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                            Woodstock, NY 12498
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    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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    1937 truck that once belonged to theTinker St tinker. John Trubov collection. 
    (HSW Archives)

    Artifacts from the Historical Society Archives
    "... a few of our favorite things" 

    July 13 - August 31, 2014

    Saturdays & Sundays 1-5 pm
    Opening reception: Sunday, July 13

    To celebrate the opening of this new exhibit, the public is invited to an opening party on Sunday July 13 from 3-5 pm at the Historical Society located on Comeau Drive. Join us for salads, hot dogs, drinks, and desserts ... and get a sneak peek at our plans for a new addition. As always, admission is free. press release

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    Spring - Summer Exhibitions/Events: 

    Exhibition: "... a few of our favorite things"

    July 13 - August 31, 2014, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 pm

    Opening reception: Sunday, July 13

    Artifacts, objects, photos, and ephemera from the archives of the Historical Society of Woodstock, selected by members of the Board.
    Within the archives of the Historical Society of Woodstock rest a multitude of connections to Woodstock's past. Some of those connections are obvious, such as items directly related to the founding of the art colony in the early 20th century. And yet, the breath of Woodstock history offers roads of exploration unimagined by many. With its new exhibit, "...a few of our favorite things", HSW presents a look at items from the archives that have traveled many of those disparate byways. Choosing from items that have been rarely presented to the public, HSW Board members offer an exhibit that explores the diversity of Woodstock history while underscoring that, from its many stories, came a community that would be known the world over. 
    Featuring maps that explore the Woodstock that once was, 19th century artifacts from the Down Rent War and Woodstock's glass factories, farm implements, political collages, unique photographs and stereoscopes, the Woodstock Bicentennial Quilt, early printing, dishes that once adorned tables at Woodstock parties, school band uniforms and period clothing, "...a few of our favorite things" will offer the visitor a unique, multifaceted look back at Woodstock's journey into the future. press release

    Ulster County Bluestone: a talk by Peter Roberts, Saturday, July 19, 2 pm

    The Historical Society will explore the world of Ulster County bluestone through a talk by Peter Roberts. Once a major industry in Woodstock and surrounding areas, bluestone from Ulster County was shipped south in the latter half of the 19th century to form many of the sidewalks in cities such as New York and Philadelphia and to adorn the properties of the wealthy in urban areas. press release

    Exhibition: "Artist Couples of Woodstock"

    May 18 - July 6, 2014, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 pm 

    Opening reception: Sunday, May 18, 1-5 pm - refreshments will be served

    "Conversation with artist Eva van Rijn", Sunday, May 25, 2 pm

    Milton Avery & Sally Avery, Edward Chavez & Eva van Rijn, Caroline Haeberlin & Reginald Wilson, Doris Lee & Arnold Blanch, Eugene Ludins & Hannah Small, Nan Mason & Wilna Hervey, Caroline Speare Rohland & Paul Rohland, Andrée Ruellan & Jack Taylor. 

    This exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures created by eight artist couples who lived, worked, and socialized in Woodstock. The works are from the permanent collection of the Historical Society of Woodstock, supplemented by generous loans from the Arthur A. Anderson Collection.

    For over a century Woodstock has been a home for creative people. Naturally some were drawn to each other and paired up, and a special type of relationship was created when both 

    Franklin Alexander, "Nan Mason & Wilna Hervey", 1969 

    of a couple were active artists. This exhibition includes works by sixteen Woodstock artists and was curated by eight students from a Bard College seminar about Woodstock art taught by art historian Tom Wolf. It will give a sense of the variety of styles and temperaments that flourished in the art colony through the unique perspective of artists who made their personal artistic statements while sharing their domestic lives.   press release"Artist Couples" review

    “Conversation with artist Eva van Rijn”, Sunday, May 25, 2 pm 

    Please join us for a “step back in time” with Eva van Rijn as she recalls what life in the “Woodstock Colony” was like when the artists in this exhibition were at the peak of their artistic careers.

    Eva van Rijn was born in Holland and emigrated to the US with her parents during World War II.  The family settled in Woodstock, where the vitality and creativity of the “Woodstock Colony” influenced Eva’s early ambition to create art. Eva married painter-sculptor Edward Chavez, who was born in New Mexico, and had also joined the Woodstock art colony and was teaching at the Art Student’s League. Eva continues to live in Woodstock and is noted for her landscape and wildlife paintings.  bio                 Eva van Rijn "Self Portrait" c. 1984, HSW Collection

    "Preserving Local History - Geneology Research", Saturday, June 7, 2 pm

    The Historical Society of Woodstock will continue its summer discussion series with a talk by Janine Fallon-Mower and Carl Van Wagenen on preserving local history through genealogical research. With extensive backgrounds in local genealogy, Fallon-Mower and Van Wagenen will discuss how they were drawn to such research, the processes they follow and how census data preserves a snapshot of early Woodstock life. Janine Mower is the author and co-author of five local history books including Legendary Locals with Richard Heppner that came out last year. Carl Van Wagenen wrote The Van Wagenen Family Genealogy 1637-2014, the definitive book on the Van Wagenen family tree. At the conclusion of the talk, the speakers will answer questions from the audience on how they might peruse their own genealogical research.  
    Refreshments will be served.

    "Woodstock's Ancient Trails and Old Roads", Saturday, June 14, 3 pm
    A talk about exploring and mapping the backwoods and lost landscape of Woodstock by Dave Holden, NYSCEC licensed hiking guide, trail-maker, and backwoods explorer.
    In a time before GPS (by a few years, at least), trails carved out by Native Americans and early settlers once crisscrossed the Woodstock landscape. On Saturday June 14 at 3:00 pm, the Historical Society of Woodstock will present a closer look at those early byways in a talk offered by Dave Holden titled, Ancient Trails, Old Roads and Paths to the Future. Holden, who has explored Woodstock's old roads and archaic trails for over thirty years and is a NYDEC licensed hiking guide, will share his knowledge of these mostly lost elements of Woodstock's past and offer his thoughts on how to make use of them in the future while preserving their historic integrity. 

    While attending the discussion, visitors will also be able to enjoy HSW's current exhibit, Artist Couples of Woodstock. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The Historical Society of Woodstock is located on Comeau Drive and parking is available in either the lower or upper Comeau parking lots. Handicap parking is available on-site. For more information, e-mail:

    "Wisteria at Alf's House", circa 1950        
    "Overlook Mountain", 1914
    "Portrait of Hervey White", 1910
     Note cards from the collection of the Historical Society of Woodstock