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 monument.“In the years we traveled with our kids to various cities, the outdoor sculptures became a part of the memory,” Knieser reflected on how he came to appreciate the topic.

There are two dozen examples scattered throughout the City of Newburgh, which have become lasting elements of the city’s landscape offering unique lenses into a local heritage.


TomKnieser_BioPicTom Knieser, a retired math teacher, for years has organized panel discussions, bringing together experts from within our community to explore the history and heritage of Newburgh. Previous topics include adaptive reuse, historic preservation, BIG art and scenic production/fabrication studios. He has also contributed as a photographer and graphic designer on various projects that promote the mission of the Society, including the Society’s annual Candlelight Tour.


  • Elyse B. Goldberg is the Historic Site Manager at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. The grounds of Washington’s Headquarters offer a variety of sculptures and memorials. One imposing monument, the Tower of Victory, is the focus of a current restoration project, an experience that offers a unique perspective on the topic of the discussion.
  • Tom Knieser
  • David McTamaney was born and raised in Newburgh and, after college and Army service as a combat photographer in Vietnam, he returned to Newburgh and began his career as a teacher at Monroe-Woodbury High School where he taught English and Latin and was the long-time Student Government advisor. Dave has always been active in veterans support groups and is one of the founding members of Habitat For Humanity of Greater Newburgh.
  • Mary McTamaney is a fourth generation Newburgher and serves as City Historian. She retired from a 36-year career as a librarian and library administrator. Mary has served on many regional and state boards for library, archives and museum management. She began volunteering at the Newburgh Historical Society for former librarian Helen Gearn in the 1970’s.

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