Annual Meeting

October 20, 2019, Sunday 2-4 p.m.   Admission: $5 suggested donation Members are free Location: Capt. David Crawford House 189 Montgomery Street Newburgh, NY Please see below for directions Another chance to tour the Crawford House and then listen to Russell Lange from the Hudson River Maritime Museum chart the Hudson Valley’s historic climate changes

The Great Chain

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 – 2 p.m. Admission: $5 suggested donation Members are free Location: Newburgh Heritage Center Old Niven Courthouse 123 Grand Street Newburgh, NY Please see below for directions The forests of the Hudson Valley still have ancient secrets to reveal and one of those stories will be shared as the Historical Society … Continue reading The Great Chain

Relive the 1960’s at a throwback Hi-Y Dance

October 5, 2019 Saturday 7 p.m. Admission: $35 per person. >PURCHASE RESERVATIONS – Please bring a printout of your receipt as it will serve as your entry ticket. Location: Gallo Hall (Old Sacred Heart School) 24 South Robinson Ave Nerburgh, NY 12550 Please see below for directions Relive the 1960s at a throwback “Hi-Y” Dance … Continue reading Relive the 1960’s at a throwback Hi-Y Dance

Walking Tour: Woodlawn Cemetery

September 15,2019 2 p.m.   Admission: $5 suggested donation Members are free Location: Woodlawn Cemetery 93 Union Ave New Windsor, NY 12553 Please see below for a map Opened in 1870, this rural cemetery was designed as a resting place for the dead as well as for the living who visited their graves. Come walk … Continue reading Walking Tour: Woodlawn Cemetery

2019 Fireworks Cruise

July 7, 2019 7:30-10:30 PM. Pride Of The Hudson 90 Front St Newburgh, NY On Sunday, July 7th, the Newburgh Historical Society took its guests down through the beautiful Hudson Highlands aboard the Pride of the Hudson to enjoy the annual West Point fireworks show. (The cruise was moved from Saturday to Sunday after West … Continue reading 2019 Fireworks Cruise

Urban Archive Newburgh

June 15, Saturday 2 p.m.   Admission: $5 suggested donation members are free Location: Newburgh Heritage Center 123 Grand Street Newburgh, NY Please see below for directions Bring your cell phone and learn about a new app that will let you see images of old Newburgh based on their locations in our present day streets. … Continue reading Urban Archive Newburgh

From Our Archives: Newburgh Then

June 2, 2019 2 PM Location: Newburgh Heritage Center 123 Grand Street Newburgh, NY Marvel at the detail of Newburgh’s architecture as captured in the 1960’s by award-winning photographer Tom Daley whose images are now in our collection. Directions Use this address for the GPS: 123 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550 From the NY State … Continue reading From Our Archives: Newburgh Then

Open House with the Newburgh Chorale

December 16, 2018, 12-5 PM See beautiful 19th century style fresh flowers, fruit and greens throughout Crawford House. One highlight of the Candlelight Tour is Crawford House itself, decorated “to the nines” for the holidays. We opened up again the next weekend, on Sunday, December 16, 12-5 pm, so that visitors could take another look … Continue reading Open House with the Newburgh Chorale

WWI Armistice Film Festival

November 9-12, 2018 See below for showtimes   Admission: Free Limited seating *Seating is on a first-come first-served basis Location: Downing Film Center 19 Front Street Newburgh, NY 12550 Please see below for directions Don’t miss this weekend WWI Armistice Centennial Film Festival Veterans Day Weekend, Downing Film Center, to Honor the more than 4 … Continue reading WWI Armistice Film Festival

2018 Annual Meeting

October 21, 2018 2:00 PM. The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and Highlands will take place at the Newburgh Heritage Center, 123 Grand Street, on October 21. In a brief business meeting, members and visitors will receive an update on the past year’s activities and how the organization met its mission. … Continue reading 2018 Annual Meeting

Tunneling Around Us

October 24, 2018, 7-8:30pm – New York City’s vast water supply system passes under Newburgh and is having a massive overhaul. Learn about the operation ofthe nation’s largest water supply system from its construction in the early 20th century to the current Delaware Aqueduct By-Pass being drilled under the Hudson from Newburgh to Wappnger. Adam Bosch, Director of Public Affairs for the D.E.P. will present this illustrated talk in the Great Room of SUNY’s Kaplan Hall. Free indoor parking accessible from First St.across from Ebenezer Church.

