Yorktown Museum Celebrates 50 Years

The Yorktown Museum entrance is near the intersection of Commerce Street and Veterans Road. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
The “Soldiers of the World” exhibit Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Deltiology enthusiasts will love the museum's new postcard exhibit. Credits: Brian Marschhauser

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Museum, tucked away on the top floor of the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of preserving the past and enriching the future.

The museum, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, is run by two part-time town employees, Nancy Augustowski and Adele Hobby, who describe the museum as “the best-kept secret in town.”

In addition to its many exhibits, the museum provides research materials and history programs, and has a traveling trunk available to local schools and organizations. Its five permanent exhibit rooms are: Colonial Living and Its Simplicity; Native Americans, the Way It Was; Railroads’ Impact on Yorktown; Agriculture in Rural Westchester; and Lifestyle Changes Through Centuries in Miniature. There is also a gift shop.

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Those interested in deltiology (the study and collection of postcards) will also enjoy the museum’s newest exhibit. Learn about the origins of postcards, which first appeared in Europe in 1869, and their popularity as a means of communication in the United States, around 1904. Hundreds of postcards are currently on display, many of which highlight certain areas of the world.

Augustowski said the popularity of Comic Con “doesn’t hold a candle” to world of the deltiology.

Also on display is a tin soldier collection that was recently bequeathed to the museum.

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