Historic House Tour


I thought some of your public history students might be interested in this opportunity.

We were contacted to see if we knew anyone able to volunteer as a docent for the Hastings-on-Hudson Historical Society’s two-day house tour (May 22-23 from 12 noon to 5pm). The house in question is Margaret and William Sanger’s house which they lived in before she began her birth control crusade. Information about the tour is below:


If you are interested in participating please let me know as soon as possible. The docent does not need to be there for the entire duration of the tours, and it is an external tour of the house only.

We can provide some historical background for the tour to anyone who is interested in participating. It has at least one good story–it was designed and built by Bill Sanger, and the first night that the family stayed in the house it went on fire. Sanger’s autobiographies cover the incident, which you can read about here:


Cathy Moran Hajo, Ph.D.
Associate Editor/Assistant Director
The Margaret Sanger Papers Project
Department of History, New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-8666
(212) 995-4017 (fax)

Visit our website at: http://www.nyu.edu/projects/sanger

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017


Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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