We need your help to continue preserving and promoting the history of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands.
Since 1883, the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands has collected, researched, and shared the strong history of the greater Newburgh area. This has included lectures by guest historians; guided walking tours of neighborhoods, architecture, and cemeteries; live music and concerts; and themed community events, including 1950’s dances and Croquet at Downing Park. In addition, the Society, headquartered in the 1830 Captain David Crawford House, is normally open for weekly tours to tell the story and provide context for our 19th-century city and the commerce of the Hudson Valley in those times. House tours and public events are when new supporters learn about us and many old supporters renew their memberships.
Now, as Newburgh faces the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Orange County, NY, the Historical Society has had to shut its doors and realizes that most of its revenue-generating events, including the Annual Fireworks Cruise to West Point, cannot be held. Funds raised from our events go directly to sustaining our 190-year-old house museum and our community programming.
We need your help to ensure that the Historical Society, a volunteer-based non-profit, can continue to serve our community in the years to come. Your support now means that we will be able to open our doors of the Crawford House once again and share the special history of Newburgh through community-driven programming.
While our doors remain closed, the Historical Society is working to expand its digital presence, highlighting and sharing parts of its archives and house collections and virtually connecting to the community.