The American Legion Henry Kapperman Post 44 was organized in late 1919 and received their charter in 1920. They first met in the old Masonic Building on State Street, but with only 24 charter members and dues $1.50 per year, they found they couldn’t afford to pay rent. Therefore, Dr. Muntz offered them his office, located above the Newburgh State Bank at State and Jennings Streets for a meeting place. Later they moved to the basement of the building and continued to meet there for around seven years.
Around 1931, a fire at the mine destroyed all the other buildings that were constructed of wood and the present brick building was the only one left standing. In 1970, a 24 by 60 ft. addition was built on the east side of the original structure. It is used as a meeting room and for social events at the Legion. If you are looking for a place to eat in Newburgh, The American Legion kitchen serves great plate lunches Monday through Friday from 11 am – 2 pm. A variety sandwich dinner menu is served Monday – Thursday evenings from 5 pm – 8pm. A complete dinner menu is available on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 pm – 9pm featuring steak, catfish fiddlers, and many of your favorite entrees’, plus a fresh salad bar. Saturdays also have breakfast from 7 am – 10am and lunch from 11 am – 2 pm.