Eames House - 20 Comeau Drive, PO Box 841 |
Woodstock, NY 12498
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.
Wine Tasting Event: Saturday June 11
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Historical Society Building Project
Thanks to the generous support from our Woodstock community, we are 85% done! We still need a bit more to complete our accessible bathroom and building renovation.
Please support the
HSW Building Project
The Historical Society of Woodstock presents
GREEN STREETS at Upstate Films/Woodstock Green Streets
, an award-winning film on community gardening,
documents a wide-range of culturally diverse community gardens
that were established in each of New York City’s five boroughs
during the 1970s and 1980s.
Green Streets premiered on PBS “P.O.V. – The American
Documentary” on August 21,1990. It went on to be screened
around the world at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlin,
Germany), the Creteil International Women’s Festival (Paris,
France), and the American Film and Video Festival (San Francisco).
Banana Kelly Community Garden, South Bronx. Photo: Maria DeLuca
The documentary also had prestigious screenings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Kennedy Center
Maria DeLuca will introduce the film and take questions from the audience after the screening.
Reception to follow.
Filmmaker Maria DeLuca 1980s. photo: Ray Doohue
Historical Society Building Project - 85% done!
Thanks to the generous support from our Woodstock community, we are 85% done! We still need a bit more to complete
our accessible bathroom and building renovation. Please consider supporting the Historical Society of Woodstock.
click on arrow above to view our progress
The Historical Society of Woodstock
Saturday April 2 & Sunday April 3
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
On Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm,
the Historical Society of Woodstock will host an estate sale
featuring items recently offered to the Society by a longtime
member. The sale features such items as: antique shutters,
candlesticks, wooden tool chest, small tables and other furniture,
crocks, wooden cooking implements, dishes, lamps, women's
clothing and much more. In addition, the Society will also offer
a number of local history books on sale.
All proceeds from the sale will directly support the Historical
Society's building fund. The Historical Society of Woodstock is
located at 20 Comeau Drive, across from the Woodstock Town
Hall on Tinker St. Due to limited parking, visitors not requiring accessible parking are asked to park in the Lower Comeau
parking lot and then follow the path to the Society. Cars can be brought to the Society's driveway for loading once purchases
are made. There is no parking on Comeau Drive itself. For more on Woodstock history, visit on Facebook at "Historical
Woodstock." No early birds, please. Thank you all for your support!
Historical Society of Woodstock
Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
On December 14th, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced that the Historical Society of Woodstock has
been awarded an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions.
The grant, totaling $6,000, will go to the purchase of archival supplies, materials and equipment to enhance the Society's
continued efforts to preserve its extensive collection of photographs, original documents, textiles, genealogies, paintings
Much of its fine art collection is represented by the works of noted artists created during Woodstock's rise as a premiere
Woodstock Historical Society seeks expansion
(Photo by Dion Ogust)
When the Historical Society of Woodstock (HSW) was founded in 1929, its goal was to preserve the stories of the town. Members wrote essays and gathered in people’s homes on Sundays to read their stories aloud over tea and cookies. Over time, townspeople started giving historical items to the Society. “Because of Woodstock’s history, our collection is unusual,” commented Richard Heppner, the current town historian. “It’s about a little mountain town and an artists’ colony and how they blend.”
The collection of artifacts and writings has lived in a series of local buildings, settling in the Eames House on the Comeau Property in the 1980s. The HSW is seeking to raise $60,000 to upgrade the historic building by putting in a much-needed ground-floor bathroom, a small kitchen, and other improvements.
“The overarching problem is the bathroom,” said Janine Mower, chair of the fundraising committee. Visitors must climb 18 steps to get to the facilities, walking through the archive storage areas. “It’s a barrier to people to come and learn about Woodstock history,” she noted. “It’s inhospitable to someone in a wheelchair or a person who has arthritis and can’t climb the stairs. You’re also coming into the archive space, so it requires an escort to make sure the archives stay where they are. And we don’t want water near the archives, in case there’s a leak.”
A 12-foot by 16-foot one-story addition will include a handicapped-accessible bathroom and a small kitchen for preparing snacks to be served during openings and other events. The exterior of the addition will be clad in the same style as the rest of the building. Other improvements will include updating the electrical system, installing better lighting in the exhibition room, and shoring up the foundation, which has had water issues.
The last building upgrade was done ten years ago, when insulation, new windows, and a heating system made the structure usable year-round for research and events. The new changes will enable the Society to expand programming, particularly for children. “We had a children’s club at one point,” noted HSW president Deborah Heppner. “We did a building project where each child picked a building in Woodstock and made a model of it and researched its history. We also did a garden project with them, and one on roads. But kids need to have a proper bathroom.”
By the way, many of the essays written by those early HSW members were published as booklets and have been kept in print by the present Society. Mower and the Heppners are among the members who continue to research and write volumes on Woodstock history, all of them available for purchase at the Eames House.
The Historical Society of Woodstock museum, located at 20 Comeau Drive, is open to the public on weekends in summer and fall and during scheduled events year-round. The archives are open to researchers by appointment. For information, or to make a donation to the building fund, seehttp://www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org or contact Richard and Deborah Heppner at 845-679-2143. Checks may be mailed to PO Box 841, Woodstock, NY 12498.
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"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