The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands has announced that a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to college bound high school seniors or college students from the Hudson Highlands region who have shown an interest in the history of the area and have demonstrated this interest through participation in related activities.
In conjunction with their scholarship announcement, the Society has created a reward program for students who achieve excellent marks in the classroom. Their “Rewarding A’s” program exchanges free tours of their headquarters, the 1830 Captain David Crawford House, for a letter grade “A” or an equivalent mark in any course. Tours will be available on Sundays between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
The program benefits eligible students in grades Pre-K through Grade Twelve enrolled within the 2014 – 2015 school year. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while attending the events and tours organized by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. The reward does not extend to the accompanying parent or guardian to whom regular admission rates apply.
The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands was launched unofficially when the Hasbrouck House (Washington’s Headquarters Newburgh) was in danger of demolition after the Revolutionary War. The current Society, incorporated in 1884, advocates for Newburgh’s history. The Society headquarters, the 1830 Captain David Crawford House, was purchased by the Society in 1954 to save it from demolition, symbolizes their dedication to preserving and protecting Newburgh’s assets.
The Crawford House, located at 189 Montgomery Street within the City of Newburgh’s Historic District, is open for tours by appointment during the winter season. Admission is $5.00 per person. For more information about admission, tours, or programming please call (845) 561-2585.