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

The Historic Tavern Trail Visit To The Erie Hotel In Port Jervis Drew A Crowd Of More Than 100!

Look how far the Hudson Valley Tavern Trail has come.  Sure, on Friday night at the Erie Hotel, the crowd of 100 (from last year's attendance of 20) was a challenge, but also a reminder that informal history events are not only desired, but an untapped economic resource.

Let's recap:  The 2016 Historic Tavern Trail of the Hudson Valley, conceived to be an end of the week happy-hour gathering of history fans in historically significant venues, kicked off on April 29th with over 80 participants at the North Plank Road Tavern in Newburgh.   

North Plank Road Tavern owners Tom and Denise Costa dressed the part in Prohibition Era attire and graciously shared the research that they had compiled about former owners and visitors to the historic inn. Matthew Colon of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay & the Highlands spoke on the origins of the "plank road."  A raffle conducted by the Historical Society raised over $150 to support their mission and aid in the maintenance of the Crawford House Museum. The specialty apple cider drink, the Apple Jack Downing created specifically for the series, celebrated local agriculture. We had over 80 people at this Newburgh event, with dinner reservations pouring in to the point that the night's two seatings were fully booked. The Costa's have hosted many historical evenings at their venue in the past and were well prepared for this terrific response. View link here.

This past Friday, May 27th the Tavern Trail visited the Erie Hotel & Restaurant in Port Jervis. As I stated earlier, it drew more than 100 participants who came to enjoy the program and mingle with visitors from at least six surrounding counties, a far cry from the 20 the previous year. We were pleased but surprised by the size of the turnout, which created a unique challenge for us in working with such a large crowd, on a Friday night.  The Erie Hotel staff could not have been more accommodating on such short notice, and for that they have our thanks. They jumped in and moved us to another larger space, which mixed the Tavern Trail crowd with the Friday night bar regulars.  It also required us to scramble for a microphone so our speaker could be heard and radio station WRWD FM 107.3 rose to the occasion and offered their PA system.

In retrospect, these glitches in the event are fixable and due from it's popularity.  More importantly, we know that there is a demand for these kinds of informal gatherings, an alternative to a Sunday afternoon formal lecture. And maybe a need to host more formal history talks in traditional venues to relay the details of our research to those who prefer quieter settings. In the current incarnation, these events support the local business owners who invest to preserve and maintain historical venues, raise monies for the local historical societies, and in the end promote regional heritage tourism. Plus, it creates a "meet and greet" for history fans to gather and spark new friendships. Our goal is to introduce likeminded members of the community so that they feel comfortable asking questions on their own, learning more about the venues and developing an appreciation for the preservation efforts of the venue's owners.

Thanks have to go out to Lynn Burns and Nancy Conod for representing the historical community on the western side of the county.  To Robert McCue of the Ontario & Western Railroad Historical Society, who normally speaks in intimate gatherings, who presented the brief insight into local history over a noisy Friday night audience. Thank you especially to Matt Kierstead of Milestone Heritage Consulting historical preservation and interpretation firm of Marlboro, NY for formally organizing and planning the 2016 Tavern Trail under contract with Orange County.
Also, to the Brink and McKeeby families for hosting the event and being so great to work with, to the Minisink Valley Historical Society who graciously opened the Fort Decker Museum for the Early Bird Tour.  To Orange County Legislator Tom Faggione's T-Bone Design of Port Jervis for the hats embroidered with the Tavern Trail logo. The raffle raised $240 to support the Historical Society!

Our next event will be at the Iron Forge Inn in Warwick. Please come out and support the heritage of our great county!!    


