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.

All Creatures Great & Small
Selections from the HSW permanent collection

"Deer and Fawns", Rosella Hartman (oil on board)
October 6 - October 28, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays 1-5 pm

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All Creatures Great & Small  
Selections from the Historical Society permanent collection.
"Cat Playing the Piano", watercolor, John G. Ernst
October 6 - October 28, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays 1-5 pm

Historical Society Goes to the Animals with New Exhibit:

Animals have long captured the eye of the artist. And, over the years, Woodstock artists have not been immune to applying their creative skills to interpreting the animal world. On October 6, the Historical Society of Woodstock will unveil a new exhibit dedicated to the many ways Woodstock artists have depicted various creatures over the years. From Marion Ballard’s timeless stories and illustrations of the creatures in her garden, to the whimsical cats of John Ernst’s water colors, to Winnifred Haile’s carved wooden dogs and woodland creatures, HSW has opened its archives to offer a look at the love affair between Woodstock artists and the animals that drew their interest.
(image: etching, Susanne Koster Brown, 1989)

With an opening party on October 6 from 3-5 pm, all are invited to enjoy the art, books and toys of a number of Woodstock artists including: Charles Rosen, Ethel Magafan, Rosella Hartman, Bruce Ackerman and many more. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit, “All Creatures Great and Small,” will continue on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of October between the hours of 1-5 pm.

Also on October 6, the Historical Society will unveil its newly created 2019 calendar depicting various scenes representing Woodstock history. The calendar is available in the Historical Society’s gift shop.

The Historical Society of Woodstock is located at 20 Comeau Drive. As always, admission is free. For more on HSW go to www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org or visit on Facebook at Historical Woodstock.

Service – The History of the Woodstock Fire Department.

June 30, through September 2, 2018, Saturdays & Sundays 1-5 pm

The opening for the exhibit will take place on Saturday afternoon, June 30, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Visitors attending the opening will not only have the opportunity to examine the remarkable 112 year history of the department, but will also enjoy free hot dogs, the appearance of a vintage Woodstock firetruck and fire hats for all children. The exhibit will continue each Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm throughout the summer.

Culled from the archives of the Department’s five companies, the new exhibit, through photographs, artifacts and text, looks back at the dedication to  

Photo: George Eichorn & Bruce Renolds

service the Woodstock community by the men and women of the Department. From putting their lives on the line, training, community programs, and their response in times of emergencies, the exhibit honors all who have volunteered their service to the Woodstock community over the years.

The Historical Society of Woodstock is located on Comeau Drive, directly across from the Woodstock Town Hall. General parking is available in the lower Comeau parking lot and accessible parking is available on site. As always, admission is free. For more information on the Historical Society, go to www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org or visit on Facebook at “Historical Woodstock.” 

Photo: Wittenberg, Ken Reynolds

Sunday, August 19, 12-1:00 pm
FIREHOUSE LORE
Panel discussion "Firehouse Lore" - featuring stories and remembrances 
of the Woodstock Fire Department

On Sunday August 19, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm, the Historical Society of Woodstock will continue to honor the history of the Woodstock Fire Department with a panel discussion reflecting on stories, remembrances, and the importance of volunteering as offered by Department veterans. Joining the panel will be Jim Hanson, Michael Densen and Howard Shultis. The panel will be moderated by Woodstock Town Historian, Richard Heppner. Also on Sunday, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, the Historical Society bakers will hold forth with a bake sale as only HSW can. Proceeds from the delicious homemade treats will benefit the Society’s building fund
Meads Mountain House-Barn Fire

The Historical Society of Woodstock is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization
serving Woodstock since 1929.
1941 Firemans Convention

Photo: Woodstock Rescue Squad
     
Photos by JoAnn Margolis 
 


Letter from the HSW President - May, 2018
Dear Friends,
The Historical Society of Woodstock has been exploding with activity. Our renovated building has allowed us to welcome in 2017 well over 1000 visitors to four exhibitions, four informational presentations - including a presentation by Woodstock children on local history - and two very well supported fund raising activities. As a result of our summer exhibition Gathering Woodstock Women…HSW published a collection of essays and photos of over 80 Woodstock women who in their lifetime contributed to the Woodstock story. 

Activity in the HSW Archives has included the addition of new volunteers, the receipt of an Arts Mid-Hudson grant to help support our work in completing the collection data base, the addition of 26 new donations to our archives including, a collection of Woodstock Art books and a collection of fans, catalogs, and photos from Rotron, the continuing of the cataloging and organization of our extensive art collection as well as working with more than 25 researchers utilizing our archives in their work.

Preparations for 2018, 2019, and 2020 exhibitions and programs are underway and our first well attended fundraiser took place in April of this year. We are so appreciative of all the support we continue to receive from the Woodstock community. The Historical Society of Woodstock is an all-volunteer organization. It is only with your support that we will be able to continue our efforts in providing excellent local history programming and maintaining extensive and accessible archives. We hope that you will renew your HSW Membership or become a member for the first time. All donations of $100 or more will be recognized on our HSW Donation Tree, beautifully crafted by Rennie Cantine.

As Historical Society of Woodstock continues to grow, we strive to find ways to best meet the needs of our community and the HSW Collection. This year, we would like to purchase a storage building for supplies and equipment to allow us to convert some of our present space into better research facilities. When completing your membership form, we hope you will designate an additional contribution to our HSW SHED Fund. Our goal for this project is $6,000.

Again…many heartfelt thanks for your support…please come and visit us this summer as we celebrate the history of the Woodstock Fire Department – exhibition opening June 30, 2018. Check out our website – www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org and follow us on Facebook at Historical Woodstock to learn about the many wonderful activities and programs we have planned for this year.

Sincerely,

Deborah Heppner. President
Historical Society of Woodstock

2018 Estate Sale!

Third Annual Community Estate Sale
Saturday, April 7 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 8 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
From eclectic to practical ... 
Something for everyone including: furniture, paintings, children's toys, books, tools, jewelry, art supplies, baskets, collectibles & vintage household items.