What did George Washington think?

State park will hold presentation on the general's letters written during his stay in Newburgh

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If you have ever wondered what our nation's forefathers thought, then you might to attend a special presentation at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site.

During the Path through History weekend, on Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m., the first president's thoughts will be explore through the “The Circular Letter: Washington’s Legacy.”

This talk will explore the hopes General Washington had to guarantee how the government should work effectively; how the states should be united and how the protection of that new and fragile nation would be of paramount importance.

Important factsConsider the time: Last days of the Revolutionary War.

Picture the place: Headquarters Newburgh.

Perceive the action: A 17-page letter written by General Washington to the governors of a new nation.

Listen to the reason: The ideas and ideals of a man who after fighting for a cause, now wants that fight to culminate in the establishment of a new and wonderful country.

Circular letters were written to convey the same information to recipients in different locations.

In this famous one Washington composed while in Newburgh, he felt it was necessary to communicate the spirit of “good intention” for all the citizens of this new and evolving country.

He outlined this in the letter he sent to the state governors, envisioning a country that needed some nurturing in order to provide a strong and enduring future.

This special presentation is free with standard admission, which includes a guided tour of the historic Headquarters and the freedom to explore the Museum, which houses the multi award-winning exhibit, "Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection."

The exhibit features more than 1,300 objects highlighting Washington’s Headquarters’ diverse collections and is navigated by an electronic catalog system.

For details, call 845-562-1195.

If you goWashington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered national historic landmark.

It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh’s East End Historic District.

The site is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Inters Park Commission in New York and New Jersey.

For information about New York State Parks, visit www.nysparks.com.

Help us save the Tower of Victory! The Palisades Parks Conservancy has completed a capital campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh.

The Tower of Victory is truly one of the treasures of the Hudson Valley.

For 125 years, it has stood as the nation’s only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War.

Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the President and then Secretary of War, commissioned John Hemingway Duncan, one of the nation’s most renowned architects at that time, to design the massive stone arched structure that hosts bronzes sculpted by William Rudolf O’Donovan, the pre-eminent monumental sculptor of the day.

It stands on the property where General Washington created the “Badge of Military Merit” now called the Purple Heart medal.

Mail your donation to: Palisades Parks Conservancy, P.O. Box 427, 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, 10911.

Or donate online: www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/donate. Remember to put the Tower of Victory in the subject line so we know you want to be a part of the campaign.

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