Historical Society of Woodstock Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Woodstock, N.Y. - 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.
Founded in 1929, the Historical Society of Woodstock continues to fulfill the mission set forth by
its founders to document, preserve and make accessible to the public Woodstock's unique story.
Its archives serve to support a wide range of exhibitions, public programming and research. The
Society also works collaboratively with other Woodstock cultural institutions in support of their
public programming. In addition, works from the collection have been on view at the
Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York State Museum and the Dorsky Museum at
SUNY New Paltz.
The National Endowment for the Arts is a federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest
funders of humanities programs in the United States. In making the announcement, NEH
Chairman William D. Adams offered, "NEH provides support for projects across America that
preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America’s
humanities ideas available to all Americans. We are proud to announce this latest group of
grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and
culture to Americans.”
The Historical Society of Woodstock, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates through a
dedicated, all-volunteer staff and Board of Directors. During the course of its recently concluded
2015 season, the Society, while serving a variety of research requests and offering a number of
presentations on local history, also exceeded recent attendance records through such exhibits
as, "Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason" and "Woodstock - The Way We Were," a
photographic essay. 2015 also saw HSW launch its first-ever building fund campaign with
construction of an accessible bathroom and other building improvements currently underway.
The Historical Society of Woodstock is located at 20 Comeau Drive in Woodstock and can be
reached by e-mailing email@example.com. For more on Woodstock history, you can
also go to the Society's web site at www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org or visit their Facebook
page at "Historical Woodstock."