Eames House - 20 Comeau Drive, PO Box 841 
Woodstock, NY 12498
845 679-2256

The Historical Society of Woodstock was founded in 1929 by a group of artists, writers, academics, and local citizens. In addition to the exhibition space, which is located at the historic Eames House on Comeau Drive in the center of Woodstock, the Historical Society has an extensive archive consisting of paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, textiles, photographs, books, manuscripts, correspondence, documents, film/sound recordings, and antique tools. The archive serves as a resource for a wide range of exhibitions, public programming, and research.

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In Tune with the Times, 1600-present 
June 29 to September 1, 2019

August 24, 12 pm. The Improbable Community: 
Camp Woodland 
and the American Democratic Ideal.  

Book signing, talk and music, Bill Horne, 
Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock.

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Exhibition & Event Schedule, 2019:

In Tune with the Times, 1600-present 
June 29 - September 1, Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5 pm
 2-4pm. Opening reception: Refreshments, music by Rennie Cantine and Sabrina Miller.

This exhibit travels through time from the music of the Northern Delaware tribes of the 1600's to the musicians of today. In addition to indigenous music, the exhibit will include church hymns, songs of the workers in the 1800's, music of the early 1900's art colony, mid-century folk music, and the explosion of folk, rock and other contemporary music in the 1960's and 70's up to the present. The 1969 Woodstock festival, which happened in Bethel, NY, is included.

August 24, 12 pm. The Improbable Community: 
Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal.  
Book signing, talk and music, Bill Horne, Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock.

On Saturday, August 24, from 12 to 1, Bill Horne will give an illustrated talk about Camp Woodland. The presentation is based on his book, The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal. Pat Lamanna and Mickey Vandow, former Camp Woodlanders and folksingers, will be on hand to lead singalongs of old camp folksongs. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Bill’s book will be on sale and available for autographing. Light refreshments will be served.

Presentation at the Historical Society of Woodstock August 24, 2019

The Improbable Community. The author, Bill Horne, will give a presentation on Camp Woodland and sign copies of The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and The American Democratic Ideal. The camp helped to incubate the folk music movement in America and influence the rise of folk/rock music in Woodstock. Special tribute will be paid to Woodstock residents Eric Weissberg and Herbert Haufrecht who were deeply involved with the camp.

Founded in 1939 by a group of idealists inspired by the spirit of New Deal reform, Camp Woodland put their vision of American democracy into practice by creating a racially and ethnically inclusive summer camp for city kids located in the remote and scenic mountains of upstate New York. The camp brought together city and rural communities through the collection and preservation of Catskill folklore and folk music.

Author. Bill Horne is an attorney who practiced trade regulation law in Washington, D.C., and health care, public construction and civil rights law in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in Queens, New York, and was a camper at Camp Woodland from 1950 through 1960.

Folk Singer. Pat Lamanna was a camper at Camp Woodland from 1955-61 and learned to play guitar and wrote her first songs there. She recently won awards for her songs at the South Florida Folk Festival. One of her songs, "Peace Pilgrim," is featured on Pete Seeger's album, "The Storm King." She has three solo CDs to her credit.

Folk Singer. Mickey Vandow went to the Little Red School House with Eric Weissberg, where they learned folk songs from Charity Bailey, the music teacher. He was a camper at Camp Woodland for many summers where they learned Catskill history, folklore, and the folksongs collected by Herbert Haufrecht and Norman Cazden from singers in the region. Mickey learned guitar from Laura Rosenblatt and Bob Claiborne and banjo from Pete Seeger. He taught theater, cinema, and video production at SUNY Cobleskill.


Lake Hill Band, c late 1800s

 Musicans, First Maverick Concert

Concert in Field with Betty McDonald

The Jupiter string Quartet with Daniel Gortler, Maverick Concert

Christmas Sextet

Tom Pacheco, Sunday Drum Circle, Village Green
Thank you to our sponsors for making these events possible: 
The Emerson Resort & Spa 
Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST 
Ulster Savings 
Mid-Hudson Valley Credit Union 
The Improbable Community 
Elliott Landy 
Catskill Art and Office Supply 
Willow Mixed Media 
Bread Alone
 Bushwhack Books 
H. Houst & Son Inc.       
Overlook Bikes
Shakti Yoga
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August 3, 7 pm. Concert - Rock Academy Alumni Reunion 
with Liz Mitchell, Nancy Chusid  & Children's Chorus.

Blast from the past! Rock Academy and the Historical Society of Woodstock is welcoming back some of your favorite Rock Academy All-Star Graduates for a one night only show on Saturday, August 3rd. Some graduates will be playing and singing rock covers accompanied by the current Rock Academy Showband, while others will be presenting original music! The show is part of the Historical Society of Woodstock’s “Woodstock Music: In Tune With The Times” show currently on display Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm at the Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive.