                                                                                                         Johanna Yaun
                                                                                                         Orange County Historian

The Importance of the Railroad in Port Jervis

by Bob McCue

To understand what part hotels like the Erie Hotel played in the fabric of our economic and social history, one has to go back to the days before the railroad. Mass transit two ce
nturies ago was the canal and the stagecoach. Roads in those days were unpaved, meaning either dusty or rutted in the spring and summer, or frozen and bumpy in the winter, if not buried under snow. Canals could freeze in the winter, and river travel was limited.  With any travel, canal or otherwise, you did not travel over four miles an hour, so a sixty mile trip to New York City from Orange County overland was an overnight trip: the local tavern or inn became an absolute necessity.
Then came the railroad, and suddenly you could travel from Orange County to New York City in two hours or less. To understand the impact this had, in 1840 getting milk shipped fresh to the city was impossible. By the 1850's, milk was over half of the Erie Railroad's freight receipts.
Towns and cities boomed with the coming of the railroad. Port Jervis was blessed with no less than three: The Erie; the New York, Ontario & Western; and the short-lived Milford, Matamoras & New York, which closed after flooding on the Delaware River took out a bridge twice.
Port Jervis boomed in the railroad era, when the Erie's shops, rail yard and depot employed a majority of the city's population. With the new era, hotels became a major mark of a city's social standing: The Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City is just one of the famous names from that era. The hotel was not only a sign of prosperity, but a part of the city's social fabric, a gathering place to meet, and catch the latest news, and with hotels with a bar and restaurant, to gather and celebrate.
An Erie Railroad president got one thing wrong: he once said if the Erie ever left Port Jervis then grass would grow on Pike Street. Port Jervis has weathered hard times and is still alive and well.
Then as now, the Erie Hotel remains a gathering place to meet and celebrate. Many thanks must be given to the present owners who have given this famous landmark a second life, and I send good wishes for a long and prosperous future. A toast!
History of the Erie Hotel & Restaurant
by Matt Kierstead

The three-story 
bri ck building now known as the Erie Hotel & Restaurant was built at 9 Jersey Street in Port Jervis, New York, next to the Erie Railroad's passenger station and the Railway Express Agency building in 1890.  The "Erie Hotel" as it is popularly known was one of several "railroad hotels" built around the Erie Station by private owners to serve passenger train travelers.  Railroad hotels offered quick meals for passengers on brief stopovers, as well as full restaurant service and overnight accommodations.  They advertised themselves as "European Plan" or "American Plan" hotels, which simply signified whether daily rates were for a room only or for a room and three meals, respectively.
Before the Erie Hotel was built, the land at 9 Jersey Street (sometimes identified as 9-11 Jersey Street) was occupied by a blacksmith shop.  About 1890 a Mr. Padgen purchased the land, tore down the blacksmith shop, and erected the Erie Hotel.  "Padgen" may be a misspelling of "Padien," a name appearing on this building in the 1903 Port Jervis atlas.  On May 13, 1890, Charles and Jacob Bauer, Jr. opened a new hotel and restaurant in the Padgen Building next to the Erie Station.  Jacob Bauer was described as an experienced caterer who understood all aspects of hotel operation.  His establishment was called "one of the neatest and brightest little hotels along the Erie line."  The hotel could accommodate up to 40 overnight guests and served meals 24 hours a day.  Conveniences included steam heat, hot and cold running water on every floor and electric and gas lights.  It included a handsome mahogany bar and a modern refrigerator.  The hotel also included a "sample room," a common feature of the era where traveling salesmen could display examples of their wares to potential purchasers.
In 1901 the establishment changed hands and was known as the "Hotel Erie," run by T. Hunt Brock.  Brock had previously run a hotel in Scranton for nine years.  Jacob Bauer moved across the street to the "New Bauer Hotel," built 1903-1905.  Brock's Hotel Erie offered 30 rooms on European Plan for 50 cents a night and up, as well as on the American Plan.  A 150-seat restaurant offered regular and a la carte meals and a lunch counter seating 50 people provided a quick lunch for travelers riding the trains.  The establishment was known variously as Brock's Hotel in 1922 and the Hotel Brock in 1927, when it was advertised as having special accommodations for tourists and "the finest appointed dining room in the city."  In 1938 the hotel was owned by Blanche Brock.
By 1942 Hotel Erie ownership shifted to Austin C. Carroll. In 1947 proprietorship was shared with Helen L. Carroll.  Later the hotel was run by John "Jack" Austin Carroll (1925-2008), and renamed the Hotel Carroll.  Jack Carroll was a U.S. Navy radio operator during World War II and owned the Hotel Carroll for over 30 years.

