Town of Hyde Park

Historical Society

The Hyde Park Historical Society Sign

Program Information  
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The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society invites those interested in local history to join our Society.
We meet the last Tuesday of the month at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Route 9
at Church Street, 7:00 p.m.

Individual membership is $15, and $25 for a family.

Checks should be sent to:

The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society
P. O. Box 182
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Please send your name, address, phone number, and email address.

CLICK HERE TO PRINT 2017 MEMBERSHIP FORM

Membership dues for 2017 run from January through December.
Checks for dues for 2017 may be mailed.
Individuals are $15/year, and Family (two adults at the same address) is $25/year.
Questions may be referred to Julia Ahlquist at 845-889-4521.

 

 

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UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
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September 26th - 7:00 p.m. -- "Murals, etc." by artist, Franc Palaia, who recently painted the mural on the north side
of the building at Route 9 and Pinewoods Road here in Hyde Park.

October 24th - 7:00 p.m. Talk by Ralph Osterhoudt, Sr. about growing up on a farm in Staatsburg, his family,
being a Soldier in the U.S. Army during WWII, and living here in Hyde Park. Please note this is not the last
Tuesday of the month!

November 28th -- 7:00 p.m. Tour and history of the Roosevelt Engine Company #1 at their Firehouse on Violet Avenue
just south of Haviland Road, Hyde Park. After the tour and talk by Chief Dan Nichols, we will have our refreshments
and a short business meeting.

Meetings are held at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Route 9 at Church Street,
unless otherwise noted. After the speakers, there will be refreshments and a business meeting. Anyone interested
in local history is invited to attend. For membership information, call Julia Ahlquist at 845-889-4521.

Dues are $15/Individual and $25/Family per year from January through December. Our Museum at 4389 Albany Post Road
in the former firehouse building is open on Saturdays from 10-2 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. through the end of October.
Please invite your family and friends to visit the Museum, and call Gert Trani if you would like to volunteer to be
a host/hostess at 845-229-5561.
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The Little Red Schoolhouse on the grounds of North Park Elementary School is open for special tours by calling the Director,
Carl Grieco, at 845-229-9029. Due to the renovation project being worked on this year, no events were scheduled this summer.
However, there will be two Open House events on Sundays: September 24th and October 22nd at 2:00 p.m. for our members
and visitors to see what has been accomplished with their generous donations! Please invite your family and friends to attend,
and let us know if you will be able to join us.


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Historical Society Museum Our Museum in the former firehouse at 4389 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY,
is open from June first through the end of October on Saturdays from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
It contains many artifacts donated by the townspeople, including the voting machine when FDR ran against President Hoover
in 1932, with the ballot still intact! We also have a display of the 240th US Army's MP Battalion when they were here to protect
President Roosevelt during WWII. We also have many publications available for purchase, and we encourage residents to record
their family history for our files for future generations to know about the history of their families. There is no fee, however,
donations are appreciated. We hope to see you at our meetings and upcoming events.

For membership information call Julia Ahlquist at 845-889-4521,
and for any other information, call Patsy N. Costello, the President, at 845-229-2559 or Email: Patsyc97@AOL.com.

Also, please see our website: www.townofhydeparkny-historicalsociety.org
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HPHS Museum - at 4389 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, Open June through the end of October

Saturdays from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Please call Gert Trani at (845) 229-5561 if you would like to volunteer to host at the Museum.
We would like to have two volunteers each day we are open.
Invite your family and friends to see what has been donated by the townspeople and our collection of Hyde Park memorabilia.
There is no fee, however, donations are appreciated. We also have some local historical books for sale.


We hope you are having an enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meetings and events.
Should you have any questions, please call Julia Ahlquist for Membership at 845-889-4521,
or Patsy N. Costello, the president, at 845-229-2559.

NOTE: There is no hardcopy being mailed to those who have email.
So please print this notice for your records and mark your calendar.
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WWII Aircraft Warning Service Building - Historic Sign

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The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society and friends gathered at the Rhinebeck Bank property on Violet Avenue in Hyde Park,
NY on June 6, 2015 to commemorate the installation of a sign obtained from a grant by The William G. Pomeroy Foundation
to recognize the site of a WWII Aircraft Warning Service building in the area. The building itself was on the east side of the road.
Patsy N. Costello, Historical Society President, gave the history recorded in Helen Myers' journal when she was a feature writer
for "The Poughkeepsie New Yorker." Supervisor Aileen Rohr also spoke about preserving our history. Approximately 40
attendees heard the details behind the Aircraft Warning Service building where volunteers watched for enemy planes during WWII.
A few of those attending were "spotters" themselves as teenagers, and several attendees' family members who came told of their
relatives and neighbors being dedicated to this cause.

While traveling on Route 9G (Violet Avenue) check out the new historic sign by the Rhinebeck Bank. A booklet was put together
for the event, and copies may be obtained at the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Museum, open Saturdays from 10-2
and Sundays from 1-4 through the end of October. For additional information call Patsy N. Costello at 845-229-2559.





The Aircraft Warning Service building was dedicated in November 1942 and is no longer standing.
This sign is dedicated to those who served as "spotters" during WWII watching 12/7 for enemy airplanes.

Submitted by: Patsy N. Costello, President
Town of Hyde Park Historical Society
P. O. Box 182 Hyde Park, NY 12538

Website: www.townofhydeparkny-historicalsociety.org

Phone: 845-229-2559
Cell: 845-242-4304
Email: Patsyc97@AOL.com

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HPHS Museum - at 4389 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, open from June through the end of October.
Currently seeking a volunteer Museum Director.
Open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

To volunteer at the Museum, call Patsy Costello at (845) 229-2559.

We would like to have two volunteers each day we are open.
Invite your family and friends to see what has been donated by townspeople and our collection of Hyde Park memorabilia.

There is no fee, however, donations are appreciated.

We also have some local historical books for sale.
Please visit us to see artifacts donated by the townspeople.

For special tours, call Patsy Costello at (845) 229-2559.

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