Historical Society shows the public how to dig deep about their historic homes

During their Annual Meeting this weekend, the Newburgh Historical Society kicks off a lecture series highlighting the hunt in historical research. The Historical Society receives many research inquiries throughout the year and although the organization is a logical first step, this two part series explores additional research methods and tools as they examine two popular themes this past year - home and water.

Historic Nicoll House Available for Tours on Labor Day Weekend

The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands has announced that the privately owned Nicoll House, perhaps the oldest house in New Windsor, will be available for tours on Saturday, September 1st. This will be a rare opportunity to visit this 1730’s farmhouse built along the Moodna Creek on the sight of the first … Continue reading Historic Nicoll House Available for Tours on Labor Day Weekend

Historical Society afternoon fundraiser Beer, Band & Bounty

Join the Newburgh Brewing Company for an afternoon fundraiser on Sunday August 19. Drink beer, wine, or soda and have some great food for a good cause. Historians and preservationists will be wandering around, admiring the splendid adaptive re-use of the old paper box factory building. The Brewery’s cheerful and experienced staff will serve you, but they are generously donating all tips collected between 1pm and 4pm to benefit the Historical Society.

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

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. The Newburgh Historical Society is recreating this scene by hosting a parlor event on Saturday, May 12th at the 1830 Captain … Continue reading Historical Society hosts concert on Mother’s Day Weekend

‘Please don’t call it a War Memorial’

Before a large audience at the Crawford House, guest speaker David McTamaney, a veteran support advocate and once a combat photographer in Vietnam, declared, “It is not a memorial to war. It’s a memorial to those who’ve died at war!” An image of the Orange County Veterans Memorial at the corner of Liberty Street and Leroy Place was projected onto a modest sized screen over his shoulder. The speaker's podium and microphone on the opposite side of the projector screen seemed unnecessary to the former English and Latin teacher who spent his career speaking before high school students. His notes were memorized and David had no issue projecting his voice over an audience that filled the double parlor.

Forum on the history behind Newburgh’s Monuments

Newburgh is a monumental city. The Newburgh Historical Society welcomes members and guests on Sunday, April 3 for an opening day that will include a slide presentation entitled “Monumental Newburgh.” Starting at 2 p.m., a panel led by Society member Tom Knieser will showcase the many beautiful sculptures and memorials installed in the city. There is a story behind the motivation and creation of each public monument. “In the years we traveled with our kids to various cities, the outdoor sculptures became a part of the memory,” Knieser reflected on how he came to appreciate the topic. There are two dozen examples scattered throughout the City of Newburgh, which have become lasting elements of the city’s landscape offering unique lenses into a local heritage.