The hotel was purchased by the Brink family in 1986 and renamed the Erie Hotel & Restaurant.  The Brinks oversaw a complete restoration after a 1994 fire severely damaged the building.  The first floor features a restored bar, railroad mementos and many framed historical photographs of downtown Port Jervis.  The Erie Hotel is also still a functioning hotel, offering overnight accommodations in ten rooms, five each on the second and third floors.  
The 2015 Tavern Trail event at the Erie Hotel.
A Public History State of Emergency

"This week I came across an article about Joe Bagley, the 31-year- old archaeologist who has been put in charge of one million mostly un-cataloged City of Boston artifacts. Underpaid and overburdened, he's found ways to triage the projects that come at him each day. He has to be a historian, a fundraiser, a bureaucrat, a volunteer coordinator, a social media guru, an artifact guardian, a cheerleader for preservation, a meticulous registrar, and a broad minded strategic planner, all at the same time.

You're not alone, Joe. This has become the narrative of the post-recession workplace. It's like a reality TV premise: we give you poverty level pay and a mountain of responsibility, and expect you to turn this organization around with your hipster ingenuity. I see it so often that I've started to refer to it as the martyr-hero motif.

But it's important to put things in perspective: this is not Joe vs. Wild or Indiana Joe on a grand mission. Joe, as a metaphor for the generation, is up against those who direct funds but continually decide not to invest in cultural resource management.

And if Boston seems distant, please reflect for a moment on the recent news from Albany that our new New York State Historian will inherit a role that has suffered salary and hierarchy reductions. I worry that we're casting Devin Lander to be our Joe."

Museum Education Act

"As is evident in the increasingly complex and high-tech world of the 21 st  century, New York's students and adult learners must learn how to access, interpret, and analyze all types of information to succeed.  The Museum Education Act (MEA) creates a bridge between our state's vital museums and our local schools by providing grant funding to help prepare students and adult learners for success in the 21 st  century while ultimately making New York more competitive in the global economy.  New York's museums play a major role in helping students and adult learners acquire the hands on skills and knowledge needed for success in education.  Museums educate, inform, and excite students and adult learners and help them to learn critical higher-order thinking skills."

Please contact your local NYS Legislators to make sure that they are informed about the MEA.

Now a word from the Orange County Historian..of CALIFORNIA! 


