A Fifty Year Retrospective
On 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
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.newburghinretrospect.com