Past Events

McTamaneys Checking In  

Harvesting History: Community Gardens 2102

NPA partnered with other organizations to create a community garden.

Students at Field School  

Preservation Field School 2009 - Newburgh high-school students learned preservation skills in a Field School sponsored by the World Monuments Fund, Habitat for Humanity, the City of Newburgh, and NPA.

Associated Press/Newsday story

Story on New York Channel 4/NBC News

Story on New York Channel 7/ABC News

McTamaneys Checking In   June 21, 2008 - 4th annual Summer Solstice Cruise once again defies all odds in the weather department.  

July 1, 2007 - Friends of the World Monuments Fund visit the Dutch Reformed Church.

June 21, 2007 - The 3rd annual Summer Solstice Cruise defies threatening weather and proves a delightful evening for all.

Lights on the DRC - June 07  

Night Lighting

On June 21, 2007, exterior night lighting was installed at the DRC, allowing the building to be illuminated at night. Funded by proceeds from the cruise events, the installation was designed by Deke Hazirjiam. The project was directed by sculptor & NPA VP Stuart Sachs.


June 21, 2006 - 2nd annual Summer Solstice Cruise in support of exterior lighting for the Dutch Reformed Church.

April 27 & 29, 2006 - City holds public "visioning charrette" to invite public opinion on the future uses of the Dutch Reformed Church.


  April 23, 2006 - 4th annual Queen's Day Concert featured the brilliant young Amelia Piano Trio.

  June 21, 2005 - Summer Solstice Cruise in support of exterior lighting for the Dutch Reformed Church.
  April 10, 2005 - 3rd annual Queen's Day Concert, featuring Vancouver pianist Sara Davis Buechner, benefiting the DRC resoration.

  July 24, 2004 - DRC architect A.J. Davis' 201st Birthday celebrated with a dozen members of the Capital Region Preservation Network.

  May 2, 2004 - The 2nd Annual Queen's Day Concert, featuring "Time For Three," was a great hit and a successful fundraiser.

  April 24, 2004 - We held a Tom Sawyer party to paint the picket fence in front of the DRC.

  Summer 03 - Foundation & Drainage Work: The DRC's west foundation wall was reconstructed and its underground drainage system repaired.

  July 26-27, 2003 - The NPA joined with Hudson River Heritage in sponsoring an A.J. Davis 200th Birthday Weekend Celebration, including lectures, tours, and an open house at the DRC.


April 27, 2003 - The benefit Queen's Day Concert, underwritten by the Netherland-America Foundation, raised $3,000 toward the restoration of the former Dutch Reformed Church.

  April 10, 2003 - Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects delivered the DRC's Historic Structure Report.

  April 4, 2003 - NPA board participates in a board-development workshop led by Esther Hall of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  Jan. 10, 2003 - NPA organizational workshop conducted by Lisa Burcham of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Scott Heyl of the Preservation League of New York State.

  Jan 03 - City of Newburgh and NPA sign formal agreement (pdf).

  Dec. 8, 2002 - DRC "Open House" as part of the "Candlelight Tour" sponsored by the Historical Society.

  Nov. 17, 2002 - DRC "Open House," with a special invitation to area organizations that might suggest uses for the restored space. Coordinated by committee vice president John Lonczak.

PLNYS check
  November 2002 - Tracker Associates (Goshen, NY) conducts field work as part of archaeology study of the DRC grounds.

  Oct. 29, 2002 - Preservation League of New York presented the Newburgh Preservation Association with a check for $15,000, a Preserve New York Grant sponsored by the PLNY and the Arts Council of New York.

  Oct. 19, 2002 - DRC "Open House," in connection with a meeting of local historians and the opening of an exhibit on George Washington at the Newburgh Free Library. Organized by volunteer Chuck Thomas.


  Oct. 15, 2002 - A special tour was organized for the docents of Kykuit (the Rockeffer estate in Tarrytown), by committee founder Carla Decker.

Baker & Mesick
Jeff Baker & John Mesick
  September 2002 - Architects from Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker, including Elizabeth Martin, Stacey Thomas, John Mesick, and Jeff Baker, conduct a field study of the Dutch Reformed Church, in preparation for the Historic Structure Report. The architects also met with Millan Galland, regional officer of the National Park Service.

Hyde & P. Billman
Cleanup Day, 2002
  Sept. 21, 2002 - DRC "Open House" in connection with the "Hudson Valley Ramble" (walking tour), organized by Mary McTamaney.

  Sept. 7, 2002 - NPA members and volunteers do a "clean up day" in the accessible areas of the DRC. Organized by Peter Billman.

  Aug. 6, 2002 - NPA promoted awareness of the DRC restoration project with a table at the "National Night Out" event at the Newburgh Free Library. Volunteers included Barbara Hyde, Phil Rudolph, and Connie McMillan.

Lonnie Hovey
  Aug. 4, 2002 - DRC visited by Lonnie Hovey, Director of Preservation, Architecture & Construction at the White House.

    June 18, 2002 - DRC visited by Denise Van Buren and Paul Daniels of Central Hudson, and Emily Klotz of the Preserve New York grant program.

visitors June 02
DRC visitors June 02
  June 2, 2002 - DRC "Open House" scheduled to coincide with the library annual book sale. Coordinated by volunteer Barbaba Hyde.

  February 2002 - Feature article on the DRC restoration published in Hudson Valley magazine. Stories also broadcast on Cable 6 News and WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

  Dec. 9, 2001 - DRC "Open House" included in the "Candlelight Tour" sponsored by the Historical Society (thanks toKaren Heroy & Keith Nieto).

  Nov. 3, 2001 - Dedication Ceremony for the designation of the DRC as a National Historic Landmark. A major celebration followed by a reception at the Karpeles Museum, organized by Elain Axelrod.

    Oct. 9, 2001 - The Newburgh Preservation Association, formed in 1978 but recently inactive, elected a new set of officers and formally established the DRC Restoration Committee as a sub-committee.

    Sept 22, 2001 - DRC "Open House."

    Sept 18, 2001 - Carla Decker steps down as chair of the DRC-RC. New officers nominated. Website published at

    Aug. 14, 2001 - The DRC Restoration Committee and the City of Newburgh select Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects of Albany, NY as the restoration architects for the Historic Structure Report.

    Aug. 7, 2001 - DRC table at the National Night Out event at the Library.

    Aug. 7, 2001 - Secretary of Interior approves the designation of the Dutch Reformed Church as a National Historic Landmark.

    June 2000 - Application for Landmark status, written by William Krattinger of NYS OPRHP, submitted to the Dept. of Interior.