by Chris Jepsen
Eight states have an "Orange County." Most have their own county-wide historical organization - each of which receives email and phone calls intended for the other seven. Since we swap messages so often, we should at least get to know each other.
Recently, MJ Goff, assistant to your County Historian, wrote a brief introduction to the historical scene in Orange County (New York) for the Orange County (California) Historical Society's newsletter. As president of this California institution, I wanted to return the favor.
Orange County, California is located along the Pacific coast just south of Los Angeles County and just north of San Diego County. We cram more than three million people into our 948 square miles, and what little open space remains is mostly the domain of the county parks system or the Cleveland National Forest.
Prior to WWII, most of our land was dominated by agriculture. A drive from one quaint little city to another took you through miles of unincorporated territory covered in orange groves. However, an enormous post-war boom (which never quite ended) turned the groves and fields into urban and suburban sprawl. Today our 34 cities abut one another. Only road signs offer clues that you've left one and entered another.
Curiously, we were not named for our once-dominant citrus industry. When the name Orange County was first suggested in the early 1870s, there wasn't yet a single commercial grove to be found here. The word "orange" simply connoted a beautiful Mediterranean climate, and that image encouraged people to come west and settle here. Later, we discovered that our climate and soil actually were perfect for citrus. But the fruit came after the marketing hype.
Oil fields of Huntington Beach, CA - 1940
Here are a few more random facts about Orange County, California:
  • Like you, we were part of Colonial America. But we were a colony of Spain. 
  • Our recorded history began with the arrival of Gaspar de Portola's expedition in 1769 - not with the opening of Disneyland.  
  • The swallows do not return to Mission San Juan Capistrano anymore. The prefer the freeway overpasses and shopping malls. 
  • Despite what you've seen on TV shows like Real Housewives, The OC, or Laguna Beach, only a small percentage of our population is rich, young and silicone-injected. (And we hate it when people call our home "The OC.") 
  • Our property values are outrageous. You can make a decent-looking paycheck here and still be eating Ramen in your parents' garage. (We don't have many basements or attics here.) 
  • The most photographed day in our history was January 11, 1949. Everyone who owned a camera ran out and took pictures. Why? It snowed. All over the county. Old timers still talk about that miraculous day. 
  • Hawaiian Punch, the artificial heart valve, Richard Nixon, boysenberry jam, Kwikset locks, Fluidmaster pumps, Fatty Arbuckle, drive-in churches, Spectrophotometers, professional drag racing, Fender guitars, steampunk, Gwen Stefani, the rockets that took us to the moon, Disney theme parks, Vans shoes, Will Ferrell, the booming surfwear industry, and many large restaurant chains got their start here.
Lion City Safari Drive Thru, 1971

California's Orange County is a pretty transient place, with fewer and fewer people putting down permanent roots. This makes promoting the recognition and preservation of historical resources difficult. Local history is barely mentioned in our schools (and only in third grade), there is no official County Historian, heritage tourism is overshadowed by beaches and theme parks, and historic sites are bulldozed with shocking regularity. Our local historical community is relatively small and perpetually low on cash. But enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers go a long way.
Since 1919, the California OCHS has been doing its part as "a research, archival, and educational organization, dedicated to the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Orange County, its people, and the surrounding area, for the benefit of its members and the general public."
We have about 300 members and a small archives/office we rent from a small museum. We hold monthly meetings with speakers covering a wide range of historical topics and eras - all focused on Orange County. Recent topics have ranged from "The Birth and Growth of Little Saigon," to "Last of the Old West: Los Alamitos Lawman Gunned Down and Forgotten," to "Judge Towner, Free Love, and the Founding of Orange County."   
4th Street, Santa Ana, 1889
We hold "History Hikes," historical bus tours, Show & Tell programs, and an annual dinner. We also produce a monthly newsletter, operate an oral history program, and publish the annual historical journal Orange Countiana.
Along with an assortment of smaller community historical groups, OCHS does its best to collect, preserve, and share the history of the Orange County we love. We expect you do the same.
Speaking of which, I just got this email from someone asking about a parcel of land in the Cheesecocks...
Chris Jepsen is president of OCHS, a local historian, and the Assistant Archivist at the Orange County [California] Archives. He can be reached at For more information about the history of Orange County, California, visit
Local Job Openings in the Field
The Museum Association of New York (MANY), a statewide membership organization representing hundreds of museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums is actively seeking an Executive Director.   The "Vision" of MANY is to be a key resource for fostering healthy museums in NY.  MANY balances the offering of direct technical services with attention to policy issues and advocacy to strengthen and promote NY cultural institutions. This is an exciting time of growth for the organization, located in Troy, NY.  Membership and conference attendance is increasing annually, and the NYS Office of Cultural Education has contracted with MANY to provide increased professional development services to the field.  

The overall responsibility of the Executive Director position is to provide leadership for the organization in all its endeavors and capacities, representing MANY in an exemplary way in government, fundraising, education and museum field arenas.  The Executive Director is responsible for administration and management, staff supervision, board relations, operations, partnerships, strategic planning, budgeting and public relations for the organization. 

