OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining residents and local historians recently cut the ceremonial ribbon on The Museum in the Streets, according to a statement from the village.
The ceremony, which included an inaugural museum walking tour, was led by former Ossining mayor and active Historic Preservation Commission member Miguel Hernandez, according to the statement.
According to organizers, the Dec. 14 event concluded with a reception at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, which is home to exhibits focused on the Old Croton Aqueduct and Sing Sing Prison.
The full program walking tour features more than two dozen plaques installed throughout the heart of Ossining and signage geared toward English and Spanish speakers, according to organizers.
Attending the event as a special guest was Devora Hill, daughter of Dr. George Hill, the first African American physician in the town and a man whose “generous spirit for the community” led to the founding of the Open Door Family Medical Centers, according to the statement. Dr. Hill’s personal story is told as part of the museum program tour.
Joanne Tall, chair of the village’s Historic Preservation Commission, said the Museum in the Street program helps bring Ossining’s history alive.
“This program is accessible and available to all and it brings even more beauty to our historic streetscape to boot,” she said. “The Historic Preservation Commission is very proud of this program and what it brings to the people who live, work or visit our historic downtown."
Current Mayor Victoria Gearity thanked those who attended the ceremony and those made the museum program possible.
“This exciting new reason to visit downtown Ossining is thanks to the dedication and talent of the Historic Preservation Commission,” she said, later adding, “The Museum in the Streets is an incredible gift to the people of Ossining and welcomes visitors to join us in celebrating our rich history.”