Newburgh, N.Y. (May 11, 2016) – The practice of medicine played a pivotal role in the colonies during the Revolutionary War including in the Hudson Valley. Come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site on Saturday, May 14th for a special presentation, “18th Century Medicine: The Physician, the Silver Bullet, and the American Revolution”Newburgh, N.Y. (May 11, 2016) - The practice of medicine played a pivotal role in the colonies during the Revolutionary War including in the Hudson Valley. Come to Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site on Saturday, May 14th for a special presentation, "18th Century Medicine: The Physician, the Silver Bullet, and the American Revolution," at 1:00 PM.

The field of medicine will be examined through the lives of well-intentioned physicians and their experiences. You'll hear how the Revolutionary War introduced another element into the lives of these typical Hudson Valley doctors. Where previously they dealt with illnesses of the body and injuries
caused by accidents, they were called upon to deal with gunshot wounds and amputations. The talk examines artifacts, diary excerpts, and other sources that tell the history of Hudson Valley medicine. 

This special presentation is free with museum admission, which includes a guided tour of the historic Headquarters and the freedom to explore the Museum, including the multi award-winning exhibit, Unpacked &Rediscovered:
Selections from Washington's Headquarters'
Collection
. After your tour, be sure to explore the site's historic grounds, including the Tower of Victory and take in the impressive view of the Hudson River.

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 Interstate 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 completed 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!

Contact:

Elyse B. Goldberg | elyse.goldberg@parks.ny.gov
| 845-562-1195