The purpose of the Collection of the New Castle Historical Society is to collect, preserve and communicate the history of New Castle. The Collections consist of, but are not limited to: archives, books and manuscripts, photographs, maps, personal memorabilia, furnishings, textiles and costumes, farm and household implements, and works of art. The society may acquire artifacts by gift, discovery or purchase.

The Society welcomes the donations of appropriate items. Parties interested in making a donation please contact the Historical Society at (914) 238-4666 or researchcollections@newcastlehs.org

Collection Highlights

 

The Greeley’s cocoa set in the Dining Room with a photo of Horace Greeley.
The Greeley’s cocoa set in the Dining Room with a photo of Horace Greeley.

Furniture and Household Furnishings

Furniture and household furnishings appropriate to 19th century country living are displayed in the period rooms in the museum. Horace Greeley’s desk from his New York office of the New-York Daily Tribune is on display.

Textiles and Costumes

The textiles and costumes in the collection range from homemade quilts and bedspreads to men, women and children’s clothes from the 19th century to the 21st. The Museum is currently adding to the collection of 20th century fashions, the period when the corset finally relaxed its grip on the female form.

Costumes from the recent Downton Chappy exhibit.
Costumes from the recent Downton Chappy exhibit.

Photographs

The photograph collection is extensive showing the growth of New Castle from rural village to a modern suburb. It also records the interests and activities of the citizens.

Paintings

The paintings in the collection are primarily examples of American Impressionists. Prints and lithographs are also included.

 

Horace Greeley was a favorite subject of Thomas Nast’s cartoons.
Horace Greeley was a favorite subject of Thomas Nast’s cartoons.

 

Books, Newspapers and Political Cartoons

Horace Greeley was a favorite target of political cartoonist, Thomas Nast, and the museum has many examples. There is an in depth collection of the New-York Daily Tribune, Greeley’s newspaper. The collection also has copies of the many books written by Greeley, and other prominent writers of his time. In addition, there are 19th century school books and genealogies.

Maps

The map collection focuses not only on New Castle but also Westchester County and the surrounding towns, charting the growth of the area over time.

Beers-map-of-New-Castle

 

Historical Objects

Historical objects include political coins distributed during the Presidential election of 1872, Grant vs Greeley; posters, letters, autograph albums and personal memorabilia. There is also a collection of farm implements reflecting the farming origins of the town and Horace Greeley’s experiments in farming.

Contact us to see and learn about these items and more, and discover all the New Castle Historical Society has to offer.