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Fifty Years Later: Historical Society to Host Event Recalling Contentious Debate

The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay & the Highlands will hold a fifty-year retrospective on the Battle of Newburgh.

The event planned for October will recall the 1960’s conflict over a plan to curb welfare costs to help meet the city’s financial struggles. The decision sparked a national debate that became known as the “Battle of Newburgh.”

The issue attracted the attention of prominent figures and organizations such as Arizona Senator and Presidential Candidate Barry Goldwater, the NAACP and New York State Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. The “Battle of Newburgh” was also turned into an NBC White Paper Report of the same name.

"Newburgh was front and center in what became a very critical and divisive issue. It is important for us to remember and examine our past as we look to the future and work to revitalize our communities today,” said Johanna Porr, Director of the Newburgh Historical Society.

For more information about the event and the history of the “Battle for Newburgh” visit:

Battle of Newburgh: Special Viewing & Panel Discussion

Sunday, Oct. 6th 2013 at 1-3:30pm

330 Powell Avenue

Newburgh, NY

The retrospective will be held at Aquinas Hall on the campus of Mount Saint Mary College is Newburgh.

The program will include a viewing of the original NBC White Papers Report and a short video compilation of personal first-hand accounts. This will be followed by a panel discussion with a group of notable historians. Individuals in the audience will also have an opportunity to share their recollections from the era with the Sound & Story project at the conclusion of the program.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and free to Historical Society Members. Group discounts are available.

Order tickets here.

Event Agenda

1:00pm: Introduction

1:15pm: Watch NBC's Battle of Newburgh

2:15pm: Intermission

2:30pm: Panel Discussion

3:15pm: Program End

Historical Society of Newburgh Bay & the Highlands

The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, headquartered in the 1830 Captain David Crawford House, is a private not-for-profit organization. Incorporated in 1884, the Society was originally dedicated to the collection and preservation of records and data pertaining to the Hudson River Valley, focusing especially on its Revolutionary War history.

Serving as stewards of our history, the Society is dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the unique history, architecture and culture of Newburgh. Our unique story is told through the Society’s collections, programs and events such as the Battle of Newburgh Retrospective.