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
by Joe Santacroce
Society member Joe Santacroce enjoys producing and sharing films about Newburgh’s rich history. In May 2016 Joe sent us a 5-minute preview of his latest project. “The Mansion on the Hill,” describes the history and heritage of Newburgh’s significant Hasbrouck house, better known as Washington’s Headquarters. Continue reading
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
By 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
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.”
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
On April 3rd, 2016, the Newburgh Historical Society welcomed members and guests for a slide presentation and panel discussion entitled “Monumental Newburgh.” Led by Society member Tom Knieser, the slideshow and panel presentations showcased the many public sculptures and memorials installed in the city. Continue reading
By Tom Knieser
Monuments, sculptures and public art appear in many towns and villages both large and small. They pay tribute to heroes of war, first responders and historic figures. In some cases they are simply works of art for public enjoyment. Continue reading
by Joe Santacroce
To celebrate the City of Newburgh’s 150th anniversary in 2015, City Historian Mary McTamaney and Society member Joe Santacroce collaborated on an exhibit at the Newburgh Heritage Center (Old Newburgh Courthouse). The exhibit featured “Newburgh Now and Then.” Photos comparing Newburgh today against photos from years gone by — a suggestion by Mary McTamaney that exemplifies both the status and growth of the city today and the beauty of yesterday. Joe has put some of the images together into a wonderful video.
Thank you, both!