Eames House - 20 Comeau Drive, PO Box 841 
                        Woodstock, NY 12498
                             845 679-225
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.
HSW Building Project
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The Historical Society presents:

"Here's Looking At You"


Portraits and self-portraits on canvas and through the lens.
Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5 pm  
through August 28.
details below

"Recent Acquisitions"
details below

"Excavating the Hidden History 
of Our Modern-day Roads"
Presentation by Myles Putman
Saturday, August 27, at 1 p.m. 
details below


"Excavating the Hidden History of Our Modern-day Roads: 
Research Adventures in the Pre-Internet Age.”

Presentation by Myles Putman
Member, Town of Saugerties Preservation Commission

Saturday, August 27, at 1 p.m. 

Myles Putman will present an illustrated presentation entitled "Excavating 
the Hidden History of Our Modern-day Roads: Research Adventures in the 
Pre-Internet Age.” The lecture will cover the technical innovations in 
transportation that arose in the late 1800’s. These affected the modes of 
transportation and the pathways in use at that time. In particular, the advent 
of the automobile did much to change the design, construction, maintenance, responsibility and repair of our 
roads during the early and mid-1900's. Pitman is a self-admitted "road-geek," who has been studying and 
investigating roads, particularly the early state highways of New York and the county road systems in Ulster 
County, for many years. Myles is a member of the Town of Saugerties Preservation Commission, a member 
of the Steering Committee, Friends of Historic Saugerties, and President of Ars Choralis. He also owns MLPC, 
a municipal planning company. 

The talk takes place at the Historical Society of Woodstock at 20 Comeau Drive. Light refreshments will be served 
and there is a suggested donation of $5. For more info call 845-679-8111.

“The Delaware & Hudson Canal: Nineteenth Century Engine of Prosperity” 

Presentation by Bill Merchant,
President of the Delaware & Hudson Canal 
Historical Society

Sunday, July 10, 1 pm

Bill Merchant, President of the Delaware and Hudson Canal 
Historical Society, will discuss the history of the Delaware and 
Hudson Canal. His PowerPoint presentation, “The Delaware & 
Hudson Canal: Nineteenth Century Engine of Prosperity,” will 
outline the history of the canal and make note of the many 
industries that benefited from its construction. Period pictures from the Delaware and Hudson Canal Society’s archives 
will illustrate his talk. The canal is credited with the rise of the Rondout as a Hudson River port. Construction commenced 
on the canal in 1825 and it took three years to build. The canal linked the Pennsylvania coal fields with the Hudson Valley 
and by 1870 three million tons of coal were being moved. It was a major engine in the prosperity of Rondout. However, 
with the rise of the railroads its value as a transportation hub declined and it closed in 1898.
 
The suggested donation for this lecture is $5. For more info please call 845-679-8111 or email info@woodstockarts.com

"A Brief History of Saugerties"
Presentation & Book Signing by
Michael Sullivan Smith

Sunday, July 17, 1 pm

Michael Sullivan Smith will discuss the rich history of Saugerties—from its
days of discovery in 1609, through its time as a ground-breaking industrial
powerhouse in the 1800s. In addition, Smith will explore the common history
and connections between Saugerties and Woodstock. For example, his
illustrated talk will touch on the Saugerties and Woodstock Turnpike and the
shared artistic heritage of the two towns. Smith is the author of "A Brief
History of Saugerties", published last month by The History Press. He is a past
Saugerties Town Historian and is one of Saugerties’s first historic preservation
commissioners. After the talk, Michael will take questions and sign copies of his book.

The suggested donation for this lecture is $5. For more info please call 845-679-8111.

The Historical Society of Woodstock presents:
"Here's Looking At You" - Portraits and self-portraits on canvas and through the lens.
Opening Saturday, June 18, 1-5 pm ... continuing Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5 pm  through August 28.

Portraits and self-portraits offer an artist's perception 
of how others are seen and how they might see 
themselves. When combined, they can also reflect 
on the character and diversity of a community. 
Visitors to the Historical Society will have the 
opportunity to view how Woodstock artists and 
photographers have depicted themselves and fellow 
Woodstockers over the years in both realistic and 
stylized forms. 

The exhibit features works including Woodstock artists: 
Charles Rosen, Jane Jones, Carl Lindin, Jo Cantine 
and many more. Combined with large-scale photographs, 
many of which depict local townspeople during the first-half of the 20th century, the exhibition offers a glimpse at the unique 
diversity of individuals that have come together to craft Woodstock's story over the years. 
Photo Credits: Lillis and Ray Allen, 1948 / Karl Fortess Self-portrait, 1946 (HSW Collection)  Press Release

"Recent Acquisitions"

Augusta Allen (Woodstock Dress), Robert Angeloch (prints), Mara MacDonald Angeloch (print), Mary Anna Goetz (painting), 
Clarence Bolton (painting), Franklin Drake (painting), Bryn Kelsey (painting), Livingston Three Lives Lease (document), 
Althea Odell (painting), John Pike (artists inscribed bench & eagle), Fritzie Striebel (table).

Wine Tasting Benefit for the Historical Society of Woodstock Building Fund
Saturday June 11, 6:00 - 9:00 pm 

Historical Society of Woodstock
20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, N.Y.

Tickets: $30.00 - Tickets avialbale at the door or
Click here to purchase tickets
(Note: You do not have to be a PayPal subscriber to purchase 
tickets online. Tickets purchased online will be available at the door.) 

Featuring wine specialists:
Dr. David Baggett and Tina Grill

Music by Wild Swan
Hors D'oeuvres & Silent Auction
 press release
                        Painting by: Lily Geltman (HSW Collection)
The Historical Society of Woodstock presents 

GREEN STREETS at Upstate Films/Woodstock 

Green Streets
, an award-winning film on community gardening, 
will be screened at Upstate Films/Woodstock. This inspiring film 
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 
in Washington, DC.  Press Release

Maria DeLuca will introduce the film and take questions from the audience after the screening. 
Reception to follow.

Saturday, April 23, 1:00 pm
Upstate Films/Woodstock
Admission is $10.
All proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Woodstock Building Fund.

Thank you all for your support!

Sponsored by: Ulster Savings, Paraco/Kosco, H. Houst & Son, Inc, Blue Mountain Gardens,
& Adams Fairacre Farms.
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.

HSW Building Project

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The Historical Society of Woodstock 

Estate Sale

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
and drawings.

Much of its fine art collection is represented by the works of noted artists created during Woodstock's rise as a premiere
art colony.

Woodstock Times

Woodstock Historical Society seeks expansion

by VIOLET SNOW on Apr 2, 2015 • 5:00 pm
                                                                        (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

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