A Rich History

The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, headquartered in the 1830 Captain David Crawford House, is a private not-for-profit organization chartered by the State of New York. Incorporated in 1884, the Society was originally dedicated to the collection and preservation of records and data pertaining to the Hudson River Valley, focusing especially on its Revolutionary War history.

As our space has grown, so too has the collection and mission of the Historical Society. In addition to our extensive archives, the Society now boasts an impressive collection of 19th century furnishings, decorative arts, paintings and portraits. Serving as stewards of our history, the Society is dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the unique history, architecture and culture of Newburgh.

Growing Up In Newburgh Exhibit

Do you have fond memories of growing up in Newburgh? Do you have a couple of photographs that might help us tell that story? The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands is seeking photographs from the public that show familiar scenes of their childhood in Newburgh. We’d like photos showing families at Downing Park in spring, marching in a parade, lined up for the movies, ice skating at the “Polly,” sleigh riding, shopping downtown, taking the ferry, going to Pete’s Hot Dogs, dancing at your first prom, or just playing at something really fun

We want this exhibit to bring back memories and help our community see our city as we first saw it, through children’s eyes and those of their proud parent photographers.

Photos can be mailed, emailed, or arranged to be scanned at the Society’s headquarters, the Captain David Crawford House, by May 1, 2015. For more information about the exhibit or submitting photographs please email them at historicalsocietynb@yahoo.com or call (845) 561-2585.

The “Growing Up In Newburgh” exhibit will open to the public on June 7, 2015.

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2015 Scholarship

The Carla Decker Scholarship has been awarded to deserving students since 2009. The purpose of this award is to encourage an interest in history and related fields by recognizing those, from the Hudson Highlands, who've demonstrated this interest through participation in activities that relate to the local histories of the area.

Carla Decker, a long standing member of the Historical Society, generously donated the award to assist the recipients in the pursuit of their education goals.

Anyone interested in applying should download the application by clicking on the below link.

Application deadline: June 15,2015

Contact Information: Please direct any questions to Warren Cahill, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, at 845-562-5639.

Please forward completed application packet to:
The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands
189 Montgomery Street
Newburgh, NY 12550

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The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands is a member supported organization.

Your membership dollars:

  • Help us maintain Newburgh’s architectural gem, the 1830’s Captain David Crawford House. The Crawford House and the Historical Society bring hundreds of people each year into Newburgh, making it a catalyst for strengthening our community.
  • Help us further our mission to preserve, protect and promote Newburgh's rich heritage by offering programs, tours and events to educate neighbors and visitors alike.
  • Help protect and maintain a treasure trove of historical Newburgh photographs and paper archives that are stored at the Crawford House.

Membership also has its privileges!
As a member in good standing of the Historical Society you are entitled to:

  • Free admission to our Monthly Speaker’s Series
  • Free admission to the Crawford House
  • Members enrolled in the Century Club, Crawford Associate, 1830 Society, and Captain’s Circle levels will be featured in upcoming programming publications.
  • A sense of pride that you are supporting your community.

Membership Levels

  • $50 Family
  • $35 Individual
  • $15 Student
  • $100 Century Club
  • $250 Crawford Associate
  • $500 1830 Society
  • $1,000 Captain’s Circle

Schedule of Events
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