The concert will be held at the Church of Christ, Scientist, 85 Tinker Street. Opening the show will be Elizabeth Mitchell and Nancy Chusid present young people performing selections from the songbook Folk-Songs and Other Songs for Children, edited by Jane Byrd Radcliffe-Whitehead. Tickets $10 Doors 6pm 
Show 7pm

Aug 4, 4 - 6 pm. Art and the Counterculture in 1960s Woodstock 
Lecture by John Murphy, PhD, at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498.

Dr. Murphy will explore Woodstock as a ferment of art, experimentation, and creativity in the 1960s, a period in which artists, writers and musicians contributed to a growing counterculture opposed to mainstream values. John P. Murphy PhD is the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego and a specialist on Arts and Crafts colonies. He has published work on Ivan Albright, Bolton Brown, William Gropper, and Charles White. His dissertation examined the colonies of Byrdcliffe, Roycroft, and Rose Valley. His research has been supported with grants and fellowships from the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, the Huntington Library, and the Wolfsonian Museum. He was a 2014-2015 Luce/ACLS Fellow in American art.

"Sound Out Poster", 1960s

July 27, 12 pm. Illustrated Lecture and Performance on Native American Music 
The Development of Local Native American Musicfrom Lithophonics to Shakers, Drums and Flutes, an illustrated lecture with music by best-selling Native American author and musician Evan Pritchard. Free

Evan performs songs that survived years in the Hudson Valley and the long trek to Oklahoma. Identifying Native American influences in music of today, he links Charlie Patton, Hank Williams, Elvis, Peter LaFarge, Johnny Cash, Buffy Ste Marie, Hendrix and more to Robbie Robertson, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and other singers. The founder of the Center for Algonquin Culture, Pritchard wrote the highly acclaimed Native New Yorker, studied music at Juilliard and taught Native American culture at universities in the Hudson Valley.  (free) 

Saturday, July 13, 12 pm. Panel discussion
The Impact of Music on Woodstock CultureThe Impact of Music on Woodstock Culture 
Moderated by Woodstock Town Historian, Richard Heppner. Panelists: Happy Traum, Gilles Malkine, Rennie Cantine, Michael Birnbaum, Barbara Pickhardt. Applehead Studio, 1835 Route 212, Saugerties.
Panel Discussion, Applehead Studio, 7-13-19

Saturday, June 29, 7:30 p.m., Performance, Woodstock Community Center.

Colonists, Warriors, Witcheshappen at the Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Saturday evening, June 29, 7:30 p.m. Katie Jeannotte of the “Bows and Chords” music studio in Shokan will direct a musical ensemble of adults and children, and the Gnomon Shadow Theater, under the direction of the Rowan family from Saugerties, will tell a story with shadow puppets. Visuals and special effects will enhance the experience. Come sing along! $5 donation benefits the Historical Society of Woodstock. The performance celebrates the opening of HSW's summer exhibit, Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times, 1600's- Present, June 29-Sept. 1, Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 p.m. 

June 15, 12-4pm. Exhibition Preview NYS Path Through History. 12 pm talk by Woodstock musician, Rennie Cantine. Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock.

This event is a special preview of the exhibit, “Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times, 1600-Present,” featuring a talk and performance by Woodstock musician Rennie Cantine. Rennie founded the popular Woodstock Guitar Festival, fronts for the band Rip Van Ren and plays a duet with Sabrina Miller. He will speak and perform with Sabrina at 12 noon at HSW's Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive.

Sabrina Miller & Rennie Cantine
Jennifer Maidman Band
with special guest, Elly Wininger

Concert: May 24, 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Christian Science Church, 85 Tinker Street, Woodstock

The Jennifer Maidman Band with special guest Elly Wininger will kick off The Historical Society of Woodstock's 2019 celebration of the town's 400-year history in the field of music on Friday, May 24 with a benefit concert at the Christian Science Church, 85 Tinker Street.

Maidman, a versatile UK and US based instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer, is currently a member of The Orchestra That fell to Earth (the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra), Soupsongs (the music of Robert Wyatt), the Murray Head Band, the Terry Reid Band and the reformed seminal 1970s funk soul ensemble Kokomo. She enjoyed chart success from the start of her career by recording and mixing Marc Bolan's “I Love to Boogie” in 1976. She has performed with Joan Armatrading, Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Gerry Rafferty, Van Morrison and Boy George. 

For more information, see http://jennifermaidman.weebly.com/ 

Elly Wininger, a 2014 inductee into the NY Blues Hall of Fame, got her start in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village and has deep roots in Woodstock. Her CD, Little Red Wagon, hit #8 on the Folk Music DJ Chart in 2018. Having played historic NYC venues, Elly now tours nationally and is an annual feature at the Woodstock Invitational Luthier's Showcase. Festival promoter Kurt Henry called Elly a “folk-blues legend.” She was the first artist to perform at CBGB and was offered a recording contract with Red Robin Records at age 16. For more about Elly Wininger's impressive career, see http://www.ellywininger.com/bio.shtml.

