The Battle of Newburgh
A City in the National Headlines
Fifty Years Later: Historical Society to Host Event Recalling Contentious Debate
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: newburghinretrospect.com
Battle of Newburgh: Special Viewing & Panel Discussion
Sunday, Oct. 6th 2013 at 1-3:30pm
330 Powell Avenue
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.
Historical Society of Newburgh Bay & the Highlands
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.