Explore the Nicoll Farm

September 1, 2018, 1:00 or 2:30 pm.   Tour Times 1:00 pm 2:30 pm Admission: $10 per person Members: FREE Reservation required Location: Address and directions will be sent to reserved participants. Nicoll’s Farm is located off US-9W in the Town of New Windsor. Tour the restored house, barns and grounds of a family who … Continue reading Explore the Nicoll Farm

Afternoon at Newburgh Brewing

August 19, 2018 1-4 PM.   Admission: Free Beer & food at normal prices. Raffle tickets for the prizes at $5 each or 3 for $10. Location: 88 S. Colden St. Newburgh, NY 12550 Please see below for directions “Beer, Band & Bounty.” Join us at the Newburgh Brewing Company for an afternoon fundraiser. Drink … Continue reading Afternoon at Newburgh Brewing

Walking Tour of Algonquin Park

June 16, 2018 2-4 PM Join members of the Historical Society, Town of Newburgh Historian Joe Santacroce, and Preserve Algonquin Park as we walk through the Algonquin Park, once an active black powder mill complex, now a 40-plus acre recreational park. The park was a gift of Frederick Delano to the City of Newburgh. When … Continue reading Walking Tour of Algonquin Park

Newburgh in the World War, Part II

June 3, 2018 2pm   Admission: Free Location: Newburgh Heritage Center 123 Grand Street Newburgh, NY Please see below for directions City Historian Mary McTamaney will discuss background history on the new Crawford House exhibit that highlights the amazing support projects undertaken by Newburghers on the World War I home front. The War On The … Continue reading Newburgh in the World War, Part II

Newburgh Illuminated Festival 2018

June 2, 2018. Celebrate Newburgh during the sixth annual city-wide event, Newburgh Illuminated. The Newburgh Historical Society opens the Crawford House for a special day of guided tours. Explore the new exhibit about the role Newburgh Played during World War I. For more information please call (845) 561-2585. Scroll below for more directions↓.     … Continue reading Newburgh Illuminated Festival 2018

Newburgh in the World War, Part I

May 31, 2018 2pm   Admission: Free Location: Kaplan Hall OBTC Great Room 101 90 Grand Street Newburgh, NY Please see below for directions Military scholar, Colonel Frank Licameli, will illustrate the heroic service of some of our local soldiers a century ago. Co-Hosted by SUNY Orange at Newburgh’s Kaplan Hall, corner of Grand and … Continue reading Newburgh in the World War, Part I

Concert: Music for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2018 2-4 PM Long before the information age brought entertainment on demand, people found their amusement at neighbors’ homes. Guests took part in dramatic readings of prose and poetry, and sang together accompanied by small parlor instruments. The Newburgh Historical Society is recreating this scene by hosting a parlor event at the Crawford … Continue reading Concert: Music for Mother’s Day

Opening Day 2018

April 8, 2018, 2 PM. For Opening Day this year, we will have special volunteers talking about David and Fanny Crawford, and members of the Historical Society board will be stationed throughout the house ready to meet and greet visitors as well as talk about the details of the historical rooms.Refreshments will be served.   … Continue reading Opening Day 2018

Russell Lange

Roofs, Stacks & Spires

On May 17, 2017, two local enthusiasts shared thoughts and images about looking skyward in Newburgh. Tom Kneiser showed the variety of roof styles in the city, teasing us with detail views before showing the full views and identifying the buildings. Then former president Russell Lange walked us through a survey of industrial smokestacks past … Continue reading Roofs, Stacks & Spires

2016 Annual Meeting

October 16, 2016, 2 PM. The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and Highlands will took place at the 1830 Captain David Crawford House on October 16. Members and visitors received an update on the past year’s activities and how the organization met its mission. After the business meeting, attendees heard an … Continue reading 2016 Annual Meeting

High Tea at the Desmond Estate

October 9, 2016 2 PM Join us for tea and chocolate to a benefit the Captain David Crawford House, as we participate in the Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations’ “Taste of History,”. There will be featured talks on fashion and confections, and music for your enjoyment. For more information please call (845) 561-2585. Scroll below for directions … Continue reading High Tea at the Desmond Estate

Croquet Games at Downing Park

September 18, 2016, 1-4 pm. Turnout was smaller for the 2016 Croquet Tournament compared to last year (above), due to weather reports that couldn’t decide whether it would rain or not. As it happened, there was no rain, and the not-that-fierce competition was enjoyed by the dedicated athletes and fancy dress fans, who had at … Continue reading Croquet Games at Downing Park

