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Matthew Colon

Matthew Colon enjoyed nearly a decade in public history working and volunteering for organizations including Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site and the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands.

CIA Operations Officer discusses the American Revolution

View of the Hudson from Plum Point in New Windsor, once location of Thomas Machin’s Battery of Twelve Guns to support river defense obstructions. Photo by Brian Wolfe.

According to George Washington during wartime, “there is nothing more necessary than good intelligence to frustrate a designing enemy.” This quote is widely referenced among historians discussing U.S. intelligence activities, including Kenneth A. Daigler in his book, “Spies, Patriots and Traitors.” During a special presentation on September 27 at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Friends [...]

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Harvard’s Hutchins Center historian and Newburgh native puts a ‘premium on empathy’

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  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.” Beside the fact that the exhibit would not have been possible without community members contributing dozens of images, there were [...]

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Forum on the history behind Newburgh’s Monuments

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Newburgh is a monumental city. The Newburgh Historical Society welcomes members and guests on Sunday, April 3 for an opening day that will include a slide presentation entitled “Monumental Newburgh.” Starting at 2 p.m., a panel led by Society member Tom Knieser will showcase the many beautiful sculptures and memorials installed in the city. There [...]

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The price of beauty: birds, feathers, eradication and conservation (Part 2)

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<–The price of beauty (Part 1)   In Newburgh, when the lens cap was removed from Remillard’s studio camera to reveal a confident young woman as confirmed by her soft eyes and warm smirk, Minnie Remillard’s feather hat provided an elegance, dignity and individuality that she was comfortable with. Remillard’s camera lens likely saw many [...]

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The price of beauty: birds, feathers, eradication and conservation (Part 1)

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The price of beauty commonly refers to an individual’s cost of attractiveness. It frequently becomes the punch line as we force ourselves to accept discomfort. The “price” can also refer to the large amount of money one spends on maintaining attractiveness, how health may be affected by certain beauty practices or, more broadly, society’s role [...]

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Holiday Tour of Private and Public Spaces Rarely Open

Decorated front parlor of the Crawford House.

Visitors to Newburgh’s Historic District are awed by its architecture and its views of the Hudson River. For over thirty years, supporters from all over have joined the Newburgh Historical Society in celebrating a treasured architectural history during the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. The self-guided tour will take place this year on Sunday, December [...]

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Social Media Does Not Belong at Our History Organizations?

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Social media has no place in the office! It’s a distraction! I’ve heard this in some form or another from a variety of museum professionals. Their message was that unless you were hired with the purpose of managing an organization’s online image, then engaging in the internet’s social world may lead to no good. Horror [...]

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Historical Society Director Quizzes the Public Strolling Through Downing Park

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I surveyed a total of 100 visitors to Newburgh’s memorial Downing Park for a good reason: while researching a topic to write about or develop into a presentation, I seek insight. Whether that be insight into a time period, an object or person, I look through many sources for commonalities to thread into a narrative. [...]

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Talk to Wrap Up Season Inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing

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NEWBURGH, NY – The month of October marks the 200th year since the birth of Andrew Jackson Downing, whose writings and life’s work has had a great impact on the landscape of the Hudson Valley. The Newburgh Historical Society is wrapping up a season motivated by the accomplishments of this Newburgh native during their annual [...]

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Author Speaks on Newburgh’s Role in Grapes of the Hudson Valley

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NEWBURGH, NY – 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, taking advantage of the fertile [...]

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    AJ Schenkman

    A.J. Schenkman is the author of numerous books and articles. He is Consulting Historian for Historic Huguenot Street and Town of Gardiner Historian. Read Full

    Elizabeth Werlau

    Elizabeth Werlau is an English teacher in the Hudson Valley and is the historian for the Town of Plattekill in Ulster County. She has authored and contributed to several books on regional history, including her most recent publication, Murder and ... Read Full

    Debra Conway

    A former Features writer/Columnist for the Times Herald-Record and Director of Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg, Debra Conway is currently the Executive Director of The Delaware Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ... Read Full

    Matthew Colon

    Matthew Colon enjoyed nearly a decade in public history working and volunteering for organizations including Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site and the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. Read Full

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    Shannon Butler is a Park Ranger of Interpretation and Education at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park New York. She has also interpreted the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston New York. Read Full
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