HOURS  - Saturdays & Sundays 1 - 5 PM, Wednesdays 3 - 6 PM.    History and Geneaology Resource Rooms are also open. Guided and self-guided tours available.  Suggested Donation $3.00 per person. Members are free. Veterans and Active Service members are free. First floor exhibits and bathroom facilities are accessible for individuals with disabilities.  



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"St Nicholas - The Story of St. Nicholas" - Yes, St. Nicholas was a real person and his legacy of gift giving continues with Santa Claus.  Exhibit remains until Feb 2019.


"100th Anniversary of the Armistice, World War 1" - Exhibit on the War Memorial in Ridgewood, Bushwick and Glendale.  Front pages from the Ridgewood Times, Profiles of Joseph Wolf, Jr. and Joseph B Garity, killed in action.  Nov 11, 2018- January 2019.  Exhibit remains until Feb 2019.


"Unearthed at the Onderdonk House - Artifacts from the 1970 Archaeological Investigations" - Richard Asbell has re-installed our permanent exhibit, and added additional material including photos of the other colonial houses along Flushing Avenue.   Permanent.  


"Exploring Historic Ridgewood". CASA program with IS93.  See how the students re-created colonial lifeways and activities, explored historic remnants throughout the neighborhood, and repurposed artifacts into art during this exciting after school initiative supported by NYC Council District 30 through the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Exhibit starts June 1. Exhibit curated by Chrysalis Archaeology and GRHS, Caitlin McDonough and Emily Caspari.

 "View from a Balloon" - Exhibit of Society archival maps, including 1871 Map of New York City and F.W. Beers maps of Newtown, Corona, Winfield, Queens and New Lots, Brooklyn.  

BATTLE OF BROOKLYN Battle Week:   Exhibit on Nathanial Woodhull, "General Nathaniel Woodhull, Command of the Queens & Suffolk County Militias"  August 23, through November, 2014.

Images of America - Forgotten Queens

Photographs from the book with the same title, from the collections of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, including images from the greater Ridgewood area.  Curated by Richard Asbell with Charles Sanchez.  Through JULY 2014.

Adriaen van der Donck's Portrait of a Colony

Guest curator Bethany Romanowski explores the New World through the lens of the early Dutch account, "A Description of New Netherland" or "Beschryvinge Van Nieuw-Nederlant," first published by colonist Adriaen van der Donck in 1655. Objects on display from the New York State Museum and the Brooklyn Children's Museum supplement collections of the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society to introduce visitors to this important text from the Dutch colonial period in New York. Adriaen Van Der Donck's Portrait of a Colony is a special treat for visitors and an honor for the Society to bring to our community. Saturday, October 5, 2012 through Friday, January 4, 2013.


Reflecting the Past, Promise of the Future - 100 Years of Girl Scouting - March through April 2012
Curated by Richard Asbell with Charles Sanchez.
Memoriabilia, handbooks, vintage uniforms including photographs of Juliette Lowe, founder of Girl Scouts in the USA. From the collections of Mary Anne Walter, Marie Ernst, Marion Cetinski, Cheryl Swiatkowski, Dorothy Schneider, Debby Ehricks, Kathleen Verbil.

Dug On Site
Archeological exhibit on artifacts from the archeological digs in the late 1970's on the Vander Ende Onderdonk property.

19th Century Lighting
The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society opened the new exhibit, Candles to Kerosene, a historical perspective. The exhibit features period light fixtures from colonial to 19th century, tracing the development of lighting from the practical to fanciful, including early primitive whale oil lamps and the most fashionable lamps and chandeliers of the carriage trade.  Curated by Richard Asbell and including items from his personal collection.



Boy Scouts of America - A Century of Service
Curated by Richard Asbell.  Collection of Joe Bradley.  2010

Royal Roots Revisited: Saluting the Dutch House of Orange-Nassau
Curated by Matthew Jensen with the assistance of Arthur Kirmss,
Ellen Brody-Kirmss, Meghan Harkins, John Ogren and Stan Parchin
August 1, 2009 - November 15, 2009
Exquisite silver and ceramic works document the Dutch Royal Family's centuries-old connection with New York since explorer Henry Hudson's landmark 1609 voyage up the waterway that would eventually bear his name. Rare coins, vessels and ephemera, ranging in date from the establishment of New Amsterdam through the modern era, provide historical and cultural context for the House of Orange-Nassau's enduring relationship with the Empire State. Archival photographs of Dutch monarchs' visits to New York are also exhibited. Click to download a copy of the press release.
Rites of Passage
Curated by Richard Asbell and George Miller
July 2008 - June 30, 2009

