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

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

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online by clicking on the 
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Exhibition & Event Schedule, 2019:

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 offered 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 Woodsto
e three-story home known as Allencrest. As time progressed, however, declining family fortunes would call upon Augusta to put her consid
ck, NY in 1913 with her husband, artist and entrepreneur, Willard Allen. Urged to make Woodstock their home by noted Woodstock artist Birge Harrison, the couple, upon their arrival, constructed a remarkablerable 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
Note: You do not need to be a PayPal subscriber to reserve online tickets. All major credit cards will be accepted.

WOODSTOCK MUSIC: 
In Tune With the Times, 1600-present 
Exhibition: June 29 to September 1, Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5 pm
Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock
                           Woodstock Renaissance c 1970s
Events:                

Concert - May 24, 8pm, doors open at 7, Jennifer Maidman Band; special guest, Elly Wininger. Christian Science Church, 85 Tinker Street, Woodstock. $20, $15 Advance purchase  buy now
 
                                           
June 15, 12-4pm. Exhibition Preview - NYS Path Through History. 12 pm talk by Woodstock musician, Rennie Cantine. Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock.

June 29, 2-4pm. Opening reception – Woodstock Music: In Tune With the Times, 1600-Present
Refreshments, music by Rennie Cantine and Sabrina Miller. Exhibit open 1-5. Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock. 
                             Lake Hill Band, c late 1800s
June 29, 7:30 pm. Performance - Woodstock Music: Colonists, Warriors, Witches, a presentation with instruments, song, and shadow puppetry, exploring music history in the Woodstock area from 1600's through early 1900's. Woodstock Community Center. 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock.  Donations appreciated.

July 13, 12 pm. Panel discussion -The 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. 
Ars Chorals Concert, 2016, Photo: Hank Sykes

August 3, 7 pm. Concert - Rock Academy Alumni Reunion and Liz Mitchell with Nancy Chusid. Christian Science Church, 85 Tinker Street, Woodstock. $10

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

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 
 Colony        
H. Houst & Son Inc.       
Overlook Bikes
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.


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