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          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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                        1937 truck that once belonged to theTinker Street 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

    Ashokan Reservoir
    talk by local historian Bob Steuding
    Saturday, August 30, 2 pm

    Overlook
    performance by Hélène Lesterlin
    Saturday, August 30, 7 pm

    details below


    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

    Ashokan Reservoir: talk by local historian Bob Steuding, Saturday, August 30, 2 pm

    On Saturday, August 30, at 2 p.m., Bob Steuding, local historian and author, will give an illustrated talk on the Ashokan Reservoir. Bob is the author of The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir; Rondout: A Hudson River Port and The Heart of the Catskills. After the talk, Bob will take questions and sign copies of his books. Steuding is a native of the Catskills and has been writing about them since the 1960s. The event takes place at the Eames House/Historical Society of Woodstock, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, NY. This event is free, and light refreshments will be served. For more info call 845-679-8111




    Overlook (work-in-progress performance), Saturday, August 30, 7 pm 
    Created and performed by Hélène Lesterlin, in collaboration with the Historical Society of Woodstock. 

    A lecture, a dance with memory, a time machine, a dream of utopia. Using creative interviews with village elders and the explosively inspiring archives of the Historical Society of Woodstock, this solo performance delves into local lore, wild personal narratives, and the unique stories of the many characters populating Woodstock’s art colony heyday.

    Woodstock, a village laid out on the flank of Overlook Mountain, became synonymous with Bohemia as artists settled its hillsides in the 1900s, in a sweeping effort to create a thriving art colony and utopian community. Roaring through the 20s and beyond, it became known as much for revelry as for art. Through the lens of memory, on a foundation of first-hand accounts, this performance delves into the aspirations, dreams and lives that swirled around the Byrdcliffe and Maverick art colonies. Using an amalgam of voices, historical accounts and essays, original texts, dance, and handheld 2D figures, this solo illuminates themes of art-making, aging, high jinx, and a rooted sense of place.
    press releasebio

    Chair seating is limited, you might want to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on!

    Running time: 40 minutes, followed by a Q&A. 

    This project is based on interviews with members of the community, whose memories and stories form the foundation of the text. This project is also made possible with the invaluable expertise and kind attention of the staff and board of the Historical Society of Woodstock, as well as its overwhelmingly rich archive.

    Made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. 

    Coming of age in Woodstock during the 1950s: talk by Tad Richards, Sunday, August 17, 2 pm

    On Sunday, August 17, at 2:00 pm, Tad Richards will talk about coming of age in Woodstock during the 1950s. Along the way, he will discuss his encounters with Anton Refregier, Howard Koch and Maya Deren, among other artists and personalities. Richards is an American writer, visual artist and current steward of Opus 40. Over the years he has written 18 novels and 16 nonfiction works. His most recent published work, Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel, was co-written with his brother, Jonathan. Recently it was produced as an audio play by Alan Arkin, Tom Conti and Ali MacGraw. Several of Tad’s songs have been recorded by Orleans, the John Hall Band and Fred Koller. After the talk Tad will sign copies of his book Nick and Jake.

    Tad Richards at Opus 40


    Amateur Radio: a talk by Keith Tilley, Sunday, August 10, 2 pm

    Keith Tilley
    , the communications officer of the Overlook Mountain Radio Club, leads a team of 25 volunteer amateur radio operators. On Sunday August 10, at 2:00 p.m., Tilley will speak at Historical Society of Woodstock, exploring the history of amateur radio, the science behind worldwide communication, and the many ways amateur radio is used today. In addition, he will discuss the group’s ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) post 9/11 mission with such agencies as the American Red Cross and the county government. press release

    Ulster County Bluestone: 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
    "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, HSW Collection 

    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.  


    "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. 


    "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