Advance tickets for the benefit concert are $15. The day of the show, tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 pm. Buy tickets at the show, or on-line at buy now

The concert is the first in a series of events planned by the Historical Society of Woodstock to complement the 2019 exhibit, Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times, 1600 – Present, which previews at the HSW's Eames House Museum on June 15 from 12-4 pm with a talk by Woodstock musician Rennie Cantine. The exhibit is open June 29 to September 1st, on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 pm.

HSW thanks the following sponsors for making these events possible: 

Elliot Landy 
The Emerson Resort & Spa 
Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST 
The Improbable Community 
Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union 
Ulster Savings 

The Woodstock Dress - Reimagined 

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Woodstock’s Christian Science Church, 85 Tinker St.

A fashion and history program presented by the Historical Society of Woodstock and Workday Wear.

Join us for a special program that explores the history of Augusta Allen’s original Woodstock Dress presented by Woodstock Town Historian, Richard Heppner and, for the first time in eighty years, the unveiling of the “reimagined” Woodstock Dress as designed by Sarah Stitham of Workday Wear. 

Augusta Allen, born in 1869 and raised as a child along the Ohio frontier, arrived in Woodstock, NY with her husband, artist and entrepreneur, Willard Allen. Urged to make Woodcock their home by artist Birge Harrison, the couple, upon their arrival, constructed a remarkable three-story home known as Allencrest. As time progressed, however, declining family fortunes would call upon Augusta to put her considerable skills as a seamstress to work, in an effort to support her growing family. No stranger to hard work – family members recall hearing the treadle sewing machine she used whirring well into the early morning hours - Augusta drew upon the early lessons of the frontier and an innate creativity to fashion what would become known as the Woodstock Dress.

The dresses, made of cotton, velvet, taffeta and other select types of fabrics were soon in high demand by the women of Woodstock. It could, for example, be either a casual everyday dress to wear to market or easily worn formally at a reception. The dress became a favorite of women within the art colony and was also worn by many of the Cheats and Swings square dancers during a number of exhibitions, including one memorable performance for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt at their home in Hyde Park.

Though styles would change as time progressed, the history of the Woodstock Dress has been kept alive over the years through the efforts of the Historical Society of Woodstock and Augusta’s great-granddaughter, Deborah Allen Heppner. Over the decades, however, though the dress has attracted considerable interest by designers who have marveled at Augusta’s intricate work, the reproduction of the dress and its return to fashion seems to have been waiting these many years for the right person to take on such a task. That long wait is about to end.

Enter Sarah Stitham, owner of Workday Wear. Founded as a clothing company, Stitham’s vision behind Workday Wear was to focus on elegant, well-made clothing, using all natural fabrics that hearken back to a time when things were constructed sturdily, sewn beautifully and made locally. A child of the Catskills, Stitham’s own life experiences and her connection to both land and community made Augusta Allen’s dress an obvious focus of her creative imagination. Allen’s ability, despite the financial hardships of her day, to draw upon the pioneering and homesteading skills of her youth to produce the Woodstock Dress, was, to Stitham, the underlying “ethos for Workday Wear since the beginning.”

As a result of her discussions with Heppner, who also serves as President of the Historical Society, Stitham began to pursue the idea of bringing back the Woodstock Dress. “I became obsessed with Augusta’s ingenuity, fortitude and design style,” offered Stitham. That obsession has magically led to the first successful recreation of the Woodstock Dress in more than eighty years.

As a result of Stitham’s creative efforts and collaboration with the Historical Society of Woodstock, the Woodstock Dress will return to the town that gave it birth on May 5, 2019. On that date, through a program that combines both history and fashion, Stitham’s “new” Woodstock Dress will be unveiled along with Augusta Allen’s story as presented by Woodstock Town Historian, Richard Heppner. The program will be held at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 85 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY from 3:00-5:00 pm. An Afternoon Tea and further discussion will follow the program. Music interludes by Reggie Earls and Timothy Hill will also be presented. Tickets for the event are $20.00 and can be purchased at the door or online by going to the Historical Society’s web page at: www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org.
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To contact Sarah Stitham, email sarah@workdaywear.com

Program also includes an Afternoon Tea, discussion and musical interludes presented by Reginald Earls and Timothy Hill

Tickets: $20.00 Tickets:  buy now
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Thank you all for your support of this event!

Woodstock Dress Cookie
by Shirley Rose
Community Estate Sale
   From eclectic to practical ... 
Something for everyone including: furniture, paintings, children's toys, books, tools, jewelry, art supplies, costumes, baskets, collectibles & vintage household items ... and much more!
In addition, baked goods and coffee will be on sale.

Saturday April 6  9:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Sunday April 7 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
All proceeds benefit the Historical Society of Woodstock.