‘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.

Monumental Newburgh: My Thoughts

Monuments, sculptures and public art appear in many towns and villages both large and small. They pay tribute to heroes of war, first responders and historic figures. In some cases they are simply works of art for public enjoyment. In working on various projects for the Newburgh Historic Society we’ve noticed many of these monuments and sculptures in the city and vicinity and thought they would make an interesting presentation. As the project progressed we counted at least two dozen such items and wanted to know more about their origin, who the artists were and where they were made. The results were astonishing.

Recycle and Reuse: Signage

The shed is filled with dust, cobwebs and things that go bump in the night. Like many others, our shed develops into a cluttered mess by the end of the year. During the much need cleanups, lost items are found while others are discovered. This year we came across more than a few old signs that were used to promote for a spring house and jazz tour. Unfortunately,the tour date was painted on which made the signs unusable since they were last used in 2003. However, thanks to our friends at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, we came across an idea that gave these unusable signs new purpose.

Volunteerism at the Crawford House: Leveling the Bluestone Path

In November, Russell Lange and Bill Mocko, two long-standing members and volunteers, dropped by one Sunday to level the bluestone path at the west entrance. Over time the ground beneath the stone shifted causing them to fall under the portico floor at the west entrance to the Crawford House. The Building and Grounds Committee was concerned about potentially destructive water draining over the stones and under the floor and, of course, visitors' safety. In the winter, water that collects may freeze and potentially cause unaware visitors or volunteers to slip and fall.