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Candlelight Tour
Making it Work
Tickets Now On Sale

Growing Up in Newburgh
An Intimate Look

Support the Society
Become a Member!
Program Highlights
2015 Season

Treasurer's Notes
Up, Up and Away!

Fund History While You Shop!
N. F. A. Yearbooks For Sale

Candlelight Tour: Making it Work

Visitors to Newburgh's historic district are awed by its architecture and its views of the Hudson River. It’s not only Grand, Liberty and Montgomery streets that impress, but also the historic neighborhoods of the Heights, Quality Row, Colonial Terraces and others. There are historic sites like Washington’s Headquarters, the Dutch Reform Church and, of course, the Captain David Crawford House. Beautiful architecture extends into the surrounding towns of Newburgh and New Windsor.

The goal of the Historical Society’s annual Candlelight Tour is to get visitors through the doors of local houses to see their inner beauty. Generous homeowners put up decorations showcasing their homes’ historic significance or their modern take on holiday expression.

The process begins in mid-summer when committee members begin to contact homeowners welcoming them to put their homes on the tour. There is no question that doing so requires preparations and decorating, but the rewards are worth it.

As autumn approaches, the committee meets to assess the progress, evaluate the homes and lay out the tour. The houses are photographed for sketching and their histories written for the tour booklet and map. To offset the cost of these materials, we solicit advertisements from local businesses.

This whole process involves several members as well as the director. This year the tour committee is working with the decorating committee to maintain the natural beauty and quality of the Crawford House’s decorations.

As it has for more than thirty years, the Candlelight Tour introduces visitors to the outstanding architecture and decor of Newburgh’s most cherished treasures.

Image Top: Formal dining room of the Crawford House decorated for the Candlelight Tour. Photo by Tom Knieser.

Image Left: Members of the Candlelight Tour Committee include a variety of interested supporters providing invaluable skills, which have maintained this successful event for over thirty years.

2015 Candlelight Tour


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Tour Takes Place on
Sunday, December 13th
12 PM - 5 PM

A tour of private & public spaces rarely open.

The Candlelight Tour features a dozen decorated homes including a diverse assortment of public and private spaces – mansions, structures in the rehabilitation process, new construction, architectural gems, and some of Newburgh’s most important landmarks. For years, community members within the second largest historic district in New York State have generously decorated and opened their homes to visitors in support of local history. The 1830 Captain David Crawford House, located at 189 Montgomery St., Newburgh is the starting place for the Tour.

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Growing Up in Newburgh: An Intimate Look

The award winning exhibit, “Growing Up in Newburgh,” the brainchild of Historical Society member Russ Lange, has been fascinating visitors to the Crawford House all summer long as they admired the delightfully hung photos of Newburgh from days gone by. The award, presented by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, was in recognition of the community collaboration displayed by the exhibit.

Mr. Lange asked the community to send in pictures and memories of their experiences as youngsters in Newburgh. The result was the submission of over 120 photos, which were then organized into categories—parades, ponies and trikes, Brownies, First Communion, etc.—and dynamically hung from the ceiling of the “Stone Floor Gallery” at the Crawford House.

In addition to the photos, members of the community visiting the exhibit were asked to post their memories. Old time Newburghers remember the tulips in Downing Park or ice skating at the Polly, “the fabulous parades going down Broadway” or making a “whip” the Delano-Hitch ice rink. A high schooler from the ’60’s wrote, “After school I would meet my boyfriend in Downing Park. I had my first kiss on the hill in the park.”

A group of current NFA students from Ms. McCurdy’s class visited the exhibit writing their memories of Fourth of July fireworks, the River Rose, doing homework at the Two Alices, and running across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. One student’s plaintive note said, “Things have changed. A lot is abandoned.”

The community let the Society into their photo albums, toy rooms and hearts. In exchange, the Society gave them a voice; a way to visualize their Newburgh experiences both past and present. Here is where the Society met its goal.

Image Top: More than 60 students contributed to the interactive “Add your story” wall, quickly filling it up.

Image Left: Students from the local Newburgh Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club browsing through the new exhibit.

