Don't Forget New Amsterdam Festival, Sat & Sun, May 5,6 from 12 Noon to 6 PM.  Free!

We love visitors!  If you are a tour leader and want to visit during public hours with your group, please contact us, so we have sufficent staff to help your group.  ridgewoodhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or 718-456-1776.

 

New exhibit additions:  circa 1854 Photo of Gertrude Onderdonk Schoonmaker and Nicholas Schoonmaker and their 3 children.  Gertrude was the daughter of Ann and Adrian Onderdonk who built the frame addition and lived in the Onderdonk House in the mid 1800's to the turn of the century. 

Spring & Summer Hours for the Onderdonk House, starting March 10!!! Hours for both Saturday and Sunday will be 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Hours for Wednesday will be 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Guided tours available. Suggested donation is $3.00, Members, Service men and women are always free!!!   Like us on FACEBOOK for updates: oon

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Hours:   HOURS  - Saturdays & Sundays 1 - 5 PM, Wednesdays 3 - 7 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 and bathroom facilities are accessible for individuals with disabilities.  

EXHIBITS:  Richard Asbell has re-installed our permanent exhibit, “Unearthed at the Onderdonk House – Artifacts from the 1970's Archaeology Investigations” and added additional material including photos of the other colonial houses along Flushing Avenue.

"What is Archaeology?" - Exhibit on tools, methodology and GRHS archtifacts, in particular, stained glass from Louis Comfort Tiffany factory in Corona, Chrysalis Archaeology and Arianna Stimpfl, curators

"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.  

May 5, 6th, Saturday and Sunday - 2nd Annual New Amsterdam Festival.  12 Noon - 6 PM daily.  Food, Entertainment, Dutch culture, traditional Dutch market with local artists and merchants, crafts, games, self-guided tours of the Onderdonk House.  FREE.

July 7th – READING OF DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, 12 AND 2 PM. Our own Charles Sanchez, Board of Directors member and Saturday Docent, will be reciting the Declaration.  Q&A on the history of the Flag.  Donation $5.00. 

 

 

 

 

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A Message to Elementary and Middle School Educators

As an enhancement to your early New York curriculum, we invite you and your classes to visit the Vander Ende Onderdonk House. The history, location and contents of the house provide a rich educational and cultural experience for class and group visits.

Our school program is  geared to elementary grade levels and complies with New York State curriculum standards; special programs can be adapted for other grades. Activities usually include a tour of the house and grounds; a slide presentation on early New York and local history and a colonial craft activity, although modifications to the program may occur due to time constraints, weather, size of group, etc.

This year, we have many surprises to share.  We completed the renovation of the house, beginning with the Onderdonk Parlour, which has been restored and decorated with original 19th century furnishings as well as the colonial kitchen.  The Vander Ende Room has also been renovated to reflect the earliest colonial years of the house. 

We also have a small gift shop with colonial and inexpensive items geared toward children.

Please note that we can not accommodate multiple classes during single visits this year the size of your group must be limited to 30 students or less excluding parents and school staff.  We are accepting reservations for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but will accept reservations for other days, subject to availability.  

Senior Citizen, Civic Associations and other groups

We can taylor a visit to the Onderdonk House for your group based on needs, interests and time.  Group size is limited to about 30 persons.