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The New Castle Historical Society was chartered to discover, preserve and communicate knowledge of the history of the Town of New Castle. The Horace Greeley House, the Greeley family's country home from 1864-1872, is the headquarters for the Society's programs, exhibits, and extensive research resources. The Museum Archives include books, photographs, costumes, maps, local diaries, and merchants' records. Special collections include information about the Quakers.
The Horace Greeley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It provides a handsome example of 19th century architecture as well as having historic significance as the former home of one of the town's most celebrated residents. The house is situated on a hillside close to the center of town, where it has been a well-loved landmark for nearly 150 years.
The New Castle Historical Society, chartered as a non-profit organization by New York State in 1966, actively pursues its mission to discover, preserve and disseminate the history of the Town of New Castle. Over 150 working volunteers, serving under the leadership of the Board of Trustees and an executive director, staff the Society's programs. The NCHS maintains a particularly active partnership with local schools, and provides programs and research opportunities for other groups and individuals of all ages.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 1-4 p.m. for public tours. Appointments may be made for other times and for group tours by calling the Museum at (914) 238-4666. The Museum Gift Shop will be open during posted hours. The Horace Greeley House is handicapped accessible. The Museum grounds also include gardens with period plantings.
- Program Description
- The Society's Education committee develops programs in cooperation with the Chappaqua schools. Representative activities include: *A tour of the Horace Greeley House for second graders, as part of their town history program *A tour for fourth and fifth graders of early New Castle and sites important in the American Revolution *Historical content for combined historical and environmental research papers done by middle school students *Independent research opportunities for high school students. In addition, members of the Education Committee design and organize tours and projects for groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts and the Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program. Educational Programs are offered to the general public through out the year. They include: * Craft programs for adults and children * Exploring American Dolls through fashion and embroidery for children * Lectures and slide presentations for adult and youth groups * Mini -camp for elementary school aged children in the summer
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