The Battle of Newburgh: A Fifty Year Retrospective

battle of newburgh 2On October 6, 2013, The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands will present a special event reflecting on a local controversy that caught national attention in the early 1960s. Nicknamed the "Battle of Newburgh," it was a conflict over Newburgh's new policies for its welfare administration. Newburgh became an informal case study for an entire country moving away from locally-administered welfare to a welfare system dependent on state and national money and mandates.

The events in Newburgh drew so much notice that NBC produced a special documentary in 1962. This fifty-year retrospective on the Battle of Newburgh will include a rare showing of the NBC documentary, followed by a panel discussion with scholars and historians. 

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Upcoming Retrospective

Battle of Newburgh:
50 Year Retrospective

October 6, 2013
1 - 3:30 pm

Aquinas Hall,
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Ave, Newburgh, NY

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Newburgh, NY 12550

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