Minimum Qualifications: 3-5 years of related professional experience and proven success in a management/leadership role. A successful track record of working closely with board leadership.  Ability to form effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies and to work with and motivate a multiplicity of stakeholders, including corporate and legislative leaders.  Strong written and oral communication skills a necessity.  Experience working in or for the museum field, leading a professional organization, and/or working in the state legislative system is highly recommended.  A passion for and understanding of the core educational and economic role of museums and cultural institutions in NYS is a plus.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Benefits package.  EOE.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: Suzanne LeBlanc: or mail to:  Suzanne LeBlanc, President, Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530.
The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, based in Newburgh, NY, seeks a Director to take full daily responsibility for the administration of the organization.

The Society's work promotes local history through public lectures and forums, displays, tours of its house museum, annual architectural tours and research assistance at its library, which is separately staffed. The Director will work with the Board of Managers and Society volunteer committees to plan and implement special events and will oversee routine work to maintain the building and furnishings of the Society's headquarters, the 1830 Captain David Crawford House.

Duties and Responsibilities include:
  • Keep regular office hours, including Sunday afternoons in season
  • Maintain website and social media
  • Pay routine monthly bills other than payroll
  • Track and summarize bank accounts for the Treasurer using Quickbooks software
  • Maintain membership lists and seek to build membership
  • Maintain volunteer docent schedule for the Crawford House
  • Format quarterly newsletter
  • Perform public-relations activities that promote the Historical Society and its events
  • Assist in grant tracking
  • Report to the Board of Managers at one monthly evening meeting
  • Be available for occasional weekend events
An Ideal Candidate will have:
  • An energetic, friendly personality and experience working with group dynamics
  • A demonstrated ability to network with collegial institutions
  • Experience in public programming
  • Bachelor's degree with some experience in museum and/or non-profit organizations
  • A love of local history and understanding of the added value it gives a community
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to As your subject heading, please use "DirectorSearch: Your Last Name." More information on the Society website.
TOP seeks a highly qualified individual for this newly-created senior management position.  The Director of Collections and Research will provide leadership and specific strategy to make Olana a world-renowned center for the study and presentation of American art and visual culture as they relate to the artwork and legacy of Frederic Edwin Church.  The Director of Collections and Research will be a key member of TOP's senior management team, reporting to the President and working closely with all senior colleagues to realize TOP's mission of inspiring diverse audiences through preserving and interpreting the full breadth of Olana's collections of fine and decorative arts, architecture, and historic landscape, including Olana's integral viewshed.  The Director of Collections and Research will be able to broadly interpret TOP's mission statements and will be a part of the team fulfilling one aspect of its strategic plan - to "Make Olana Famous."  

The ideal candidate is a committed scholar and creative thinker, who is skilled in collaboration to lead in the development and growth of an innovative and dynamic exhibitions program, to lead and promote research and scholarship, and to cultivate and secure support for collections-related projects. S/he is a compelling writer who possesses the ability to develop strategy and content, manage teams and multiple projects simultaneously, work with external partners, and form productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally. - 

  • MA (Ph.D. preferred) with a specialization in a field directly related to one or more aspects of Olana's collections, including: American art and visual culture; aesthetic theory; landscape history and theory; decorative arts; and American architectural history. Knowledge of 20thC and contemporary art highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 5 years curatorial/museum experience required.
  • Record of significant scholarly achievement, including publications related to the applicant's own field of specialization and to broader exhibitions and projects.
  • Substantial public speaking experience, with a record of presenting and interpreting material for a wide range of audiences, from scholars to the general public.
  • Proven ability to drive innovation and deliver transformational change, including a strong commitment to making collections more accessible and meaningful to the general public and for engaging diverse audiences.
  • Strong experience of strategic planning and development.
  • Knowledge of field-specific funding processes and a strong track record of raising funds from individuals and grant-giving organizations.
  • Leadership skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate people and manage staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing departmental and project budgets.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to build and sustain positive relationships inside and outside the organization and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.
See more at: AASLH Career Center
Orange County Historical Community
Afternoon Tea with the Historical Society of Walden
By M.J. Goff

