Lynn Fischer Fund for Collection Conservation


In 2018, the Historical Society lost one of its most vibrant trustees with the sudden passing of Lynn Fischer.

Friends have recently established a fund in her honor to be used for collections conservation, something dear to Lynn’s heart after her long career in design and preservation. In her work on the society’s Collections Committee, Lynn had next planned to repair our Carman and Fancher piano made right on lower Broadway in Newburgh in the 1850’s. That project will be the first task taken on in her memory and we hope to host a concert around that piano this year to remember her.

Contributions to the Lynn Fischer Collections Conservation Fund will be deposited in our already established Community Foundation account where they will accumulate to serve special projects such as the piano refurbishing.

lynn fischerSadly we must report the passing of Lynn Fischer, one of our most active and enthusiastic board members. She died unexpectedly after a brief illness while visiting her two sons in Long Island.

Trained in art history, Lynn had a long career in the visual arts and was an expert in interior design and the decorative arts, especially textiles. For many years she worked for the fabric manufacturer Scalamandre, which specialized in recreating historic fabrics and covering.

Lynn was an active board member and volunteer. She helped revitalize the gift shop, spearheaded out involvement in the Taste of History program, and worked to improve the visitor experience at Crawford House. She was also a founding member of Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations, a cooperative of historic institutions in the area. With sympathy to her family, we also mourn the loss of a vibrant member of our community.