The New Castle Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to discover, collect, preserve and communicate the history of the Town of New Castle. It is located at the Horace Greeley House in Chappaqua, New York, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the country home from 1864–1872 of one of the town’s most celebrated residents. Horace Greeley was revered in the mid-1800s as the editor of the New York Tribune, and was considered “the most influential editor of his day.” In 1872, Greeley ran for presidential office and was defeated by Ulysses S. Grant. He died in Pleasantville later that year.
As part of its mandate, the Historical Society sponsors educational exhibits, most recently “Dressed for Success” (2009). This show displayed the glorious gowns of the yesteryear—wedding dresses, lacy party dresses, and Victorian afternoon dresses, for instance, with accompanying hats, shawls, and accessories of all kinds.
Among the Society's earlier exhibits:
- Sears Homes in New Castle (2008)
- Performing Arts in New Castle (2007)
- Millwood – More than a Rural Crossroad (2006)
- American Victorian Women (2005)
- Bill Clinton, Our Neighbor (2004)
- Chappaqua Schools (2004)
- Disasters in Chappaqua (2003)
- Horace Greeley – A National Influence (2002)
Please visit the New Castle Historical Society website for more information.