News & Upcoming Events in
Orange County History & Heritage
17 March 2020
"While the Angel of Death rides on the fumes of the iron scow, and infected airs are wafted to our shores from the anchorage, we shall have no security against these annual visitations of pestilence."
Harper's Weekly, 1858

Coronavirus: All public programming is postponed until further notice

Orange County Government has asked all staff that is not "mission-critical" to the COVID-19 response to work remotely. The Office of the Orange County Historian is closed to the public at both the Goshen and Newburgh locations. The Orange County Genealogical Society is also closed until otherwise advised.

The Office of the Orange County Health Commissioner is advising that everyone who is able to do so should remain at home until further notice. Therefore, all meetings, public programming and archive-based research projects, on and off site are canceled/ postponed at this time.

We are still available via email, and will try to answer or forward inquiries when possible.

While we are in isolation, our staff is shifting efforts from the past to the present. We are gathering documents, photos and stories related to the COVID-19 response in Orange County Government and amongst our citizens. We urge you to join us in this effort. If you are in a position to document this unique moment in history, please consider putting materials aside for donation to our archive once the danger has passed.

Stay safe! Try to be productive. Newton discovered gravity in quarantine. Shakespeare wrote King Lear in quarantine.


Johanna Porr Yaun & Nicole Nazzaro
Tell Congress: Include Museums and all Nonprofits in COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Packages

Urge Your Legislators to Include Museums in COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus
The U.S. Congress is currently considering COVID-19 (coronavirus) relief and economic stimulus legislation, and likely will consider additional economic relief proposals in the future. The Alliance is engaged in this rapidly developing and fluid situation, including in coalition with our partners in the broader nonprofit community. Earlier this week, the Alliance joined a  letter  urging Congress to include museums, and other nonprofit organizations, in economic relief legislation. Your legislators need to hear directly from you that they must include museums in COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus. They also need to hear specifically about how COVID-19 is affecting you and your museum and how your museum is helping impacted communities.

Office of the Orange County Historian 101 Main Street Goshen NY 10924 845-360-6978