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FRIENDS OF THE STATE HISTORIC SITES OF THE HUDSON HIGHLANDS HOLD ANNUAL MEETING AND ARCHIVES PRESENTATION AT WASHINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS

  |   October 9, 2011  |  Comment

Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, October 13th at Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh.  Beginning at 5:30 PM with a reception, the meeting will start at 6:00 PM, followed by a special presentation for Archives Month. Admission is free.

While attending this gathering, all are invited to join the Friends, whose mission is to increase public awareness of Washington’s Headquarters, Knox’s Headquarters and the New Windsor Cantonment’s historical and educational significance, to raise funds to supplement educational, programming and collection needs of the sites, and to offer quality educational and history-related items for sale to site visitors. In their role as volunteers, all three sites have relied upon them for assistance during special events.

Michele Phillips, Paper Conservator for the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will be the presenter of a talk in honor of Archives Month. The title of the presentation is “Making It Last: Looking After Paper Collections.” Ms. Phillips, with degrees in fine art, art history and chemistry, has her Master’s degree in Art Conservation. After serving as Assistant Conservator at the New York Public Library, Ms. Phillips was appointed Paper Conservator at Peebles Island Resource Center. She specializes in the preservation and treatment of prints, drawings, maps, documents, photographs and negatives. Ms. Phillips is a Professional Associate in the American Association for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, is an active member of the Canadian Association for Conservation, and serves as Board Chair of Museumwise.

Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, opened in 1850, is the first publicly owned and operated historic site in the nation and a registered national historic landmark. It is located within the city of Newburgh’s East End Historic District.

New Windsor Cantonment is the living history museum of the Northern Continental Army’s final post of the Revolutionary War, 1782-1783, and is home to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, preserving and sharing the stories of America’s military personnel wounded or killed in battle, recipients of the Purple Heart.

Knox’s Headquarters is Mount Ellison, the working country seat since 1754 of the prosperous Ellison family who hosted officers of the Continental Army consecutively from 1779 through 1783 including Generals Henry Knox, Nathanael Greene and Horatio Gates.

These sites are three of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and are three of 24 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey.  For further information contact: (845) 562-1195.  For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks. com.

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