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News ReleaseFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Elyse B. Goldberg 845-562-1195WASHINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS WILL BEGIN ITS 2013-14 WINTER SCHEDULE ON NOVEMBER 8th(Newburgh, NY … October 19, 2013) It is Autumn in the Hudson Valley. Trees are shedding their leaves, the air is crisp and clear, and pumpkins are dotting the landscape. Though the last day for our Autumn Schedule is Sunday, October 27th, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is gearing up for an eventful Winter Schedule. Starting Friday, November 8th, the site will be open every Friday and Saturday, 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We will be available to visitors by appointment Tuesday through Thursday and also open for Special Events. Now, as for those Winter Special Events – we have some great ones this season! They are:Warm Up At The Washingtons’ taking place on Sunday, December 8th , from 12:00PM-4:00PM.Start your holidays with a visit to our historic headquarters. Take a break from gift shopping,holiday wrapping and writing cards to see how the Washingtons acknowledged this seasonduring the last winter of the Revolutionary War. Walk through seasonally decorated roomswhile you are serenaded by the Salmagundi Consort. In each room a historic interpreter willanswer your questions and supply an overview about what you are seeing and how life was at thattime. Finish your visit to General and Mrs. Washington’s rented domicile with some cookies andcider by an outdoor fire. The admission is free for the day, compliments of the Friends of the StateHistoric Sites of the Hudson Highlands.While in the neighborhood visiting us, stop in and see the homes featured on the Candlelight Tours.Contact the Crawford House at 845-561-2585 for more information and ticket prices.Winter Welcome Week will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 26th, 27th and28th , from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM each day. 18th Century attired historic Interpreters will guideyou through the headquarters where General and Mrs. Washington resided duringthe last 16 ½ months of the Revolutionary War. In these rooms, decorated for the holidayseason, Washington announced the cease fire, rejected a monarchy, and created and awardedthe Badge of Military Merit, precursor of the Purple Heart.Along with the headquarters, admission to the Museum, featuring “Unpacked and Rediscovered,”our award-winning exhibit of over 1,300 artifacts, is included and a take-home activity will beoffered to all those young at heart.Presidents Day Weekend – Mark your 2014 calendar and bring an appetite to our annualGeorge Washington Birthday Celebration. It’s a three-day event on February 15th , 16th , and17th , from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Each day starts with guests singing “Happy Birthday” toGeneral Washington, followed by the General cutting his cake and offering pieces of it to thevisitors. Admission to the Headquarters and Museum is free those three days and includes militarydemonstrations, presentations, music, and a take-home souvenir.The General’s Lady, our tribute to Martha Washington, will take place in March. At that event,the 2014 Woman of History Award will be given to a woman who has contributed to thebetterment of Hudson River Valley history.These are just sneak previews of the events planned during our Winter Schedule. Keep looking for upcoming announcements and visit us on our website and Facebook, or call 845-562-1195 for more information.Come visit The Best In The Hudson Valley for 2013, voted by the “Hudson Valley Magazine.”Washington’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 further information contact: (845) 562-1195. For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks. com. For more information call 845-562-1195 or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/washingtonsheadquarters.Help us save the Tower of Victory! The Palisades Parks Conservancy has launched a capital campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. 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, NY 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!