Speaking Series

Come join us as the Newburgh Museum hosts our 2024 Speaking Series the first Sunday of each month starting in March from 1-3 pm. Enjoy the latest exhibit, and hear a different guest speaker each month sharing pieces of Newburgh and the surrounding area’s history.

2024 SERIES TOPIC –  World War II: From Beginning to End

March 3: WW II Begins  –  Germany Invades Poland

April 7: Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor & Propaganda

May 5: Women in the War – WAAC! WASP! WAVES!

June 2: Battle of Midway – US Navy forces defeat Japanese Navy
Speaker: Kevin Reid with the Evansville Wartime Museum

July 7: Evansville Involvement in the War – LST’s, Planes, Tanks, Ammo, & etc.
Speaker: Cory Burdette with the USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc.

August 4: Red Cross, Homefront Wives & Children, & “Rosie the Riveter”
Speaker: Stephanie Pitchers with the Evansville Wartime Museum

September 8: D-Day, Allied Forces Come Ashore in Normandy, France
Speaker: Mark Browning with the Evansville Wartime Museum

October 6: Battle of the Bulge, V-E Day, Victory in Europe
Speaker: Ralph Baker with the Newburgh Museum

November 3: US Drops Atomic Bombs,  Japan Signs Surrender Agreement Ending WW II
Speaker: Jason Holmer with the Evansville Wartime Museum



Our 2023 Speaker Schedule Included: 

  • Kadie Engstrom: Women In River History
  • Mark Browning, MD: Influenza of 1917
  • Chris Rutherford: Newburgh’s ‘Old’ Dam
  • Kevin Reid: Tanks- Panthers, Tigers and Shermans
  • Dannye Lawson: Turn of the 20th Century Victorian Mourning Practices
  • Eastminster Presbyterian Church: Opening of the Time Capsule of Newburgh Presbyterian Church
  • Stan Schmitt: Commander Weyerbacher of Warrick County, Designer of Dirigibles for US Navy
  • Chad Potts: Newburgh Locks & Dam


Our 2022 Speaker Schedule Included: 

  • Joe Herron: 1787-1803 Northwest Ordinance and Territory
  • Lela White: George Rogers Clark and Fort Sackville
  • David Weaver: Indiana Territory and Governor William Henry Harrison 1800-1812
  • Matt Alschbach: The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery 1803-1806
  • Travis Vasconcelos, Calliopist and River Historian: Showboats and Excursion Boats – When Entertainment Came to the River
  • Joshua A. Claybourn: Young Abe Lincoln in Indiana 1816-1830
  • Anne Rust-Aurand: Eldora Miner-Raleigh – 1852-1930, A Woman Ahead of Her Time
  • Mark Browning, MD: Local Contributions to the WWII Effort


Our 2021 Speaker Schedule Included: 

  • Jay Davis, Yankeetown FD Chief; retired supervisor/Lockmaster, Newburgh Lock and Dam
  • Colleen Talley and Jann Allen with the Warrick County Museum
    ‘Visit Yesterday Today’…..learn what’s new about the history and culture of Warrick County located in Boonville, IN.
  • Newburgh Rocks: Ralph Baker, Certified Petroleum Geologist
    View Archive Video
  • Bill Bartelt, co-editor – Abe’s Youth: Shaping the Future President
    View Archive Video
  • James Hevron discusses the Lincolns of Spencer County.
    View Archive Video
  • William Clark, with David Lutz, “A Brief Look at Different Ancient Cultures in the Tri-State”
  • 100 Years of Vintage Clothing Revisited: Jennifer Greene, Associate Professor of Library Science and University Archivist at the David L. Rice Library, University of Southern Indiana
  • The Audubons in Henderson (1810-1819): Heidi Taylor-Caudill, Curator of the John James Audubon State Park Museum, Henderson, Kentucky
  • Cory Burdette: The Gator Navy – The Importance of the LST in WW2 and Beyond


Our 2020 Speaker Schedule Included: 

  • Jay Davis, Yankeetown FD Chief; retired supervisor/Lockmaster, Newburgh Lock and Dam
  • Aaron Luttrull, Newburgh’s Civil War Culture and Architectural Landscape
  • Mike Wittenbraker, Local Firefighting from an Experienced Professional
  • AJ Mason, The Museum of the Coal Industry, Lynnville
  • Anne Rust Aurand, Newburgh, England