News and Event Updates from the Office of the Orange County Historian

Photo Exhibit to Highlight Newburgh's
Multi-Generational Businesses  
Collaboration between Safe Harbors and The Digital Photo Academy
August 27th through November
As they say, "a picture can tell a thousand words," so the 75 prints that will be on display in the Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz come August 27 to November will speak volumes.  Families from Italy, Greece, Scotland, for example, came to find a new life, and created businesses that have been passed down through the years, and which are still family-run.

Richard Rabinowitz, founder of The Digital Photo Academy, spoke about the rich history of the businesses in Newburgh that have been passed down through the generations. He tells the story of his conversation with the great granddaughter, Amy Stillwaggon, a descendent of David Acker Stillwaggon, the German immigrant who owned a prosperous business in Manhattan across from City Hall.  The business produced metal tins to hold chocolates, but when sugar and chocolates were rationed due to WWI, his business floundered.  He discovered Newburgh, a prosperous community during those times, and the family tells the story of how, in 1917, her father had his business machines moved via multiple trips on the ferry from New York City to Newburgh where he opened Stillwaggon's Printery on Route 300, producing items like Shortline Bus tickets, business stationery, and invoices. The family-owned and operated business continues to this day fulfilling printing needs from farmers, school districts and municipalities. 

The exhibit called, "Through The Eyes of the Cornerstone," is a collaboration of professional photographers Jim Megargee (long time printer for famed commercial photographer Annie Liebovitz), and Jill Enfield, a fine art photographer who will have a photography show on Ellis Island in May of 2017.  And the photos on display are the work of local Cornerstone residents, Tony Moorer, Pedro Bonilla and Kathy Roche.

Among the 15 businesses featured, include The Golden Rail Ale House, George's Market, McKeel's Music Shop, Torino's Bakery, Tony's Newburgh Lunch, Umberto's, Barber Shop, Doulin Funeral Home, and North Plank Road Historic Tavern.  "Newburgh is rich with small businesses that have served the community for many generations, some of them family-owned for over 100 years," says Lisa Silverstone, executive director of Safe Harbors, "Recognition for each of them is well deserved."  

The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception on Saturday, August 27th at 6:30pm with raffles, door prizes and food donated by a few of the local restaurants featured in the exhibit, and live music from McKeel's Music Shop. 

The Cornerstone Residence, located on Broadway, was originally the historic Hotel Newburgh. In 2004, with state, federal and county support, Safe Harbors transformed the hotel into a safe, supportive and well-designed permanent housing for 128 of our neighbors, including those living with mental health diagnoses and physical disabilities, veterans, the formerly homeless, artists in need of affordable live-work space and low and very low income working adults.
Shapiro's Furniture Barn has been a Newburgh business for more than 100 years. Originally started as a horse auction mart before cars were invented, the shop began carrying used furniture in 1938.
Sam and Sarah Shapiro started the business and the family of 4 sons later partnered to run it. In the photo are 2 of the brothers: Donny is standing and Larry is sitting back in the day when name brands of the time, like Philco and GE, were sold in the store.
Community Updates
CRM Archaeologists Spotted at the David Haight Ruins
Archaeologist Bill Sandy at work uncovering the remaining foundation remnants of the David Haight greenhouse, a structure that stood until the 1930's.
Archaeologist Jim Turner, Principal Investigator at Strata Cultural Resource Management, shows us an image of the greenhouse and where it lined up on the foundation ruins. 
Archaeologist clears site for library

GOSHEN - An archaeologist's report on excavations at the site where the Goshen public library wants to build its new building found no significant historical artifacts, and that means the project can go forward, the library director said  Thursday.

Matt Gomm, director of the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society, said the archaeologist, James Turner of Warwick, submitted his report to the state Office of Historic PreservationWednesday. That puts the library on track for a groundbreaking this spring.

The site where the library wants to build its new, $9.3 million building is on the old Salesian school property, off Main Street in the Village of Goshen, about a half-mile east of the library's existing location. Since the site has been in use for hundreds of years, an archaeological investigation was required.

Gomm said the archaeologist's finding also clears the way for the library to apply for about $110,000 in grants from the New York State Library's Division of Library Development.

