Historical Society of
Woodstock Press Release
New Exhibit Opens
Sunday at the Historical Society of Woodstock
archives of the Historical Society of Woodstock rest a multitude of connections
to Woodstock's past. Some of those connections are obvious, such as items
directly related to the founding of the art colony in the early 20th century.
And yet, the breath of Woodstock history offers roads of exploration unimagined
by many. With its new exhibit, ...a few of
our favorite things, HSW presents a look at items from the archives
that have traveled many of those disparate byways. Choosing from items that
have been rarely presented to the public, HSW Board members offer an exhibit
that explores the diversity of Woodstock history while underscoring that, from
its many stories, came a community that would be known the world over.
Featuring such items
as maps that explore the Woodstock that once was, 19th century artifacts from
the Down Rent War and Woodstock's glass factories, farm implements, political
collages, unique photographs and stereoscopes, the Woodstock Bicentennial
Quilt, early printing, dishes that once adorned tables at Woodstock parties,
school band uniforms and period clothing,
...a few of our favorite things will
offer the visitor a unique, multifaceted look back at Woodstock's journey into
To celebrate the
opening of this new exhibit, the public is invited to an opening party on
Sunday July 13 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Historical Society located on Comeau Drive.
While enjoying the exhibit, visitors will also be treated to an array of
wonderful food including, salads, hot dogs, drinks and desserts. As always,
admission is free.
The opening will also
serve as the unofficial kickoff for the Historical Society's building fund
campaign as the Society, looking towards the future, seeks to improve and
enhance its facilities in the coming year. As the Historical Society has grown
over the past few years, so too have the demands placed on the facility. As a
result, in an effort to keep pace with that growth, plans are currently in
development towards creating an improved environment for our visitors. During
the opening party, Board members will be on hand to answer questions about the
facility, the workings of HSW and how the Woodstock community can join in the
preservation of its own history.
Also in July, HSW
will explore the world of Ulster County bluestone through a talk by Peter
Roberts. Once a major industry in Woodstock and surrounding areas, bluestone
from Ulster County was shipped south in the latter half of the 19th century to
form many of the sidewalks in cities such as New York and Philadelphia and to
adorn the properties of the wealthy in urban areas. Roberts' talk will be held
on July 19 at 2:00 pm.
Society of Woodstock is located on Comeau Drive and parking is available in
either the lower or upper Comeau parking lots. Handicap parking is available
on-site. For more information, e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit