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2012 Exhibitions and Events

      "Holiday Card", Maud and Miska Petersham, circa 1940, collection of the Historical Society.

Historical Society of Woodstock

Eames House -   telephone: 845 679-2256
20 Comeau Drive, PO Box 841, 
Woodstock, NY 12498          

Founded in 1929 by a group of artists, writers, academics, and local citizens, the Historical Society of Woodstock is committed to shaping our future through a shared understanding of our past. In addition to the exhibition space, which is located at the historic Eames House in the center of Woodstock, the Historical Society has an extensive archive consisting of paintings, as well as prints, drawings, and sculpture, textiles, photographs, books and manuscripts, correspondence/documents, film/sound recordings, and antique tools. The archive serves as a resource for a wide range of exhibitions and public programming. In recent years, the Historical Society has organized a number of outstanding exhibitions on the Byrdcliffe and Maverick art colonies – as well as other local themes. Exhibitions and programs are presented during the summer and fall. The Historical Society of Woodstock recently received a grant from the NYS Council on the Arts to begin the process of upgrading storage for the collection. more

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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 (including Petersham card above)
Fall - Winter 2012 Exhibitions/Events:

Exhibition of vintage holiday cards 
... a tribute to Maud and Miska Petersham 

Opening: Exhibit and Holiday Sale
Friday, December 7, 4-8:00 pm

... featuring note cards with paintings from the Historical Society 
collection (see above), tins of home-made cookies, the “Historical 
Society Cookie Cookbook", hand-made mittens, books and DVDs 
on local history, vintage postcards, and more.

Please join us for home-made cookies and hot cider!

Holiday Card by Maud and Miska Petersham circa 1932 (silk screen print)

Maud and Miska Petersham: children's books

Maud and Miska Petersham: bisque nativity
HSW Exhibit: A Tribute to Maud and Miska Petersham

Exhibit and Holiday Sale continues

Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 12-4:00 pm

This event will be rescheduled: "Under the North Light”, presentation and book signing 
Saturday, December 8, 2-3:00 pm            Woodstock Times review NY Times review
Woodstock native Larence Webster is the author of “Under the North Light”, 
the first book about children’sbook authors and illustrators Maud and Miska Petersham.
                   Petersham Reinhard Collection
                      Maud and Miska Petersham at their Woodstock home in the early 1950s.

The book has received much positive attention from historians and collectors of 
children's literature. For this talk Lawrence will focus Maud and Miska's lives in 
Woodstock and their contributions to the creative, social, and cultural life of the town 
we find so engaging.    
Illustration from "Miki and Mary: Their Search for Treasures", a book written and illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham for Viking in 1934. 

"Winter Tales: Stories and Family Art Workshop”

Sunday, December 16, 1-3:00 pm

Storyteller Jill Olesker will tell winter tales based on the books from Maud and Miska Petersham. Then, inspired by these 
stories and the exhibit of Woodstock artists' holiday cards, you are invited join WAAM arts educator Beth Humphrey to 
create your own memorable cards.

Woodstock History:  Thanksgiving Morning Walk - Thursday, November 22, 9:30 a.m.
The Historical Society of Woodstock will offer a Thanksgiving morning 
history walk about the village this Thursday beginning at 9:30 a.m. 
The walk will begin at the corner of Maple Lane and Deanies Alley by 
the fleamarket. Janine Mower will offer insights into the evolution of our 
town and discuss some of the tales and people that make-up our story. 
The walk is in support of the Historical Society's building fund and 
enhancement of its archival storage facilities.  

A suggested donation of $10 is requested.

**Annual Membership Meeting:  Sunday, October 14, 2012, 3:00 pm, Eames House
Members of the Historical Society re-elected (left to right) Richard Heppner, Deborah Heppner, Kathy Anderson to the Board 
of Trustees.    more

Comeau Day: 
Saturday, September 29, 11-4:00 p.m. Comeau Day Schedule           Press Release

                cider pressing
                                                              photos by Alan Carey 2012

                                                                                                    corn husk doll making
Spring - Summer 2012 Exhibitions/Events:

Exhibition: After the War was Over June 29 - August 26, 2012 

Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

This exhibition explores the emergence of Woodstock from a 
small town into a thriving, growing community.  As men and 
women returned from war, Woodstock experienced soaring 
population, increased property values, increased tourism, and 
the revival of the art colony as new artists settled into the 
community.  (more below)

(left) The original Deanie's... the trolley that Deanie Elwyn 
purchased for $700 in 1934, eventually buried between Wok & 
Roll & Not Fade Away, formerly Joyous Lake.
Photo courtesy of John Elwyn.

Sonia Malkine to Speak, Saturday, July 21, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
This event has been postponed ...
On May 10, 1940, the German army crossed into northern France. With the sound of 
Nazi cannons in the distance, a young Sonia Malkine was finishing her high school 
graduating exams. Shortly before the Nazis entered Paris, Sonia and her mother fled 
Paris in a truck provided by Quakers her mother was working for. Though she would 
return to Paris not long after, Sonia realized she was in danger of arrest as her boss 
at the time had become a Nazi sympathizer. Once again she fled Paris to find refuge 
in the town of Toulouse. Two years later, at the age of twenty, Sonia joined the 15th 
Division of Guerilleros, a Spanish resistance group fighting along side the French 
Resistance. She would spend the remainder of the war as a messenger for her unit.

