Newburgh Stuff

This last month, from April until now, a lot has changed in my life, in terms of finding my purpose and a professional outlet in which I am able to make myself legitimate. I am living and working in the East Fishkill Historical Society off Palen Road in the Brinckerhoff House Historic Site. However, I make my way to Newburgh at least once a week to help the historical society there.

I was working heavily towards conducting research on the Alsdorf’s, a Black family who lived in Newburgh from the 1830’s until the 1950’s, who taught the White youth and prominent citizens how to be musical. Their yet-to-be renown music business started in 1850 and was moved to Liberty Street, across from Washington’s Headquarters, in 1915. Everyone went to Alsdorf Hall if they were to learn how to play an instrument or learn how to dance. I am currently working on making important documents concerning this research more readily accessible.

Postcard #37 of 2009 Newburgh Postcard Set, created to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first European settlers, the Palatines, arriving on the land now known as the City of Newburgh.

Postcard #37 of 2009 Newburgh Postcard Set, created to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first European settlers, the Palatines, arriving on the land now known as the City of Newburgh.

In East Fishkill, I am taking on another project. The Historical Society recently was donated a journal of a Black soldier who fought in World War I.  He was a part of the Harlem Hellfighters. You can read more about this on the East Fishkill Historical Society’s blog.

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7 thoughts on “Newburgh Stuff

    • I graduated last year with a BA in History and Black Studies. I am employed by an historical society and this is my personal blog in which I post updates on my main projects.

      • Oh I see. I was reading your posts and it sounds interesting. How did you get into History?

      • I was just inspired by a professor at SUNY New Paltz named John Palencsar. He gave students the key in interpreting history for themselves. Then I took some Black Studies courses and realized that if I wanted to learn true history I would have to learn and study it from a different perspective than how it was taught to us as kids.

  1. Hello! my name is Tashae Smith and I am doing a project on slavery in Newburgh. While doing some research I found some information on the Alsdorfs and I came across your blog. I was hoping I could expand my research by learning more about the Alsdorfs from you, seeing how you have done a great deal of research on this influential African American family. Thank you for your time. my email is tashae.smith@aol.com

  2. Hi there! I know your post on the Alsdorf family from Newburgh is several years old but I was wondering if uncovered any documents on them? Specifically I am looking for information as it relates to the Alsdorfs participation in the Underground Railroad for some research I’m conducting on the history of the Underground RR in Orange County, NY. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can reach me via email at flagg6805@gmail.com

    Thank you!
    R. Vela

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