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Fireworks Cruise

July 7, 2018, 7:30-10:30 PM
Enjoy a special evening with friends aboard the Pride of the Hudson as it travels to West Point to see their massive concert fireworks show over Trophy Point. Learn some history of Newburgh and the Hudson Highlands on the voyage.

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Afternoon at The Newburgh Brewing Company

August 19, 2018, 1 -4 PM
Watch a slideshow about Newburgh on the big screen while tasting the variety of Newburgh craft beers in this repurposed 19th century factory overlooking the Hudson. All tips benefit the Historical Society.

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Explore the Nicoll Farm

September 1, 2018, 2-4 PM
Tour the restored house, barns and grounds of a family who settled 18th century New Windsor on a beautiful old farm still intact along the Moodna Creek – A Hudson Valley Ramble Weekend event.


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Preservation group leads walking tour of Algonquin Park

As an industrial complex for the manufacture of black powder throughout most of the nineteenth century, Orange Mills in Newburgh was designed to withstand destruction by accidental explosion. Workers in the wooded acres along Powder Mill Road carefully combined volatile ingredients that were refined into gunpowder which they packed and shipped around the country. Machinery, … Continue reading Preservation group leads walking tour of Algonquin Park

The Red Cross tradition

By Mary McTamaney March is Red Cross Month and has been by presidential proclamation since 1943. President Franklin Roosevelt first dedicated March to “the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross” during the height of World War II to bring more support to the organization’s war effort. It was fitting for us that a … Continue reading The Red Cross tradition

Where was this Newburgh parade?

By Mary McTamaney This past weekend, Newburgh’s streets were active with people enjoying the delights of the start of “summer.” From Downing Park to the River Art Walk, we got out into the sunshine to celebrate our cultural treasures of art, architecture and landscape. The annual Memorial Day Parade marched from the west end to … Continue reading Where was this Newburgh parade?

Newburgh unity In our grandparents’ days

History classes taught us that the First World War consumed soldiers like a fire-breathing dragon striding across Europe. The trench-style warfare, the use of poison gas and machine guns, the extreme weather conditions and lack of sanitation and re-supply, caused men to die in numbers not known since the Civil War. That comparison may be the key to local involvement in that early 20th century war.

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