown for the first time on the big screen in Irvington’s Town Hall Theater, the film will be introduced by local historian Thom Johnson with a brief lecture titled “North by Northwest Through Irvington and Beyond.”

This event is the debut installment of a new History Film Series, being co-sponsored by the Irvington Historical Society and the Town Hall Theater, that will feature classic movies that include scenes of Irvington.

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: 85 Main Street (Town Hall Theater)
Tickets: $15 at and include
complimentary beer and wine; popcorn and snacks can be purchased during the show.

North By Northwest (1959)

Irvington Historical Society Fall Fundraising Benefit

On Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, the Irvington Historical Society is hosting their annual Fall Fundraising Benefit.

Taking place at at the historic Carmer Octagon House (on the Aqueduct in Irvington), the benefit will feature tours of this historic mansion as well as the reinstated 19th Century Lord & Burnham greenhouse.

For tickets, go to



2016 Road To Freedom

Sunday, August 7 at 1:00 pm at Gould Park

Join the Walk led by fife & drum and the Second New York Regiment reenactors as we follow along the route of the Continental Army as they departed Dobbs Ferry for Yorktown, Virginia, on August 19, 1781


Then, at 2:00 pm at Mead House, Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Headquarters, 12 Elm Street, join us for a free, all-ages program:

  • IMG_8383Talk to costumed reenactors about life in the Continental Army
  • See historical artifacts and reproductions, including a tent, uniforms and everyday items used by soldiers, Native Americans and colonists
  • Kids can muster in and drill with the 2nd NY
  • Learn about fashion and makeup from a lady of the period
  • Refreshments will be served
  • Make your own ice cream sundae

Road to Freedom 2016 is a shared initiative of the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society and the Village of Dobbs Ferry.

Spring Tea, May 25, 2016

Baby clothes for 2016 exhibit

Baby clothes for 2016 exhibit

Early New York as a Model for the Nation

A Conversation with Patricia Bonomi,
Richard Borkow (Interviewer), and the Audience

2:00pm April 3, 2016
Mead House, 12 Elm Street, Dobbs Ferry

Don’t miss this discussion about colonial New York with noted historian and Irvington resident, Dr. Patricia Bonomi, Prof. Emerita  of History at New York University and author of A Factious People.

Among the topics:

the factious politics of colonial New York
the landmark Zenger case
the first political parties of New York State


Admission is free and all are welcome!



An Afternoon Tea on the Porch

The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society presents an Afternoon Tea


in celebration of Mother’s Day, and the opening of
our newest exhibit of turn-of-the-century baby and children’s clothing

Please bring a photo of your favorite Dobbs Ferry “Mom”
that we may scan  for our archive collection !

Sunday, May 15th 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
The Mead House
12 Elm Street


Baby clothes for 2016 exhibit

Baby clothes for 2016 exhibit

Annual New Year’s Clara Mead Egg Nog Party

Come visit with friends and neighbors to welcome in the New Year at
the Mead House, on Sunday, January 10, 2016, from 2-4 PM.
A free event, open to the community.