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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Jennifer Maidman Band
with special guest, Elly Wininger

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

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Exhibition & Event Schedule, 2019:
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 

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
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
The First Church of Christ
Shakti Yoga


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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For further information and press inquiries, email: woodstockhistory@hvc.rr.co
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.
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.


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