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Newburgh in the World War, Part I

May 31, 2018, 7 PM
Military scholar, Colonel Frank Licameli, will illustrate the heroic service of some of our local soldiers a century ago.

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Newburgh in the World War, Part II

June 3, 2018, 2 PM
City Historian Mary McTamaney will discuss background history on the new Crawford House exhibit that highlights the amazing support projects undertaken by Newburghers on the World War I home front.

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Newburgh Illuminated Festival

June 2, 2018, 2-4 PM
Celebrate Newburgh during the sixth annual city-wide event, Newburgh Illuminated. The Newburgh Historical Society opens the Crawford House for a special day of guided tours. Explore the new exhibit about the role Newburgh Played during World War I.


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Historical Society hosts concert on Mother’s Day Weekend

Long before the information age brought entertainment on demand, people found their amusement at neighbors’ homes. Guests took part in dramatic readings of prose and poetry, and sang together accompanied by small parlor instruments.

When Newburgh Produced Pianos

By Mary McTamaney Imagine walking to the foot of Broadway in the decade before the Civil War. Newburgh was still a village. The harbor was full of sloops and schooners. The clop of horse hooves was heard moving in every direction. Wagons hauled every kind of material along the wide dirt road: bales of hay, … Continue reading When Newburgh Produced Pianos

Tuning the Antique Pianos

Experienced antique instrument tuner Charles Frommer and his colleague, Michael Schirmer, recently visited the Crawford House to examine our pianos. They raised and tuned the Sohmer baby grand piano dated to the early twentieth century. They said it had remarkably good tone given its overall condition. Charles will return on a later date to complete … Continue reading Tuning the Antique Pianos

Marci Gurton Joins the Board

In November, we happily welcomed Marci Gurton to the board of trustees. A former development director with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh (2008-2011), Ms. Gurton has an intimate understanding of Newburgh, and a passion for its history and residents. She holds a Master’s degree in anthropology from the New School for Social Research and … Continue reading Marci Gurton Joins the Board

Crawford House Painting

Painting Under Way

We are happy to report that in October we begun a long overdue painting of the entire exterior of the Crawford House. Building and Grounds committee chair Glenn Marshall is overseeing the work by contractor Prestige Painting. Based on previous colors used on the historic house, the updated scheme will give the house a fresh … Continue reading Painting Under Way

Dutch 'Kas' being loaded onto a truck

Dutch ‘Kas’ Takes a Trip

The History Society’s Dutch “Kassekasten” or simply “Kas” (using the Dutch word for cupboard) dates to the mid-17th century (c. 1650) and was imported to this country by the Elting family of Wiltwick (Kingston). It passed through several ownerships until it was donated to the Crawford House by a director of the Historical Society. Measuring … Continue reading Dutch ‘Kas’ Takes a Trip

Hudson Valley Teachers visit the Crawford House

Teaching the Hudson Valley

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Crawford House welcomed a visit from 18 area educators participating in a three-day program called “Teaching the Hudson Valley.” Through a combination of lectures, workshops and field trips like this one, participating teachers and administrators learn new ways to engage their students in the place where they live – in … Continue reading Teaching the Hudson Valley

Louise Fern joins the Board

The Historical Society is pleased to welcome Louise Marie Inzerra Fern to the board of directors. As a Certified Public Accountant, she has worked for nearly 20 years as a tax ax preparer, manager, and corporate auditor. In 2000 she established her own independent accounting firm, which concentrates on tax preparation for individuals, corporations, estates … Continue reading Louise Fern joins the Board