Warwick Historical Society, Dr. Richard Hull present “Warwick at War and Peace”
Three-part Curator’s Choice series begins September 23

The Warwick Historical Society is pleased to present “Warwick at War and Peace,” a three-part Curator’s Choice series that begins on Sept. 23.

The series, presented by Dr. Richard Hull, Professor of History at New York University and Town of Warwick Historian, will focus on how the local community mobilized to meet a crisis of national proportions.

“The first lecture will examine the impact of WWI on Warwick,” said Hull, who is also a member of the Board of the Warwick Historical Society. “We’ll discuss what actions were taken locally, how citizens participated, how the crisis transformed the way those citizens lived, and what the immediate and long-term impacts were.”

The second presentation in the series, which will take place on Oct. 21, will focus on the American Revolutionary War and how Warwick residents responded to it. The third event in the series, scheduled for Nov. 11, will be a panel discussion on peacemaking in the 1960s and 70s.

“The series is unique in that it offers a thought-provoking and imaginative way of examining our past at the grassroots level,” said Sharon Knol, executive director of the Warwick Historical Society.

“While most histories examine the big picture and offer sweeping conclusions, this Curator’s Choice series is microhistory, exploring how people were impacted at both the local community and deeply personal levels. In doing so, the audience may gain new insights into community dynamics as well as new perspectives on how we can mobilize to deal with issues that currently confront us,” said Hull.

Curator’s Choice events are free to members of the Warwick Historical Society, and are $20 for non- members. The first two events in this series are $10 for veterans; the final event in the series, which takes place on Nov. 11, is free for veterans. All three events begin at 7 p.m. at the A.W. Buckbee Center, located at 2 Colonial Avenue in the Village of Warwick.

Professor Hull was voted Warwick Citizen of the Year in 2013, named Orange County ‘Revered Citizen’ in 2005 and Untied Nations ‘Distinguished Citizen’ in 1964. He holds four Teaching Excellence Awards from New York University. He received his doctorate and two master’s degrees from Columbia University, and is the author of more than a dozen books, including several on aspects of Warwick’s history.


Recent Events

Join friends and members of the Historical Society of the Town of Warwick on Saturday, Aug. 23, for the Society’s annual Under the Tent Party.

The party, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., is located in Lewis Park in the Village of Warwick, and attendees will enjoy epicurean delights donated by area restaurants, accompanied by wine, beer and, of course, music and dancing to set the mood. A TV raffle and silent auction will add to an evening of lively conversation. This is an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and an opportunity to make new ones.

Lewis Park, surrounded by historical buildings and shaded by the historical trees, is nearby the Old School Baptist Meeting House, Baird’s Tavern, the Buckbee Center, the Shingle House, the Sly Barn, the UAME Church building, the Lehigh & Hudson Caboose, the Ketchum House and the 1810 House.

To make a reservation please call (845) 986-3236 or send an email to: Tickets are $65 per person and may be purchased at the event.

The citizens of Warwick who fought for the Union in the U.S. Civil War will be recognized by a plaque listing hundreds of names to be displayed permanently in the Warwick Town Hall. A dedication program will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Highway. Contributions to help cover the cost of the plaque should be made payable to “Town of Warwick” with “Civil War Plaque” on the memo line and mail to:

Town of Warwick
132 Kings Highway
Warwick, NY 10990

Please join us for our annual George Washington Day Picnic on Saturday, July 26 from noon to 3 p.m. in Lewis Park! We will be having a free picnic lunch, pie eating contest, arts and crafts, Colonial-era games and music. Baird’s Tavern will be open for a tour.

This is a free, friend-raising event – no cost to enjoy the fun!

The very next day, on July 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Buckbee Center, is Warwick Weddings: “Then and Now,”  a bridal expo featuring area vendors. We are “unveiling” our special bridal exhibit – 12 local antique wedding gowns with a presentation by Curator Michael Bertolini.

Visit our charming historical venues, available for weddings, receptions, engagement parties, showers and all celebratory events.  There is $10 suggested donation.

Additionally, we like to tell you about the “Friends of the Hathorn House Event,” scheduled for July 27 at 2 p.m. at the Hathorn House. There will be a reading of Hathorn’s eyewitness account, entitled “Where it was Written.”

Join the “Friends” in the main room of the house for a reading of the Battle of Minisink Report on the 235th anniversary of its writing, in celebration of the courage and resiliency of the first generation of our country’s citizen soldiers. Guest readers will include descendants of Hathorn, and his men and community leaders. The event is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.

Folding chairs are encouraged; please use caution on Hathorn Road, parking and walking, as cars travel this stretch quickly. Any questions? Please email or visit

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