Dear Members and Friends, March 15, 2021

When I prepared last year’s membership letter, I could not envision how 2020 was going to unfold. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I hope that you are all well and ready to emerge, as the Historical Society of Woodstock (HSW) is, into a semblance of a new normal.

Despite the pandemic shut down, the HSW has continued its mission to preserve and collect pertinent items as they relate to the multilayered history of Woodstock, NY. The work in the archives this year has concentrated on updating the database files for consistency as well as entering additional cataloged collections. As our research demands and interactions with other professional organizations have increased over the past few years, we are more dependent on accessing the information in our computer database.

Utilizing ZOOM, the HSW has been able to hold its monthly board meetings as well as one meeting of the newly established Advisory Council. Also, the HSW held three successful Zoom events that were well attended by the public: Tobe Carey introduced his new documentary Mountain River: The Esopus Creek, Headwaters to the Hudson. Will Nixon presented his updated Pocket Guide to Woodstock. Lastly, Richard Heppner interviewed Ed Sanders about his new work- Alf Evers: An American Genius.

Construction on the new office space was completed in 2020. Presently it is being used by our volunteers and when we return to more normal times it will be available to the community for research. The HSW has also embarked on the renovation of the shed located next to Eames that houses HSW’s collection of farm and work tools. Please see the reverse of this letter for more information.


HSW was fortunate to have been awarded four grants this past year:

· William G. Pomeroy Foundation awarded $1,200 towards the renovation of the new ADA compliant office and to equip it with new research equipment and software.

· The New York State Humanities awarded $3,984 in support of the Standing on their Shoulders exhibition.

· Furthermore grants in publishing, awarded the Society $3,500 for the Seasons: Catching Natures Cycle exhibition catalog.

· Arts Mid-Hudson awarded $2,950 for archiving support.

The HSW will open for its 92nd season in May. A plan has been developed, following NYS and CDC guidelines, to allow you to safely experience three amazing exhibits. We are pleased to announce the following exhibit schedule for 2021:

Works in Wire: May 8 – May 30

Seasons: Catching Natures Cycle: June 12- September 5

Standing on Their Shoulders: September 18 – October 23

The Historical Society of Woodstock is a member-supported, volunteer-managed organization and your membership and/or shed renovation contributions are vital for the continuation of our programs and services. Please use the enclosed form or go to the web site to make your donation.


Janine Fallon- Mower

President- Board of Trustees