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society presents Rites of Passage beginning July 26, 2008. The exhibition traces the history of cemeteries, makers of funerary monuments and florists in New York's Queens County.
The Rural Cemeteries Act of 1847, a law that provided for the development of commercial burial grounds in New York State, dramatically changed the look of Queens and many of its neighborhoods' identities. Previous to the act's passage, interments occurred on church or private property. Large tracts of farmland were acquired and turned into beautiful cemeteries through the skillful work of talented landscape architects, sculptors and florists. A whole new breed of business evolved rapidly in the county.
Our presentation, arranged in six display cases, features photographs, documents and artifacts related to a century of cemetery development in Queens. A central freestanding vitrine exhibits the work of early stonecutters in the form of inscribed grave markers.   
Just After the Battle:  an Exhibit of the American Civil War

Curated by Arthur Kirmss and Ellen Brody-Kirmss
October 2007 - June 28, 2008
The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society presents Just After the Battle, an exhibit of historic Civil War objects.  Titled after a Civil War song of 1864, Just after the Battle is a multifaceted exhibit ─ presenting over 250 authentic period relics and artifacts.  Included are weapons of the military, battlefield recoveries, domestic and personal items, photographs, Civil War money (North and South), patriotic and fraternal war era mementos, and much more.
De Boerderij
Curated by Brenda Bradley and Mark Mulholland
June 30 - October 13, 2007

Exciting paintings, prints, photography, and indoor and outdoor sculptures by more than a dozen contemporary artists comprise De Boerderij (the Dutch word for farm), a truly special exhibition inspired by aspects of agrarian life and the Onderdonk House.
Participating artists included Diane Apostolacus, Pooja Bakri, Karen Beckhardt, Brenda Bradley, Cindy Gato, Rachel Jacobs, Paul Jacobson, Arthur Kirmss, Niki Lederer, Miranda Lloyd, Bettina Magi, Valessa Monk, Mark Mulholland, Georgina Queruel, Ellen Rand, Farah Salehi, James Saunders, Rosario Varela, Fotini Vurgaropulou, Nancy Ward and Brett Wintle.
Vernederlandsen: An Assimilated Anatomy
Exhibition of diorama drawings by Denise Martinez
October 1 - November 19, 2006

In The Netherlands there is a word, vernederlandsen, which takes the idea of cultural integration to a deeper level. It expresses the absorption of culture, an assimilation that has taken a deep, almost physical, root in the individual of foreign origin. As globalization generates increasing numbers of displaced and mobilized populations Martinez asks the viewer to consider questions surrounding cultural assimilation. Using flat surfaces, Martinez creates three dimensional works that cite historical paintings and integrate anatomical interpretations. Her visual vocabulary transcends national borders and integrates the symbolic with the visceral.

Martinez began to explore the question, "What is appropriate cultural integration?" more than 20 years ago, when she left New Amsterdam (New York City) and immigrated to Amsterdam in The Netherlands. She became fluent in the Dutch language and learned about the history and cultural traditions of her adopted home. Despite this, Martinez considers herself one of a growing number in an emerging globalized culture that ushers in a new dimension of acculturation.

Cross Currencies - Making Money in Old New York
Curated by Arthur Kirmss and Ellen Brody-Kirmss
January - October 2006

Presented as a truly-cross cultural American experience, this exhibit revives the "lost" craft of wampum making. The interplay in wampum production between early European Colonials and the Algonkian people led to vibrant trade and the ultimate commercial success of New York. While the word connotes money, wampum making was itself a fine craft. In this exhibit, artist and curator Arthur Kirmss recreates the process with a display of primitive handmade tools. "Cross Currencies" includes artifacts of New Amsterdam and 17th century Holland; a recreation of the process of making wampum, New York's first currency; paintings, illustrations, beads and tools made by Mr. Kirmss; and much more.

An accomplished artist and musician, Mr. Kirmss' sculpture, paintings, jewelry, engravings and wood carvings can be found in many public and private collections, and he has written and published numerous articles on primitive shell bead making, wampum, and other subjects of historic and artistic interest.