Materials donated by Darwin Davidson

Davidson Donation

On July 19, 2016, the Historical Society gratefully accepted a donation of Newburgh-related materials from Darwin Davidson. Raised in the Newburgh area but now living in Deer Isle, Maine, Mr Davidson is descended from the Davidson family who owned and operated the Davidson Brickworks along the river in New Windsor the 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue reading

Spring Outreach Activities

The Historical Society’s mission is to protect and promote Newburgh’s history. Mostly this means opening the Crawford house to visitors from April to October, plus a series of lectures, exhibits, and other programs. But in April and May of 2016, several board members and volunteers took the mission on the road. Here are a few instances of how this played out: Continue reading

‘Please don’t call it a War Memorial’

On April 3, opening day for the Historical Society’s 2016 season, a number of local experts and community volunteers gathered to present a program on “Monumental Newburgh” about the monuments and public sculptures in the city of Newburgh. Photographer Tom Kneiser led with a slide show of photos showing the variety of such monuments. Other speakers then expanded on the topic with additional presentations.

Speaking of the Orange County Veterans Memorial at the corner of Liberty Street and Leroy Place, 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!” Continue reading

Swift Movement Over the Hudson

Swift Movement Over the Hudson

This morning over the Hudson River, Mother Nature gave us a beautiful display of swift movement – like most of us during the holiday season. We hope that you take some time to step back from the rush and enjoy the view. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands on Thursday, December 24, 2015

 
This morning over the Hudson River, Mother Nature gave us a beautiful display of swift movement – like most of us during the holiday season. We hope that you take some time to step back from the rush and enjoy the view. Happy Holidays!

Volunteerism at the Crawford House: Leveling the Bluestone Path

The Crawford House is our hook, as we like to refer to it. It is a beautiful home that speaks to the success of a historically significant Newburgh figure, Captain David Crawford. It’s easy to fall in love with.

Like any other home, it needs constant work and the Historical Society is fortunate to have a volunteer corps dedicated to its preservation as a symbol of pride within the City of Newburgh, but also for the enjoyment by current and future visitors. Continue reading

Social Media Does Not Belong at Our History Organizations?

By Matthew Colon

Social media has no place in the office! It’s a distraction! I’ve heard this in some form or another from a variety of museum professionals. Their message was that unless you were hired with the purpose of managing an organization’s online image, then engaging in the internet’s social world may lead to no good. Horror stories that include public shaming and job terminations may have accompanied breakroom conversations. There’s also the claim that social media doesn’t bring people through the doors of our historic houses, sites and museums. Numbers matter. Continue reading

Picture Gallery: A Wine Taste of History

More than a dozen historic sites participated in the 2015 Taste of History, a Columbus Day Weekend “food history” trail organized by the Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations. The main idea, which was to develop an event that incorporated a food experience, was loose and welcomed at the Crawford House. Newburgh was once a thriving nineteenth-century port along the Hudson River and freight forwarders like the original owner of the historic house, Captain David Crawford, found success at building a business and a small fortune. Continue reading