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 went 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.
In the audience were members from the Church, the Historical Society and new supporters. The historians of the City of Newburgh, Mary McTamaney, and the Village of Cornwall, Colette Fulton, were spotted and later joined the speaker, historian Madelaine Piel, for a photograph. They were soon after joined by Karen Mauer Jones, editor for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and her husband, Dr. Thomas W. Jones.
Then there was the great food prepared by the cemetery committee!
The agreement between the two organizations was a simple one. The Historical Society exchanged their resources (library, research and interpretation) for an opportunity to get into St. George’s Cemetery, which is only open by appointment. Like many other historic cemeteries, St. George’s is in need of funding and so its committee took advantage of an opportunity to raise funds.
The committee put together a raffle and the Rev. John Brown speaker agreed to donate her talk to benefit the cemetery. Between both events, they raised awareness and a total of $3,082.50 to assist the committee with preserving a significant piece of Newburgh’s history.