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 … Continue reading Picture Gallery: A Wine Taste of History
I surveyed a total of 100 visitors of Newburgh’s memorial Downing Park for a good reason: while researching a topic to write about or develop into a presentation, I seek insight. Whether that be insight into a time period, an object or person, I look through many sources for commonalities to thread a narrative. It doesn’t hurt to consider the topic’s historiography; regarding how historians have researched or written about a topic. Over time, interests begin to expand, narrow or change altogether. Then there is the audience to consider. What have they chosen to read, listen in on or remember?
The Greater Hudson Heritage Network has announced the Newburgh Historical Society as the recipient of two Awards for Excellence in recognition of the community collaboration and documentation for the exhibit, “Growing Up in Newburgh,” and the partnership with St. George’s Episcopal Church for their 2015 co-sponsored events.
It was hot and humid the day of the annual croquet tournament. Some of the volunteers had arrived to Downing Park at 9:30 that Sunday morning to start setting up the croquet courts. The tournament is a favorite event among the volunteers. Who could blame them considering most of the time is spent outside in … Continue reading Picture Gallery: Newburgh’s Heated Game of Croquet
The Newburgh Historical Society and St. George’s Church have proven through their partnership that not only is the history of Newburgh rich and diverse, but that many will come to experience it. Over 150 members of the public attended two events organized by the historic organizations. Part one of their partnership was the memorable walking tour of St. George’s Cemetery in July. The tour did very well and many showed their support. The second event, which took place on August 2nd, was a talk about the Rev. Dr. John Brown, a man who is credited with reinvigorating St. George’s Church and founding St. George’s Cemetery. He did much more for Newburgh as the 43 who attended learned.
It was questionable whether those who made reservations to join Sunday’s walking tour would stay home due to the heat or choose some place cooler to be. By the date of the event, July 12th, we accumulated exactly 100 reservations. Yes we were impressed, but there were concerns about the weather. Earlier in the week, rain was in the forecast, but soon after, the clouds cleared and high temperatures took their place.
On July 12th, the Newburgh Historical Society and St. George’s Episcopal Church are leading a walking tour of St. George’s Cemetery. It is a collaborative effort that involved many people to plan what will be a wonderful event. Four tour guides will lead members of the public for a half mile walk through one of Newburgh’s beautiful cemeteries. Along the way, the history of Newburgh will be told through the stories of select citizens from the American Revolution through the present.
The third annual Newburgh Illuminated Festival was focused on Broadway and Liberty Streets. It wasn’t spread throughout the city as previous years, but via a trolley ride visitors could experience other parts of the historic city.
On Sunday, June 7th, a new exhibit titled, “Growing Up In Newburgh,” opened at the historic Captain David Crawford House. Seventy visitors, made up of new visitors, donors and members, made this exhibit opening one of the best attended events in recent past.
By Matthew Colon Nostalgia is something that we all experience. These pleasant recollections accompanied by moving emotions may affect us at random times. This was the case for me when I visited a local ninth grade classroom during a creative writing lesson plan this week. Sometimes, the feeling is so perfect I get the sense … Continue reading Growing Up In Newburgh: Past Meets the Present