The Newburgh Historical Society invites the public to celebrate 200 years of Newburgh’s favorite son, Andrew Jackson Downing, as it kicks off its 2015 season on Sunday, April 12th, between 1 and 5 pm.
This opening day event will begin with a presentation introducing Downing and how the memorial urban park in his name came to be. Following the talk members offer guided tours of the historic Captain David Crawford House and an opening reception for the Artist’s Choice exhibition featuring the work of fifty local artists.
The featured speaker is Dr. Karen Eberle-McCarthy, a retired Mount Saint Mary College professor and President of the Downing Park Planning Committee. Her presentation titled, “On Downing Park,” highlights the influence of Downing on the park’s original designers, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. She will trace the development of the park from its original design in 1897 through the present and describe the future plans for this City of Newburgh jewel.
Dr. McCarthy’s talk will be followed at 3:00 pm by the opening reception of the Artist’s Choice exhibition, which is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Generous local artists who donated to 2014’s Feast of the Arts fundraising auction have been invited to each show one of their works. This exhibit is available to the public in the Stone Floor Gallery at the Crawford House from April 12th to May 17th. The art is available for purchase.
The Crawford House, located at 189 Montgomery Street within the City of Newburgh’s Historic District, is open for tours on Sundays between 1 pm and 4 pm, or by appointment. Admission is $5.00 per person. For more information about admission, tours, or programming call (845) 561-2585.
The general admission rate of $5 applies to both the featured presentation and historic house tours. Members of the Society, as always, are admitted free of charge.
Photos provided: above, painting of the Capt. David Crawford House by local artist, William Noonan; and below, children feeding the ducks at the Downing Park pound, known locally as the “Polly.”