Historical archivist/librarian Sue Gardner has been named the 2021 Martha Washington Woman of History.
This award is given annually by Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley through education, promotion or preservation.
The honor was inspired by Martha Washington, an outstanding woman in history who resided in the Hudson Valley with her husband, General George Washington, during the last days of the Revolutionary War.
Gardner is the Deputy Historian for the Town of Warwick and Reference Librarian/Local History Librarian for the Albert Wisner Public Library.
She is a published author of “Pure Necessity: Revolution at Warwick: The Life and Times of General John Hathorn, His Militia, and the Community of Warwick, NY in the Late 18th Century.”
Gardner writings are featured on the New York History blog site and on the Friends of Hathorn House website, a not-for-profit organization.
The 2021 Martha Washington Woman of History Award normally would be presented at an event entitled, “The General’s Lady,” usually held in March.
Due to COVID-19 we are rethinking the safety of holding this event. Details regarding the presentation will be given at a future date.
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered National Historic Landmark located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh’s East End Historic District. It is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and one of 40 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey.
For information, call (845) 562-1195, visit https://parks.ny.gov or at www.facebook.com/washingtonsheadquarters.