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

Meet Our Summer Interns
We have the privilege of hosting two college students, and one high school student.  All three are interested in pursuing aspects of history as a career.
Marisa Davila stands beside the historical marker that has been reinstalled on the exterior of the1841 Goshen Courthouse
Meet Marisa Davila. Marisa has been reviewing the Historian  page o n the County website for outdated material and broken links.  She has created a list of correctio ns to bring it up to date. Marisa has also been contacting all of the historical organizations throughout the County in order to create a list of  the programs they offer at their site, but also what programs can travel to schools. Thi s will eventually go on the Historian website for educators, and the public in general and we hope it will help teachers to incorporate local history into their lesson plans. She was also helpful in coordinating the han ging of a brass plaque that honors the OC lawyers who fought in WWII which was placed on the second floor of the Goshen Courthouse.

When Marisa is not hard at work in our office, she is also working at a restaurant.  She will be returning to SUNY Binghamton where she is pursing a BA in Art History.
Kevin Teel unpacks Civil War and WWI uniforms from the County collection. 
Meet Kevin Teel. Kevin has been  invaluable in researching the cemeteries of Orange County. Not an easy task. There are hundreds of them, and after obtaining information from around the Co unty, Kevin is creating a database of the cemeteries, noting which are County-owned, and  which are being cared for by local municipalities, and even families. He's also helped organize a historical lecture at the Middletown Thrall Library, scheduled for October, that will feature a representative from the New York State Preservation Society.

When  he isn't doing historical stuff, Kevin is also life-guarding at a local condo community. He returns for his senior year at Hobart College where is pursuing his BA in History with plans on obtaining his Masters of Arts in Teaching by May 2018. 
Meet Maria Tarulli. Maria is our high school intern. She attends Goshen High, and already has taken the opportunity to work in Assemblyman James Skoufis' office, and join the Friends of Goshen Public Library and Historical Society.  Her favorite historic site in Orange County is the Harness Racing Museum. Although she hasn't figured out exactly what her future holds, she knows it will definitely involve the past in some way.  Right now, we have Maria working on collecting event information for our newsletter, and going through the storage boxes in the basement, and bringing up some of our research material to place on our office shelves.
Community Updates
Congratulations to the Hudson Highland Nature Museum for being voted the 'Number 1 place to take kids in the Hudson Valley' and also the 'Valley's favorite nature center.'  This was from a poll conducted by Kids Out and About in the Hudson Valley. Link to website for more information.

Pictured here on Friday, July 22nd, the Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun and Sullivan County Historian John Conway were at the Battle of Minisink monument in Goshen to honor more than 40 men who lost their lives at Minisink in 1779. The annual program was hosted by the D.A.R. and this year, John was the featured speaker.
View an excerpt from the program on the Orange County History & Heritage Youtube page

On Saturday July 23rd Barry Keegan led a program on Lenape Life at Fort Montgomery State Historic Site.
Upcoming Events
Tavern Trail at Painters Restaurant in Cornwall

The next stop on the Tavern Trail is Painters in Cornwall. Toast with an Apple Jack Downing, the signature drink of the summer.

266 Hudson St.
Cornwall, NY 12520
Roscoe's Birthday Celebration!!

Saturday, July 30th from 11 AM

To celebrate the founder of our Museum, we'll have free cupcakes with admission.

Museum Village
1010 State Route 17M, Monroe, 
New York 10950

Greater Newburgh Symphony at Downing Park

Saturday, July 30th at 4 PM

Featuring our new Music Director and Conductor, Russell Ger, and everyone's favorite, "Mini-Maestros!"
-No Admission Charge!
-Bring your own blanket and lawn chair!

Concert Program:
Sibelius - "Finlandia"
Berlioz - "Marche au Suplice"
Rodrigo - "Concerto de Aranjues, 2nd Mvt.
Respighi - "Fountains of Rome"
Strauss - "Blue Danube"
Liszt - "Hungarian Rhapsody #2
Tchaikovsky - "1812 Overture"

Downing Park
123 Carpenter Ave, Newburgh, New York 12550
( Rain location - Aquinas Hall, Mount Saint Mary College)

Herb Day Lecture and Luncheon
Tues, August 2nd at 10 am.  

36th Annual fundraiser. Graham M. Skea Lodge.  Lecture on making goats milk soap, and the uses for essential oils, followed by luncheon under a tent at Hill-Hold Museum.
$45.  Advance registration and pre-payment are required. Visit Or phone 845-615-3828.
Hosted by Friends of Hill-Hold and Brick House. 
Annual Multi-Chamber Mastodon Mega Mixer to benefit Museum Village
August 3rd from 6 PM to 8 PM

Please join us for our Annual Multi-Chamber Mastodon Mega Mixer to benefit Museum Village. All member and non-member businesses are welcome! Co-hosted by the Greater Monroe, Orange, Blooming Grove/Washingtonville, Goshen, County, Pine Bush, Warwick Valley, Woodbury and Town of Montgomery Chambers of Commerce and the YMCA. 

Catered by Villa Positano in Monroe and music sponsored by the YMCA. Cash bar for beer and wine. Network among members from nine organizations and Museum Village supporters. Of course, Harry The Mastodon will be there to welcome you!

$20.00 if registered by July 31.
$25.00 after July 31 and at the door.

 Museum Village
1010 State Route 17M, Monroe, 
New York 10950
Opening Weekend of the New York Renaissance Faire
Opening weekend, Aug 6th and 7th  

Welcome to the New York Renaissance Faire! Where Fantasy Rules, and Imagination takes flight! Open NINE weekends!
Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day Monday
August 6 - October 2, 2016

10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Open Rain Or Shine 

Box Office Tickets 
Adult $25
Child (age 5-12) $12
Children 4 & younger FREE

New York Renaissance Faire
600 State Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, New York 10987
Bear Mountain Pow Wow

Bear Mountain Pow Wow 2016
A Native American Heritage Celebration
Saturday August 6th & Sunday August 7th 2016

Anthony Wayne Recreation Area at Harriman State Park
Palisades Interstate Parkway, Stony Point, NY 10980

Date & Time:
Saturday August 6th & Sunday August 7th 11AM-8PM
Dancers Entry: Saturday and Sunday at 1PM & 4PM

$12 adults
$8 youth (6-12 yrs.)
$10 seniors (65+)
FREE for children 5 yrs. & under.

$8 Parking
Tickets can be purchased at event or online:

Middletown Railroad Day
Sunday, Aug 7th, 10 AM to 3:30 PM

10 am - 3:30 pm 
Operating HO' Scale Layout, Railroad Hobby Vendors, O&W Displays. Food Available. Admission is free but we welcome all donations. 

11 am Program - Interlockings, Interchanges, and Towers - Southern Division from Highview to Sidney By Doug Barberio
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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