The Newburgh Historical Society will welcome members and guests on Sunday, April 3, for an opening day that will include a slide presentation entitled “Monumental Newburgh.”
Starting at 2 pm, a panel led by Society member Tom Knieser will showcase the many sculptures and memorials installed in the city, with a story behind the motivation and creation of each public monument.
There are two dozen examples scattered throughout the City of Newburgh, which have become lasting elements of the city’s landscape offering unique lenses into a local heritage.
One noted 19th century Newburgh sculptor, Henry Kirke Brown, designed monuments for the U.S. Capitol and West Point. His sculpture of George Clinton, Revolutionary War General, first governor of New York and twice Vice-President of the United States, once graced the Newburgh waterfront.
Architect, John H. Duncan, oversaw the construction of the imposing Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters. Duncan would be best known for Grant’s Tomb in Manhattan and the soldiers and sailors Memorial Arch at the entrance to Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Other works memorialize war veterans, volunteer firemen, Martin Luther King and honor those who fell victim to the terrorist attacks on September 11. Some have not survived the test of time like a World War II memorial that once sat at the foot of Broadway and a plaster model that honored Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.
The panelists will expand awareness of these works through their knowledge of history. The speakers include Elyse B. Goldberg, Historic Site Manager at Washington’s Headquarters; Mary McTamaney, City of Newburgh Historian; and David McTamaney, veteran support advocate and a founding member of Habitat For Humanity of Greater Newburgh.
The forum will take place at the Captain David Crawford House, located on 189 Montgomery Street in Newburgh. Admission is $5 per person and free to members of the Society. For more information call (845) 561-2585 or visit their website.
The Crawford House, a historic house museum and Society’s headquarters, located at 189 Montgomery Street within the City of Newburgh’s Historic District is open for tours on Sundays between 1 and 4 pm or by appointment. For more information about admission, tours, or programming call (845) 561-2585.
Photos from above: World War II Memorial and General Anthony Wayne plaster courtesty of the Newburgh Historical Society.