Newburgh Brewery

2016 Brewery Fundraiser

Sunday, August 28, 1-4 pm. Join us at the Newburgh Brewing Company for”Beer, Band & Bounty” an afternoon fundraiser for the Historical Society. Drink beer, wine, or soda (or not) and have some great food for a good cause! You’ll be served by the Brewery’s cheerful and experienced staff. All tips will go to the Historical Society! Music … Continue reading 2016 Brewery Fundraiser

Talk: Newburgh Shipyards

August 21, 2016, 2pm. In the spring of 1917, Thomas C. Desmond announced he would build a new shipyard on the Hudson near Newburgh. The public met his announcement with skepticism. Shipbuilding was thought to be a dead industry in the area. Not quite! Glenn T. Marshall, Town of New Windsor Historian, looks at the … Continue reading Talk: Newburgh Shipyards

Newburgh Illuminated 2016

June 18, 2016. Celebrate Newburgh during the fourth annual city-wide event, Newburgh Illuminated. The Newburgh Historical Society opens the Crawford House for a special day of guided tours. Explore the new exhibit about the history of the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry. This collaborative exhibit with the Beacon Historical Society showcases the heritage of river crossing before motorists … Continue reading Newburgh Illuminated 2016

Talk: Trolleys of Orange County

July 17, 2016 2pm. Ray Kelly of the O&W Railway Historical Society will talk about the trolley systems of Orange County, a means of transportation that bridged the gap between the horse and machines powered by internal combustion engines. In this presentation, the audience will take a virtual ride on the trolley between Newburgh and … Continue reading Talk: Trolleys of Orange County

Antiques on the Lawn

May 14, 2016 9am-4pm. The Newburgh Historical Society took part in Newburgh’s Annual Historic District Yard Sale. Many items from the Society’s Gift Shop were discounted. Journey down Grand and Montgomery Streets and visit other homeowners participating in this sale. You may find clothes, furniture, china, electronics, tools, antiques, household goods, books, plants, and more. … Continue reading Antiques on the Lawn

Monumental Newburgh

April 3, 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. There is a story behind the motivation and creation of each public … Continue reading Monumental Newburgh

A Freight Forwarder’s Taste of History

October 11, 2015 1 PM – 4 PM During the early years of the nineteenth century, the Hudson Valley was the “breadbasket of the United States,” which was one historian’s way of describing the rise of commercial agriculture. A high demand for American foodstuffs by Europe led thousands of farmers to migrate to New York, … Continue reading A Freight Forwarder’s Taste of History

Growing Up In Newburgh Panel Discussion

September 20, 2015 2 PM The contributors to the Growing Up In Newburgh exhibit and other community members will be a part of the Newburgh Memories Panel. The public is invited to listen in on the discussion of their experiences. The topic of growing up in Newburgh has drawn much attention this summer since the … Continue reading Growing Up In Newburgh Panel Discussion

A Man for Our Time: The Rev. Dr. John Brown, D.D.

August 2, 2015 3 PM Join members of the Newburgh Historical Society and St. George’s Episcopal Church for a featured history talk about the Rev. Dr. John Brown by Madelaine Piel, historian, genealogist and descendant of the Rev. John Brown. Make a reservation below↓ Not only was the Rev. Brown the rector of a reinvigorated … Continue reading A Man for Our Time: The Rev. Dr. John Brown, D.D.

Walking Tour of St. George’s Cemetery

July 12, 2015 (rain date, July 26th) 2 PM Join members of the Historical Society and St. George’s Episcopal Church as we walk through the historic St. George’s Cemetery, pointing out notable figures of Newburgh’s past. Discover how these former citizens contributed to a vibrant Newburgh. Refreshments will be provided by the St. George’s Cemetery … Continue reading Walking Tour of St. George’s Cemetery

Big Art in the Hudson Valley: Past and Present

May 2, 2015 9 AM – 4 PM Throughout history and into the present, the beauty of the rolling mountains of the Hudson River Valley have both inspired artists and cradled creativity. The very mentioning of this important waterway and art brings to mind a historic movement of landscape artists that painted romanticized views of … Continue reading Big Art in the Hudson Valley: Past and Present

Fireworks Cruise 2018

Fireworks Cruise 2018

July 7, 2018 7:30-10:30 PM. More than 80 friends of the Historical Society enjoyed a special evening aboard the Pride of the Hudson as it traveled to West Point to see their massive concert fireworks show over Trophy Point. . Along the journey, historians shared stories of the role played by the Hudson River during … Continue reading Fireworks Cruise 2018