It's said (though not completely confirmed), that the idea of taking 'afternoon tea' was begun by Anne, Duchess of Bedford who requested that light sandwiches and tea be brought to her in the afternoon. She complained of having a "sinking feeling" brought on by the long gap between lunch and dinner. One could say it was the origin of the
coffee break.  For me, it's when I'm looking for peanut M & M's.
The tradition took hold in America, has shown up in novels of the time, and soon, anyone who was anyone, had a fine tea set.  All around the colonies, it became "pinky's up" around
mid-afternoon. As a fan of a cup of tea in the morning as well as the afternoon, and usually one before bed, I was excited to attend my very first Afternoon Tea hosted by the Historical Society of Walden held on May 15.
HS President Imbasciani serves up scones
The warming fires of the Jacob T. Walden house on N. Montgomery Street were welcome on this chilly spring Sunday, and the place was a sellout. Members sold raffles for garden supplies, gift certificates, and a beautiful handmade quilt. The kitchen was hopping with members creating elegant displays of finger sandwiches, scones, and cookies, all handmade, and with all the fixins. There is an order of courses, with the savories first in the form of finger sandwiches of all kinds: egg salad, watercress, spinach, cream cheese, on a variety of breads and cut into bite-size pieces. Next were the scones, and these, (baked by Walden Mayor and former bakery owner, Susan Rumbold) were amazing. Of course, a scone is not complete without a dollop of cream, and a spoonful of jam, while fresh pots of tea were plentiful. 
l to r: MJ with Mayor Sue Rumbold and Peggy Lassere awaiting our first course.
In between bites, president Barbara Imbasciani  made announcements of upcoming events, and announced raffle winners. This is a very active group, and newbies were warmly greeted by Anita Vandermark, vice president.  We don't have many opportunities to enjoy a delicious meal served in a 1700's stone house, where tables are laid out with freshly ironed and hand-embroidered tablecloths, rich cloth napkins, and delicate silverware. I'd certainly welcome more.
When I stepped into the heart of the house - the kitchen, of course - treasurer, Patricia Eisley was placing treats on a tiered tray. I asked her what time she had to get up that morning to prepare. To which she replied, "Days ago." Kudos to the members, kitchen staff and bakers.
l to r: Patricia Eisley, Anita Vandermark, Barbara Imbasciani
To learn more about the Historical Society of Walden or learn about membership, visit:

Upcoming Events

Tuxedo Historical Society:  Opening of Photo Exhibit

Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through June from  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
7 Hospital Road , Tuxedo, NY
The Tuxedo Historical Society is excited to announce the opening of its exhibit, A Portrait of Tuxedo at the Historical Society, 7 Hospital Road. The exhibit will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. through June 2016. We hope that the images will provide a link to our shared history and bring some fond remembrances of the past. 

We are also pleased to announce the launch of our redesigned website, complete with an interactive map of the town:
Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

Presentation and Tour Explaining Newburgh's Drinking Water, Watershed and Resources

Wednesday, June 1 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Hosted by Peter Smith and Newburgh Preservation Association, a presentation will occur at 123 Grand St #1, Newburgh, NY 12550

Followed by a tour of Newburgh Water Filtration Plant, Little Britain Rd.

Please RSVP by emailing,  More information available on the facebook page.
8th Annual Placemaking Conference & Awards

Friday, June 3 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Revitalizing Main Street"

Friday, June 3
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
(8:30 a.m.: Registration & breakfast)
(4:15 p.m.: Placemaking awards & cocktails)

FEATURED SPEAKER: PAUL MAYS, Principal, Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP

TOPICS: Creating Opportunities in Land Use
Planning/Zoning for Growth: How to increase
your tax base AND create a better place, Adaptive Reuse and Historic Resources, Strengthening Your Core: Small Business, Farmers Markets, Festivals, Libraries,
Municipal Buildings

Evening Hike to the Summit of Bannerman Island

Friday, June 3 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

For centuries, Bannerman Island has been a place steeped in legend & mystery. Join us this Friday at 6pm for one of a limited series of Friday evening hikes on the Island this year! We're giving a select few the opportunity to explore even less-known parts of Bannerman Island, not typically open to the public - with a rare hike to the summit, and more!