Opening reception Friday, June 29, 7:00 pm: "An evening remembered ..." 

Perry Beekman, jazz guitarist and vocalist, will be performing at the opening reception. 
Beekman is a guitarist and vocalist deeply rooted in the classic tradition of jazz. 
Perry's swinging, melodic guitar playing beautifully complements his easy-going vocals. 
Now based in Woodstock, New York, Perry has been playing in jazz clubs, and at 
private and corporate events throughout New York City for the past 25 years. He has 
performed at such prominent venues as the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel, The JVC 
Jazz Festival, and the Maverick Concert Hall.

After the War was Over -  Post WW II Woodstock and the building of a community.
Fundamentally altered by their experiences, the men and women who returned to Woodstock at the end of World War II 
found a town that had also changed during their absence. Like them, Woodstock had been shaped, it's path redirected, by 
the war as well. Fading were the differences and past antagonisms between “old” and “new” Woodstockers. 

Woodstock was a town eager to move on; eager to explore a new-found sense of community resulting from the shared 
experiences of the Great Depression and a World War. Growth was on the horizon, in spirit, size and in Woodstock’s own 
sense of who we were.

It was both an exciting and challenging era for Woodstock and the Historical Society of Woodstock has captured those 
times in it’s 2012 summer exhibit: After the War was Over: Post WW II Woodstock and the Building of a Community. 
Through photographs, art work, newspapers, documents, and other ephemera and artifacts, the Historical Society has 
pieced together a number of the elements that shaped and moved Woodstock during the post-World War II years.

Local musicians at a party in Woodstock after the war.
(photo courtesy of Deborah Heppner)

This exhibition will explore the emergence of Woodstock from a small town into a thriving, growing community. As men 
and women returned from the war, Woodstock experienced soaring population, increased property values, increased 
tourism, and the revival of the art colony as new artists settled into this community. With the arrival of Rotron, IBM and 
other new modern businesses, came the development of such institutions as banks, a supermarket, a new elementary 
school, new churches, restaurants, bars, and shops, as post World War II Woodstock began to take shape. There was an 
increase in the number of out-of-towners who came to Woodstock, especially on summer weekends. As the Woodstock 
"Weekly Window" commented in 1948, many of these people (labelled "trudgers") "trudged purposefully about the village 
in search of something or other, which they never seem to find". For more information call 845 679-2143  Press Release
Woodstock Elementary School rises in the shadow of Overlook.
Though the sting of Holley Cantine's "The Wasp" indicates that not everyone is happy with the future direction of Woodstock.

"Table at Deanie's" with original menus, china, postcards.
HSW Exhibition installation.

"The Architectural History & Guide", May 19, 2:00 pm

On Saturday, May 19th at 2 p.m. William B. Rhoads will be giving a talk 
and reading selections from his book Ulster County, New York, The 
Architectural History & Guide. This book is a guide to 325 sites in all 20 
Ulster County townships and the city of Kingston. The profusely illustrated 
376-page guide captures the variety and changing architectural styles that 
have appeared over nearly 300 years in the Hudson River Valley and Catskill 
Mountains, from the 17th century Dutch limestone houses of the colonial 
era, through the Federal and Victorian periods, up to the Modernist 
architecture of the mid-1950s. This free event is part of the
New York State Heritage Weekend Promotion and will take place at the 
Historical Society of Woodstock/Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive, 
Woodstock, NY. 

Refreshments will be served. 
For more information call 845-679-8111. Press release

"Woodstock Roads: A History – What's In A Name?"May 19-20, 2-4 pm

That's exactly what the two fifth grade classes at Woodstock 
Elementary School set out to discover. Jill Olesker, storyteller and 
oral historian, and JoAnn Margolis, Historical Society of Woodstock 
archivist, created this project. They collaborated with Kenneth 
Behling, Woodstock Elementary School librarian, to help students 
explore the history of their town. Art teacher Roberta Ziemba worked 
with her classes to create paintings inspired by the roads they 
researched, which will be used as road signs at the exhibit.

Students researched information on local roads using books, photos, 
documents from the Historical Society archives, and talks with local
historians. They created Wiki sites and annotated Google maps with assistance from Mr. Behling. 

The students’ work, together with relevant pieces from the Historical Society’s archives, will be exhibited from 2-4 pm on 
Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 at the Historical Society’s Museum, 20 Comeau Drive (just above the municipal 
parking lot) in Woodstock. In celebration of the project, students will give a presentation of their work on Sunday from 2-4 pm. 

Come and satisfy your curiosity about the roads we pass every day and support the work of young historians. 

Refreshments will be served.
For more information call 679-2143

JoAnn Margolis, HSW Archivist.                                    Students viewing the installation of their work.