In November, we happily welcomed Marci Gurton to the board of trustees. A former development director with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh (2008-2011), Ms. Gurton has an intimate understanding of Newburgh, and a passion for its history and residents. She holds a Master’s degree in anthropology from the New School for Social Research and is currently employed as the Grants Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations, with the West Point Association of Graduates at the United States Military Academy. Continue reading
On November 2, 2017, a group of 83 students from the Newburgh Free Academy visited the Crawford House. Led by Ginny McCurdy and other NFA teachers and chaperones, the student explored the 1830 “rich people’s house” up and down. Historical Society board members Warren Cahill and Jim Hoekema explained the history of the house, it’s architectural style, and the many artworks and furnishings inside. This was the final stop in a day of visits to historic sites, but the field trip was only one part of a program to increase students’ awareness of the Hudson Valley and its history. Continue reading
We are happy to report that in October we begun a long overdue painting of the entire exterior of the Crawford House. Building and Grounds committee chair Glenn Marshall is overseeing the work by contractor Prestige Painting. Based on previous colors used on the historic house, the updated scheme will give the house a fresh look. As often happens, preparing for the paint project unearthed a number of areas in the house that required repair.
The History Society’s Dutch “Kassekasten” or simply “Kas” (using the Dutch word for cupboard) dates to the mid-17th century (c. 1650) and was imported to this country by the Elting family of Wiltwick (Kingston). It passed through several ownerships until it was donated to the Crawford House by a director of the Historical Society. Measuring 7 feet by 7 feet on six large ball feet, the Kas is made of rosewood and ebony. (Fortunately for the movers, it comes apart in 3 sections.)
This Fall (2017), our Dutch Kas will be receiving some extra attention.
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Crawford House welcomed a visit from 18 area educators participating in a three-day program called “Teaching the Hudson Valley.” Through a combination of lectures, workshops and field trips like this one, participating teachers and administrators learn new ways to engage their students in the place where they live – in this case, the Hudson Valley. Continue reading
The Historical Society is pleased to welcome Louise Marie Inzerra Fern to the board of directors. As a Certified Public Accountant, she has worked for nearly 20 years as a tax ax preparer, manager, and corporate auditor. In 2000 she established her own independent accounting firm, which concentrates on tax preparation for individuals, corporations, estates and trusts. Born in Cornwall, she was educated in Newburgh schools and holds a B.S. from SUNY New Paltz. In addition to professional memberships and appointments, she a trustee of the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy. She is married with three children and eight grandchildren.
The Historical Society welcomes Tramayne Young-Minor to the board of directors. Born in Kansas, raised in Montgomery, she moved to Newburgh at 19. Attending Mount Saint Mary College and SUNY New Paltz, she bought her first Newburgh house at a city auction. Starting as a mortgage banker, she moved to Chase, where she is now the manager of the branch at 5020 Route 9W. She states “I am passionate about my staff and take great pride in helping them grow and expand their careers.” Her son, 13, attends school locally and is active in the local Hook Elite boxing club.
The Historical Society participated again in the Newburgh Volunteer Fair on April 29, 2017, at the Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Together with other local nonprofit organizations, we informed visitors about the Society, the Crawford House, and our upcoming program of events. Behind the table, the good word was spread by four volunteers, who are also board members: Roy Spells, Lynn Fischer, Jim Hoekema, and our newest trustee Tramayne Young-Minor.
The board of directors of the Historical Society is happy to welcome our newest board member, David Fekishazy. Born in the Roseton area of the town of Newburgh, Mr Fekashazy had an adventurous career in the merchant marines, the naval reserve, and international shipping, which took him all over the world.
Candace Schuster joined the Historical Society as Executive Director on August 15, 2016. An administrator at Vassar and a long-term volunteer at the Town of Lloyd Preservation Society, Candace made significant contributions at the Newburgh Historical Society – improving membership records, organizing collections information, and expanding volunteerism. Citing health issues, she resigned as Executive Director in September 2017.