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.

A century of soldiers at war – and those who marched for them

By Mary McTamaney

November is the month when hostilities ended in the “war to end all wars,” World War I. That bloody conflict ended in 1918 with an agreement to stop the fighting on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November and the date was henceforth commemorated as Armistice Day. Today we call it Veterans Day and, tragically, we remember many millions more who went to war after 1918. “The Great War” of 1916-18 didn’t turn men’s hearts and minds away from battle as a way to settle world affairs as it was hoped it would. Ironically, the National Guard that was our main line of civil defense before World War I has become an essential and mobile defense force again as more and more of the violence that threatens America is erupting within our borders, as it did this week in Texas. Continue reading