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Board Members

Katherine M Anderson:  Kathy moved to Woodstock from New Jersey when she married Walt in 1970. She worked for the Town of Woodstock for almost 25 years and retired in 2003 after 10 years as Town Clerk.  Kathy has served as both secretary and treasurer of the Historical Society.  She chairs the hospitality committee and is renowned for her incredible cookies and delicious ice tea. She is an active community volunteer and loves to read, knit, and embroider. She and Walt have two grown sons.
 

Weston Blelock:  Weston is a co-founder of WoodstockArts, a publishing, producing and marketing company based in Woodstock. Among other endeavors, they produce award-winning art books with Woodstock subjects and themes. In the spring of 2015 they published Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason by Joseph P. Eckhardt, which tied in with the recent exhibition on Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason at the Historical Society. Weston is a past member of the HSW board (2003 to 2012). During that time he spearheaded a revision of the HSW bylaws, wrote a successful application for a CAP Grant, and in 2010 co-curated the exhibition, Folksongs of the Catskills, the Spirit of Camp Woodland. More recently, as a member of the HSW Fundraising and Building Advisory Board, Weston organized the screening of Radio Unnameable, and the Tom Pacheco benefit concert. Blelock has also served on the board of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts and the Woodstock Library Wi-Fi Task Force. He arrived in Woodstock in the mid-1950s and is dedicated to preserving the history of the town.

Deborah Allen Heppner:  Deborah was born and raised in Woodstock. She is a graduate of Onteora High School and received a BA in Psychology from Manhattanville College.  She has been employed by the Mental Health Association of Ulster County for the past 24 years. Deborah has served as curator for the exhibits for the Historical Society since 2002 and has served as Board President for the past five years. She is married to Town Historian Richard Heppner and has two grown children.

Richard Heppner:  Richard has served as the Town of Woodstock Historian since 2001 and has been a member of the Historical Society Board of Directors since 2002. A graduate of Onteora High School, he received his BA in Political Science and History from SUNY Albany and his MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research. After many years as a faculty member at SUNY Orange, he has served as Chair of the Arts and Communication Department, Associate Vice President of Liberal Arts and as Vice President of Academic Affairs.  He retired from SUNY Orange in August of 2011.

During his tenure as Town Historian, he has worked closely with the Historical Society to insure that history of our town is not only preserved, but assessable.  He currently serves on the Board of the Artist’s Cemetery as Vice-President, is a sitting member of the Commission for Civic Design and Chairs the Alf Evers Volunteer of the Year Award Committee. In addition to numerous articles and publications on Woodstock history he is also the author of “Remembering Woodstock.” (The History Press, 2008)

JoAnn Margolis: JoAnn holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. She has done postgraduate work at Temple University and Columbia University as well as attending many archive related workshops. She recently retired after serving 21 years as a teacher as well as a School Library Media Specialist at the Woodstock Elementary School. Her strong commitment to the Woodstock community includes serving on the executive boards of the Woodstock Public Library, the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Arts, the Woodstock PTA, and the Historical Society of Woodstock, as well as organizing many town-wide events. 

Since becoming the HSW archivist in 2003, JoAnn has been instrumental in developing HSW policies and procedures and moving the organization forward focusing on recommendations made from past grants (“Get Set”, “Get Ready”, and “CAP”). She has sorted and organized the collection and solicited and trained volunteers to work in the archives, identifying, and accessioning, so the collection is more accessible to researchers, students and community members. JoAnn works with researchers to locate materials in the HSW archives for their projects.    

Janine Mower:  Though she is just a local, not a native, life long resident Janine Mower has developed a reputation of being a Woodstocker., who is passionate about preserving local history, While serving on the Bicentennial committee in 1987, she began volunteering with the Historical Society of Woodstock, helping to mount shows and promote the organization throughout the community. Janine is a past member of the HSW board 1995-2001. During her tenure on the Woodstock Library Board of Directors, (2002-2007) she worked to foster a collaborative effort between the HSW and the Woodstock Library in the area of local history record collection and retention. An Arcadia Publishing author, Janine is always ready to promote local history by giving talks and slide shows about Images of AmericaWoodstock, and Woodstock Revisited . Her self-published work, American Tapestry, the Mowers of Maple Lane, the story of Palatine descendents who relocated to Woodstock in the 19th century adds another dimension to the Woodstock, New York story. Janine works as a registered nurse and is graduated from the BSN program through the SUNY Empire State College. Janine and her husband John have 4 grandchildren who have become the 7th generation of Mowers to play in the leaves on Maple Lane.

Sue Ostrander Reynolds: Sue grew up in Willow. Her grandfather, who grew up in Silver Hollow, bought the family farm in the 1930s. Sue and her husband Mike still reside on this property with their two children. Sue has run a day care program on the fam for 21 years. Sue loves to garden, bake, crochet, hike in the woods, and take care of the animals on this small family farm. Both Sue and her husband come from families with long roots in Woodstock. Growing up in Woodstock, Sue always knew that she “never wanted to leave.” Sue has always enjoyed local history and is particularly interested in Early American times and customs.

Letitia Smith: Letitia holds a BFA in graphic arts from Pratt Institute and has recently retired after 20 years as Administrator of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. She managed the Graphics Workshop at the Woodstock Artists’ Association (1970-73). Her continued interest and involvement with photography has lead to the publication of numerous images in national and international publications.

Letitia has been a board member of the Historical Society since 2009. She documented the archive “Group 212 – an intermedia art colony,” 2009; co-curated the exhibition “Folksongs of the Catskills, the Spirit of Camp Woodland,” 2010; exhibition coordinator of "Artist Couples of Woodstock," 2014; curator of "Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason," 2015; and developed and manages the HSW website.

Karen Vos: Karen was born in Brooklyn, NY and spent her first summer in Woodstock, taking her naps under a Lilac bush in the garden of her parent’s summer cottage on Yerry Hill Road. She attended elementary school, high school, and college in New York City, but summers were always spent in Woodstock. Following college, she returned to Woodstock where she worked, married, settled in Wittenberg and had two children. Karen left Woodstock, moving to Boston, where she worked for 25 years. Karen returned to Woodstock in 2007 and is now happily residing in the house that had been her family summer cottage many years before.

Karen is the HSW Treasurer and has been involved with Historical Society entering archival information in the data base. She has been a board member since 2008 She has served on the membership committee and worked on exhibits and programs. Both of Karen’s children as well as her beautiful granddaughters reside in this area. Karen also volunteers with the Woodstock Library and Meals on Wheels,.

Jean White: Jean was born and raised in Woodstock, New York. She graduated from Pratt Institute and SUNY New Paltz. She worked as a girl guidance advisor at the Hopi Reservation in Keams Canyon, Arizona and for the Special Services US Armed Forces in Germany. She was an art teacher in New York and New Jersey until her retirement in 1991. Jean is an accomplished painter. 

Jean was a board member of the Historical Society from 2008-2011. She returned to the board in 2012. Jean has co-curated many HSW exhibitions including "Dreams in the Sky" and "Woodstock Builds a Library - 1913-2013". Her memoir of her grandmother living on Overlook Mountain was included in the HSW publication “Remembering Woodstock”. Jean was also instrumental in the HSW publication of “The Cookie Collection.” Jean coordinates the HSW volunteer program. She is also a volunteer for Woodstock Meals on Wheels.

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