New Board Members: Samantha Wiley and Reggie Young

The Historical Society welcomes two new board members who joined us recently. Both Samantha and Reggie add excellent skills, pertinent experience and fresh perspectives to our governing body.

Samantha Wiley

Samantha Wiley

Reggie Young

Reggie Young

Samantha Wiley is a Hudson Valley native who is passionate about historic preservation and sharing our rich local history with everyone she meets. Ms Wiley is currently on the staff of Storm King Art Center, where she has served for five years in severals roles including operations and communications. She previously worked for the American Folk Art Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and Hearst Magazines (all in NYC). Her education includes a BA from SUNY Purchase (Arts Management & Art History), an MA from Parsons (Design History & Curatorial Studies), and the Victorian Society of America’s summer program in London. Reggie Young’s passion for restoration and architectural renovation is evident in his more than 30 years of experience in antique restoration. In 2018, he launched Hudson Valley House Parts, with a storefront on Broadway, offering architectural salvage finds and specialty items for historic house restoration. He also operates Brooklyn Lime Works Studio, specializing in historic mortar and plaster. Mr. Young fell in love with Newburgh when he worked on the restoration of a Calvert Vaux home on Montgomery Street 15 years ago; he moved to Newburgh in 2014. In a previous career, he ran restaurants as well as culinary training and service programs. Reggie also currently serves on the City of Newburgh’s Architectural Review Commission.

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 and refresh the tuning in time for the Music for Mother’s Day concert on Saturday, May 12th. Continue reading

Marci Gurton Joins the Board

Marci GurtonIn 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 is currently employed as the Grants Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations, with the West Point Association of Graduates at the United States Military Academy. Continue reading

High School Students Visit Crawford House

On November 2, 2017, a group of 83 students from the Newburgh Free Academy visited the Crawford House. Led by Ginny McCurdy and other NFA teachers and chaperones, the student explored the 1830 “rich people’s house” up and down. Historical Society board members Warren Cahill and Jim Hoekema explained the history of the house, it’s architectural style, and the many artworks and furnishings inside. This was the final stop in a day of visits to historic sites, but the field trip was only one part of a program to increase students’ awareness of the Hudson Valley and its history. Continue reading

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 look. As often happens, preparing for the paint project unearthed a number of areas in the house that required repair. Continue reading

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 7 feet by 7 feet on six large ball feet, the Kas is made of rosewood and ebony. (Fortunately for the movers, it comes apart in 3 sections.) Continue reading

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 this case, the Hudson Valley. Continue reading

Louise Fern joins the Board

Louise FernThe 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 and trusts. Born in Cornwall, she was educated in Newburgh schools and holds a B.S. from SUNY New Paltz. In addition to professional memberships and appointments, she a trustee of the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy. She is married with three children and eight grandchildren.

Tramayne Young-Minor joins the Board

The Historical Society welcomes Tramayne Young-Minor to the board of directors. Born in Kansas, raised in Montgomery, she moved to Newburgh at 19. Attending Mount Saint Mary College and SUNY New Paltz, she bought her first Newburgh house at a city auction. Starting as a mortgage banker, she moved to Chase, where she is now the manager of the branch at 5020 Route 9W. She states “I am passionate about my staff and take great pride in helping them grow and expand their careers.” Her son, 13, attends school locally and is active in the local Hook Elite boxing club.

Volunteer Fair 2017

The Historical Society participated again in the Newburgh Volunteer Fair on April 29, 2017, at the Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Together with other local nonprofit organizations, we informed visitors about the Society, the Crawford House, and our upcoming program of events. Behind the table, the good word was spread by four volunteers, who are also board members: Roy Spells, Lynn Fischer, Jim Hoekema, and our newest trustee Tramayne Young-Minor.
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