December 2018 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
8/1 - 12/14 Exhibit

The World War I Home Front – How Newburgh Supported the Colors

NBG Glass Vitrine Cases, Kaplan Hall

11/30 - 12/14

Exhibit

An Artist's Response to Human Rights

NBG Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall
11/30 - 12/14 Exhibit

An Artist's Response to Human Rights

MID Orange Hall Gallery

The World War I Home Front – How Newburgh Supported the Colors

YMCA Recruitment posterA hundred years has passed since the World War I. So many wars and conflicts have been fought and continue to be during that timeframe that much of the war efforts both the fighting by soldiers and the massive support by citizens on stateside have been tucked away in scrapbooks and closets. But efforts are being made to open the books and storage areas Red Cross volunteers display collect tossed coins; YMCA and YWCA membership soared to work on war supportespecially with the centennial of the battles to break the Hindenburg Line (September 29) and Armistice (November 11) quickly approaching.

Photographs depicting these extraordinary moments have been collected by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands and are being shared this summer through the end of the year in the tall glass vitrine display cases at Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange in an exhibit entitled The World War I Home Front – How Newburgh Supported the Colors.

National Guard Companies Company E and L from Newburgh and I from Middletown numbering 2600 all folded into the 107th Infantry Regiment of New York’s 27th Division. Over 200 never returned.  

According to Newburgh City Historian, Mary McTamaney, “In addition to raising millions in war bond campaigns, Newburghers manned canteens that served the hundreds of troop trains passing through on the West Shore Railroad.  They knitted thousands of socks and sweaters and scarves and sent care packages to soldiers on the front. Churches and clubs hosted dinners for soldiers who, on their way to Europe, stayed Shipyard workers built freighters and also collected war bond moneyovernight at the YMCA and YWCA. The city’s small Red Cross chapter grew to over 12,000 active members within a few months in 1917. Every local soldier who departed for basic training was accompanied by family, neighbors, and often hundreds of other citizens who walked with them to the train to wish them godspeed.”

Visitors may view the exhibit August 1-25 Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm; then, August 27 through December 14 Monday through Thursday 8am to 9pm and on Fridays 8am to 6pm. The exhibit will be closed over Labor Day and Thanksgiving, but open on Saturdays, September 29 from 5:30 to 9pm and October 27 from 3:30 to 9pm.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in the parking garage entered at 73 First St.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-9386.

Photos top to bottom: YMCA and YWCA membership soared to work on war support; Red Cross volunteers display collect tossed coins; Shipyard workers built freighters and also collected war bond money; Thousands of workers there constructed supply ships like this one to take materials, especially critical food and medical relief, to Europe. This is the S.S. New Windsor nearing completion.

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ORANGE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (OCHRC) PRESENTS AN ARTIST’S RESPONSE TO HUMAN RIGHTS.

 Education is Key by Joydeanne Sanchez - clay & glaze, Washingtonville High School;December 10, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of a momentous statement to the world by the General Assembly of the United Nations: the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One member of the drafting committee of the UN Commission on Human Rights was Hernán Santa Cruz of Chile who wrote, “I perceived clearly that I was participating in a truly significant historic event in which a consensus had been reached as to the supreme value of the human person, a value that did not originate in the decision of a worldly power, but rather in the fact of existing — which gave rise to the inalienable right to live free from want and oppression and to fully develop one’s personality.” The Declaration was the first international recognition that all human beings have fundamental rights and freedoms.   

Now in its seventh year of celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, through its annual art show, the Orange County Human Rights Commission (OCHRC) presents An Artist’s Response to Human Rights.

This exhibit offers juniors and seniors in Orange County high schools the opportunity of expressing their feelings about the importance of human rights in today’s world by depicting artworks and writing poems or essays about topics related to the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Students participating in this year’s show represent the following schools: Minisink Valley High School, Warwick Valley High School, Washingtonville High School, Storm King School, Newburgh Free Academy, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Pine Bush High School, Cornwall Central High School, and James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls.Human Rights Batik Quilt by Minisink Valley High School students

OCHRC Chairperson Fred Cook states, “This yearly exhibit again reflects the understanding and commitment of many of our Orange County high school students and teachers to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Orange County Human Rights Commission takes much pleasure in the collaborative efforts of the Commission with SUNY Orange and the Orange County Arts Council for providing a platform for students to enhance their appreciation of human rights.” 

The exhibit has two venues at which visual and literary artworks can be viewed, Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange Middletown campus and the Mindy Ross Gallery, SUNY Orange Newburgh campus.  Receptions at which artists are recognized for their efforts and presented with certificates are scheduled this year on Sunday, December 2 from 1 to 3pm in Orange Hall Gallery and Monday, December 10 from 6 to 8pm in the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer. The exhibits and Inherent by Ada Johnston: pen & sharpie, NFAreceptions are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours in Orange Hall Gallery are Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm, and Friday 9am-6pm. The Mindy Ross Gallery is open Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm, and 8am-6pm on Friday. The exhibits are on view November 30 through December 14, 2018.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave. –free parking in lot), Middletown.  The Mindy Ross Gallery is situated at the eastern end of the first floor of Kaplan Hall which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, where free, secure parking is available in the garage at (GPS) 73 First Street, Newburgh. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891/9386. Additional information can be obtained from OCHRC Executive Director Inaudy Esposito at 845-615-3680.

Photos from top to bottom: Education is Key by Joydeanne Sanchez - clay & glaze, Washingtonville High School; Human Rights Batik Quilt by Minisink Valley High School students; Inherent by Ada Johnston: pen & sharpie, NFA.

 

 

 

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Dorothy Szefc
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
(845) 341-4891
cultural@sunyorange.edu

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