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 temporary exhibit!!!!  We are highlighting our CASA program with IS93.  "Exploring Historic Ridgewood". 

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.


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: 


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







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Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 21st, 6 PM to 8 PM

Report to the Membership on the State of the Society

Members and the public who are interested in joining the Society

Barbecue immediately following the meeting

Strawberry Festival
Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 12 - 4 PM.  Music, games, food, vintage cars, tours of the Onderdonk House and the best strawberry shortcake in NYC!  Admission $3.00.

Bushwick Open Studios 2012

Onderdonk Sculpture Garden Opening Reception May 4, 6-8 PM.  Stroll our 1.5 acres of gardens and open space.

Exhibit - Reflecting the Past, Promise of the Future, Celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting
March - April 2012, Saturdays, 1-5 PM and by appointment.  Use this special email to make an appointment:  Celebrating100YearsGRHS@gmail.com

Spring Clean Up - Sunday and Monday, April 22, 23.  Sign up through Facebook.

Genealogy Workshops - March 24, April 21, May 19, July 21.

Flea Market - Saturday, April 28.  Vendors please email chelseavigue@hotmail.com for details.

Walking Tours of Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Saturday, April 30th.  Dave Gigler

The Life and Times of a Civil War Soldier
Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 1-3 PM.  Guest lecturer and living history re-enactor Patrick Falci recreates the Civil War experience at the Onderdonk House.  Admission $3.00

Writing Family History
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 2-4 PM.  Guest lecturer Anthony Lauriano will introduce you to the fascinating world of genealogy and family history.