Join us not only for a tour, but to also see parts of the Island off the beaten paths, not often seen. Be prepared for the experience of a lifetime - THIS HIKE WILL BE STRENUOUS, but very worthwhile for those who are ready for it. Our boat departs from the Beacon waterfront at 6pm. Hiking shoes and a serious sense of adventure are required. For tickets and information, visit:

Know someone up for an adventure? Invite them to this event!
An Evening With Theodore Roosevelt at Mount Gulian

Saturday, June 4 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Enjoy a four-course, early 20th century meal with President Theodore Roosevelt, finely portrayed by an actor from the American Historical Theatre. Roosevelt unexpectedly became the 26th President in 1901 after the assassination of William McKinley. Not quite 43, he brought new energy and power to the Presidency, as he vigorously led Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy. Known as the great "trust buster" for his efforts to break up corporate monopolies he was also a dedicated conservationist, setting aside 200 million acres for national forests, parks and wildlife refuges. Diners will have the opportunity to meet and interact with one of America's most popular Presidents. Candlelight dinner in our 18th century Dutch barn, prepared by Bridgecreek Catering. Period music by Julie and James Paradies. Silent and live auctions. Cocktails on the riverside lawn.

$150 per person. Prepaid reservations by May 27. For an invitation and/or further information please contact us at (845) 831-8172, or email at
Croquet Games at Downing Park

Sunday, June 5 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come and enjoy the game of croquet as we challenge neighboring communities to show their local pride. All ages are welcome and the winning team will be added to the tournament trophy. Event is co-sponsored by the Downing Park Planning Committee, Newburgh Historical Society and the Newburgh Preservation Association.

All are encouraged to play or cheer. For more information please visit the Historical Society webpage.
Historic Tavern Trail at Rhinecliff Hotel in Dutchess County

Friday, June 10th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Originally named Kipsbergen, the now-sleepy hamlet of Rhinecliff was once a thriving port for ferry boats to Kingston and schooners and steamers plying the Hudson River. The railroad's arrival in the 1850s sparked momentous growth in housing, hotels, and the nineteenth-century "pleasure" industry, serving railroad workers, shoremen, travelers, and the farmers and miners who brought their products here for shipping. We will uncover these and other stories during this program.


Radio Day - Celebrating More Than A Century of Technology at Museum Village

Sunday, June 12 11 AM - 4 PM

Members of the  Orange County Amateur Radio Club, Inc.  at the museum to teach you about this growing hobby.  Hands on activities include making Morse code necklaces and more. D isplays of telegraph equipment and old radios special for the day. 

On The Scene
In partnership with the Dutchess County Historian William P. Tatum III the Historic Tavern Trail of the Hudson Valley held it's first event on the east side of the Hudson River on May 13th. Thank you to the Roundhouse in Beacon for an exceptional experience. 
The Greater Hudson Heritage Network hosted a Collections Workshop on May 24th at Boscobel in Garrison. The event featured a discussion with Steven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel/Seton Hall University Master's in Museum Studies Faculty and Sarah Jastremski, Chartering Coordinator, New York State ED about the real-world challenges & issues surrounding deaccessioning projects. After the program, Curator Jennifer Carlquist led the group on a behind the scenes tour of the house museum.
#ThrowBack to a birthday party on Bannerman Island one year ago. The Bannerman Castle Trust rents a charter to the island for special events. The boat fits 60 people who can each bring a picnic, spend some time learning about the island's history and hiking to the castle ruins. It's a unique way to celebrate an occasion and support a great preservation effort!
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