The exhibit is on display through December 2015.

Fund History While You Shop

While shopping for friends and family during the holiday season or any other time, please consider the options below and make a contribution towards the Society’s efforts. Click on any item to find out more information about how your purchases can benefit your favorite historical society or consider purchasing an past Newburgh Free Academy yearbook for your favorite alumni, family member or friend. Read more→
AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase directly to the Society! You must use the AmazonSmile portal when you shop for the donation to be in effect. Click the on the image to the left to access portal.
A limited amount of surplus non-accessioned Newburgh Free Academy yearbooks are available for purchase. They are perfect gifts during the holiday season. Bring the good feeling of nostalgia to a family member or friend. All proceeds benefit the Society’s library and archives. Click on the image to the left to view yearbooks in stock.

Treasurer's Notes

A greater focus has been given to the financial status of the Society. Not only is this important for the future of our organization, but it brings to the foreground possible weaknesses and threats, which can be turn into strengths and opportunities. The Society has already found benefit from this closer attention.

Please contact the Society to request a detailed report.

Income Increase Since 2013

Admission: 181%

Gift Shop: 167%

Membership: 114%

Library Donations: 40%

2015 Highlights

The past season has been successful in terms of programs with many interesting ones from our first one on the history of Downing Park held in April (1), to our most recent one on grapes grown in the Hudson Valley (2). A guided tour of St. George’s Cemetery in July (3) was well attended with over one hundred people. A program on growing up in Newburgh with a panel of local people speaking was a good addition to the “Growing Up in Newburgh” photo exhibit which opened in June with great interest from local citizens. The exhibit, curated and produced by Russell Lange, won an award from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network at their October annual conference.

The Society offered a wonderful variety of events for the public this year, sometimes holding two events a month. The programs provided the community with interesting and thoughtful conversations together.

The Society was also pleased to announce the winner of this year’s scholarship, Douglas Indzonka of New Windsor. His interest in history has led him to many projects, archeology being an area of interest this past summer. There was a presentation of a check for $1,000 by Carla Decker, the scholarship benefactor, to Douglas at the Crawford House in June (4).

Become a Member!

Please consider becoming a member and supporting the Newburgh Historical Society.
Members Matter! The Newburgh Historical Society is a member supported organization.

Membership benefits are varied and help the Museum continue to fulfill its mission of education, historic preservation and community outreach. Read more→
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5 Good Reasons You Should Join the Society:
  1. Your contribution builds community pride among all who visit our headquarters and attend our events.
  2. You help us maintain Newburgh’s architectural gem, the 1830s Crawford House. We do not receive any ongoing support from local, state or federal governments.
  3. You benefit from our wonderful programs and events such as our walking tours and talks.
  4. Your donations help us to meet our mission to preserve and protect our house collections and library archives.
  5. Your contribution allows us to maintain our access points to our community (newsletter, online access, etc.).
This issue's contributors:

J. Warren Cahill
Board Member

Matthew Colon
Executive Director

Tom Knieser

Allynne Hopper Lange

Mary McTamaney
City of Newburgh Historian

Roy R. Spells

Editor: Mary McTamaney
History Feature
(available to members only):

Brandon Doerrer
Guest Contributor

Mary McTamaney
City of Newburgh Historian
Board of Managers
Allynne Hopper Lange,
Jim Hoekema,
    Vice President
Roy R. Spells,
Mary McTamaney,
Alan Axelrod
J. Warren Cahill
Lynn Fischer Eberle
Gayle Clark Fedigan
Brigidanne Flynn
Glenn T. Marshall
Richard E. Rosencrans

Executive Director: 
Matthew Colon
About Society: The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands was incorporated in 1884. Serving as stewards of our history, the Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting historical documents, artifacts and personal mementos of the Newburgh area. The story of our unique local history is told through these Society collections.

Society Mission: The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands preserves the history of the Greater Newburgh area be promoting and appreciation of the region's unique attributes and protecting its architectural, cultural and historic resources.

Library Volunteers: 
Camille Corallo, Mary Durbin, Patricia Favata, James Halpin, Cathy Nugent.
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