Press Release 7-13-14

Historical Society of Woodstock Press Release

Contact: Richard Heppner

914 388-1725

New Exhibit Opens Sunday at the Historical Society of Woodstock

Within the 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 the future.

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.

The Historical 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, or visit