Times Herald Record, 7/31/16 
Annual Joseph Brandt Bus Tour in Deerpark
During the annual Joseph Brandt bus tour on July 23rd, a new historical marker was dedicated in Deerpark. It is red because it is a "Legends and Lore" marker provided by a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. 
Tavern Trail at Painters Restaurant in Cornwall-on-Hudson
The Orange County Historian is hosting the Tavern Trail series at county historic taverns and inns, and on Friday, July 29, the event was held at Painters in Cornwall.  Here is Historian, Johanna Yaun on left with Renita McGuinness (middle), trustee of the Cornwall Historical Society and Colette Fulton, founder and past president of the CHS as well as a trustee.  These Tavern Trails, seven in all, are a social event featuring a short talk on the tavern's history, raffles that benefit the local historical, and a specialty tavern cocktail created with local ingredients. The raffle raised $218 for the local historical society and brought dozens of new diners to Painters Restaurant. 
Insider's Look at the West Point Museum

Since we wanted to get our interns out into daylight, a break from their researching chores, a field trip was planned to the West Point Museum .  David Reel, executive director, gave us a private tour of the military items on display, and also their behind the scenes collection of military weapons that go back centuries. This historic gem is one of the most visited tourist sites in the country, and contains about 65,000 artifacts, and displays more 10% of its collection.  The staff maintains an extensive storage facility as a "teaching collection" for West Point cadets. If you haven't been to the museum, it's so worth the trip. Get there early before the crowds.

Please Note

The Office of the Orange County Historian will be closed from August 10th-17th. 

Upcoming Events
Writing For Historical Publication Webinar

Tuesday, August 9 at 3 PM 

Cost: FREE for Members, $40 Nonmembers
Registrants will be sent a recording of the webinar within 48 hours of the live event. 

Designed for both emerging and seasoned museum practitioners, Writing for Historical Publications will inspire and equip participants to write for professional publications, organization blogs, and book manuscripts. The ability to write well is a hot commodity in the history world. In addition to being a valuable tool for developing communication skills, the act of writing helps to develop reflection, analysis and synthesis, as well as mental operations in a process that requires the writer to formulate clear ideas rooted in context and supported by evidence. 

Contributing an article to a published journal or writing a book is a career-booster. It puts the writer's name into circulation, and demonstrates the writer's expertise and commitment to the museum field. Beyond publishing, these skills are also easily called upon for other tasks, such as grant writing or discussing complex topics within your organization.

In this webinar, AASLH's Bob Beatty, Charles Harmon of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, and, Sarah Case and Tamara Gaskell of NCPH's The Public Historian, will address the process, from initial ideas to reviewing pre-print proofs. They will present strategies for history professionals to develop well-organized arguments and narratives and will cover editors' expectations, such as following style sheets, providing references for all ideas that are not one's own, plagiarism, meeting deadlines, the peer review process, and accepting proofing edits. Participants will learn how to present book and article ideas effectively to potential publishers, as well as learn of the professional value of blogs and other social media versus published articles and books. This session will provide a road map that encourages more museum professionals to contribute to their own professional development and to the field through writing and publishing.

Colonial Craft Day at Edmonston House in New Windsor

Saturday, August 13  at 1 PM - 5 PM

Colonial crafts will be demonstrated and for sale.

Edmonston House
1042 RT-94
New Windsor, NY 12553
Historic Cemetery Clean-Up

Saturday, Aug 20, 11 AM to 3 PM

The site is located in a mildly remote rustic setting. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Tools are limited onsite; please bring hand tools, lawn rakes, mid-sized plastic drop-cloths, tree pruners, work gloves, tick/bug spray & cameras. Pack a light lunch & join us!

Directions From 84: Take Route 84 to exit 1 (Port Jervis).At the end of the exit ramp, turn onto Route 6 West. Follow Route 6 to Route 209 North. Make a right turn onto Route 209 and north for approximately 6.3 miles to Guymard Turnpike. Make a right turn onto Guymard Turnpike, and follow it approximately 0.2 miles to the cemetery driveway on the right. The entrance is marked Nature Conservancy: Neversink Preserve. Drive slowly towards th e kiosk. Look for the parked cars along the left side of the road. This road is the access to the Nature conservancy so please do not block the roadway. There's a short path from there to the cemeteries. 

From Route 17 West: From Route 17 west, take exit 113 (Rt. 209) south. Travel for about 8.5 miles, and after crossing the Cuddebackville Neversink bridge, take your second left onto Canal Drive. Go to the end of Canal Drive (bearing left at forks) to a T-intersection. Turn left onto Guymard Turnpike; the cemetery entrance is a gravel drive on the right with a sign marked Nature Conservancy: Neversink Preserve. Drive slowly towards the kiosk. Look for the parked cars along the left side of the road. This road is the access to the Nature conservancy so please do not block the roadway. There is a short path from there to the cemeteries.

For information please contact Nancy Conod, Executive Director of the Minisink Valley Historical Society, or Judy Gumaer Testa, Volunteer Coordinator, Facebook Link

Military Timeline at Museum Village

Sunday, Aug 21, 11 AM to 4 PM

Come see displays and demonstrations representing hundreds of years of history.

Museum Village
1010 State Route 17M, 
Monroe, New York 10950
Exhibition at Karpeles in Newburgh

Ongoing until August 31, Mondays to Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM /Sunday, Noon to 4 PM

Exhibition of rarely seen works of Dona McPhillips Couch, a distinguished historical painter, famous for large-scale group portraits of American heroes.

94 Broadway, Newburgh, NY. 845-569-4997.
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