Meet the Presidents!

Join the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society when we present another ZOOM lecture from the New York Historical Society on October 4th at 4 pm. During this Presidential election year, we will present

Meet the Presidents: A Look at the American Presidency

Discover the evolution of the presidency and executive branch and how presidents have interpreted and fulfilled their leadership role with exhibition highlights from Meet the Presidents. Highlights include the actual Bible used during George Washington’s inauguration in 1789 and a student scrapbook from 1962 chronicling John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Please email Ellen to reserve a spot at She will provide the ZOOM link and password.

Upcoming Zoom Lecture!

Once again we have brought the exhibitions from the New York Historical Society to Dobbs Ferry. This lecture will be a ZOOM presentation on June 14th, 2020 at 4pm :

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. The New-York Historical Society presents the rock & roll world of Bill Graham (1931–1991), one of the most influential concert promoters of all time. Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the life and work of the legendary music impresario who worked with the biggest names in rock music—including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones—and launched the careers of countless music luminaries at his famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and the Fillmore East in New York City. 

The event is free but you must register to attend. Please RSVP with your name and email address to me at I will send you login informaton with the ZOOM meeting ID and password.

Hudson Rising

Please join us for the program, Hudson Rising, An Environmental Odyssey. Staff from the New York Historical Society will present a lecture adapted from their summer exhibition. Sunday, November 17 at 1pm. Dobbs Ferry Library. Admission is free and open to all.

14th Annual Road to Freedom

Join us on Sunday, August 18th 1 pm at Gould Park to walk the 1781 route of the Continental Army.

Following the march meet at 2pm at the Mead House for the fun activities of the afternoon including colonial games, tasting 18th century recipes, displays of early money and demos fo 18th century makeup and hairstyling.

Also attending will be General Anthony Wayne and the American Corps of Light Infantry.

All events are free and all ages are welcome!

Refreshments will be served to all!

Historic District Open House

Making History in Dobbs Ferry! The Old Croton Aqueduct has inspired a new historic district proposal in Dobbs Ferry.

Please come by and meet with Steve Tilly and Sonya Terjanian and learn about our new district application.

Sunday, June 23rd from 2-4pm at The Mead House, 12 Elm Street

Cosponsored by The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society and The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Spring Thing Community Picnic

You are invited to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s Third Annual Community Picnic.

Sunday May 26th from 1 – 4pm at the Mead House. Bring your family and friends. We supply the franks and beans, you bring dessert!

RSVP : 914-693-8817 or

History Contest

2019 Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Contest


History exists because of both the human and the culture in which they were born. So what makes them relevant to you now? How is this history being given new life within you? Again, it might be something you’re rebelling against, inspired to emulate or hoping to correct. Detail the part of history that inspires you today, how it came into existence originally (the originator and their environment) and how it is now a part of the “2019 you”.

Mail or hand-deliver your submission to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society or email to: by May 12, 2019

ALL STUDENTS who participate in the contest shall be recognized at a reception to be hosted by the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society on SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at The Mead House. The winning submission will receive a $100 cash award. Two runners up will each receive $50 cash awards.