The Historical Society offers the region a variety of programs designed to highlight and celebrate our area’s rich history. Scroll below for a selection of events for the 2015 season.


Opening Day!

April 12, 2015 1 PM – 5 PM The Newburgh Historical Society invites the public to celebrate 200 years of Newburgh’s favorite son, Andrew Jackson Downing, as it kicks off its 2015 season on Sunday, April 12th, between the hours of 1 P.M. and 5 P.M. This opening day event will begin with a presentation […]


Antiques on the Lawn

May 2, 2015 9 AM – 4 PM The Newburgh Historical Society at 189 Montgomery Street is taking part in Newburgh’s Annual Historic District Yard Sale on May 2nd (rain date, May 3). Many items from the Society’s Gift Shop will be deeply discounted. Between 9 A.M. and 4 P.M. journey down Grand and Montgomery […]


Big Art in the Hudson Valley: Past and Present

May 2, 2015 9 AM – 4 PM Throughout history and into the present, the beauty of the rolling mountains of the Hudson River Valley have both inspired artists and cradled creativity. The very mentioning of this important waterway and art brings to mind a historic movement of landscape artists that painted romanticized views of […]

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Growing Up In Newburgh Exhibit Opening and Reception

June 7, 2015 1 PM – 4 PM The Newburgh Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of the new exhibit, “Growing Up In Newburgh.” All are invited to share in the nostalgia. Memories, in the form of images, have been brought together with the goal of helping the community see the city as […]


Newburgh Illuminated at the Crawford House

June 20, 2015 1 PM – 4 PM The theme of the third annual city-wide event is “Celebrating Newburgh”. The Newburgh Historical Society opens the Crawford House for a special day of guided tours. Explore the new exhibit, “Growing Up In Newburgh.” This community exhibit tells our story featuring a variety of photographs showing families […]


Walking Tour of St. George’s Cemetery

July 12, 2015 (rain date, July 26th) 2 PM Join members of the Historical Society and St. George’s Episcopal Church as we walk through the historic St. George’s Cemetery, pointing out notable figures of Newburgh’s past. Discover how these former citizens contributed to a vibrant Newburgh. Refreshments will be provided by the St. George’s Cemetery […]

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A Man for Our Time: The Rev. Dr. John Brown, D.D.

August 2, 2015 3 PM Join members of the Newburgh Historical Society and St. George’s Episcopal Church for a featured history talk about the Rev. Dr. John Brown by Madelaine Piel, historian, genealogist and descendant of the Rev. John Brown. Make a reservation below↓ Not only was the Rev. Brown the rector of a reinvigorated […]


Croquet Tournament at Downing Park

August 16, 2015 1 PM – 4 PM Come and enjoy the game of croquet as we challenge neighboring communities to show their local pride. All ages are welcome and the winning team will be added to the tournament trophy. Event is co-sponsored by the Downing Park Planning Committee, Newburgh Historical Society and the Newburgh […]

Alan Axelrod, Mark Gamma, and Christine McCarthy addressing the students during a creative writing lesson plan about growing up in Newburgh.

Growing Up In Newburgh Panel Discussion

September 20, 2015 2 PM The contributors to the Growing Up In Newburgh exhibit and other community members will be a part of the Newburgh Memories Panel. The public is invited to listen in on the discussion of their experiences. The topic of growing up in Newburgh has drawn much attention this summer since the […]


A Freight Forwarder’s Taste of History

October 11, 2015 1 PM – 4 PM During the early years of the nineteenth century, the Hudson Valley was the “breadbasket of the United States,” which was one historian’s way of describing the rise of commercial agriculture. A high demand for American foodstuffs by Europe led thousands of farmers to migrate to New York, […]

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Annual Meeting

October 18, 2015 1 PM – 4 PM The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and Highlands will take place at their headquarters, the 1830 Captain David Crawford House. Members of the Board of Managers will come together to review another successful year and welcome new members to the Board. Visitors will […]


Candlelight Tour of Homes

December 13, 2015 12 PM – 5 PM The Newburgh Historical Society’s annual Candlelight Tour features a dozen decorated homes including a diverse assortment of public and private spaces – mansions, structures in the rehabilitation process, new construction, architectural gems, and some of Newburgh’s most important landmarks. For years, community members within the second largest […]