Candace Schuster, Executive Director

Executive Director Candace SchusterThe Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands is pleased to announce the appointment of Candace Schuster as its new Executive Director. Effective August 15, 2016, Ms. Schuster will oversee the administrative functions of the organization, which is headquartered at the Crawford House, 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh NY 12550. She will be available in person at the Crawford House on Mondays and Fridays, 2-5 pm, and on Sunday afternoons 1-4 pm during the house’s open season (through October). Continue reading

Materials donated by Darwin Davidson

Davidson Donation

On July 19, 2016, the Historical Society gratefully accepted a donation of Newburgh-related materials from Darwin Davidson. Raised in the Newburgh area but now living in Deer Isle, Maine, Mr Davidson is descended from the Davidson family who owned and operated the Davidson Brickworks along the river in New Windsor the 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue reading

Spring Outreach Activities

The Historical Society’s mission is to protect and promote Newburgh’s history. Mostly this means opening the Crawford house to visitors from April to October, plus a series of lectures, exhibits, and other programs. But in April and May of 2016, several board members and volunteers took the mission on the road. Here are a few instances of how this played out: Continue reading

Historian Puts a ‘Premium on Empathy’

[ Matthew Colon ] During a recent visit to the Captain David Crawford House, headquarters of the Newburgh Historical Society, Dr. Kevin M. Burke became another of many natives to admire the award-winning exhibit, “Growing Up in Newburgh.” Unlike most visitors whom may have been motivated by nostalgia, Dr. Burke as a professional historian is equally interested in how the historical record becomes the starting point for a conversation. Continue reading

History Talk on Renaissance Man Albert J. Myer

Albert Myer was an inventor, a reinventor, a medical doctor, and a US Army general during the Civil War. He was the sole survivor of six children; so, it may seem that destiny played a part in his productive life. The Historical Society, together with Orange County Community College, arranged for historian Bob Gilbert to bring his presentation about the ingenious Newburgh-born General Myer to SUNY Newburgh’s Kaplan Hall on April 11, 2016. The lecture was entitled “Renaissance Man: General Albert Myer, Founder of the International Weather Service and the U.S. Signal Corps.”
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‘Please don’t call it a War Memorial’

On April 3, opening day for the Historical Society’s 2016 season, a number of local experts and community volunteers gathered to present a program on “Monumental Newburgh” about the monuments and public sculptures in the city of Newburgh. Photographer Tom Kneiser led with a slide show of photos showing the variety of such monuments. Other speakers then expanded on the topic with additional presentations.

Speaking of the Orange County Veterans Memorial at the corner of Liberty Street and Leroy Place, David McTamaney, a veteran support advocate and once a combat photographer in Vietnam, declared, “It is not a memorial to war. It’s a memorial to those who’ve died at war!” Continue reading

Examining Newburgh’s Loyalist Community

By Kieran O’Keefe

When Newburgh is discussed in the context of the American Revolutionary War, it usually concerns its role as General George Washington’s military headquarters or the threatened uprising of Continental Army Officers in 1783, known as the Newburgh Conspiracy. However, Newburgh also had a sizeable Loyalist community, which is the focus of my master’s thesis. The thesis examines the community’s origin, analyzes its composition, explores its wartime experiences, and considers the Loyalists’ post-war exile in Canada. Continue reading