Historical Society of Woodstock Opens
Season May 6 With New Exhibit 

In with the Old:
Recent Acquisitions of the Historical Society of Woodstock 

Opening Reception Saturday, 

May 6, 2023, 3–5 p.m.; 

Tool Shed preview 2 p.m.

Exhibit continues Saturdays & Sundays May 6 through 28, 1–5 p.m.

Location: Historical Society of Woodstock, 20 Comeau Dr., Woodstock NY 12498

Admission free

Diary excerpt from Florence Ballin Cramer’s diary, 1941

John Pike illustration for Bank of Orange Building with Longyear home in background

“In with the Old: Recent Acquisitions of the Historical Society of Woodstock” will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm through May 28. The Historical Society of Woodstock is located at 20 Comeau Drive in Woodstock.

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the 2023 program season at the Historical Society of Woodstock with the exhibition, “In with the Old: Recent Acquisitions of the Historical Society of Woodstock.” Beginning Saturday May 6, the Society offers a wonderful opportunity to get a glimpse inside the HSW Archives and see what recent donations, including artifacts, artwork, letters. photographs, clothing, and more that are now part of HSW’s diverse collection representing Woodstock’s unique story.


An Original Woodstock Dress

The Historical Society of Woodstock will host an opening reception from 3:00–5:00 pm on May 6th.Refreshments will be served, and admission is free. 

Until the beginning of the 20th century the Town of Woodstock was an agricultural rural community. The town was largely self-sufficient in that people grew or produced most of what they needed to live a good life. The Tool Shed exhibit will tell some of the stories of the people of Woodstock from the mid- 1800s until the mid-1900s, showing a sample of the types of work in which these people engaged through the tools on display.

Preceding the reception, at 2 p.m., HSW will unveil the newly renovated Tool Shed exhibit and a permanent Woodstock History Exhibit.

The Historical Society of Woodstock was founded in 1929 by a group of artists, writers, academics, and local citizens. In addition to the exhibition space, which is located at the historic Eames House on Comeau Drive in the center of Woodstock, the Historical Society has an extensive archive consisting of paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, textiles, photographs, books, manuscripts, correspondence, documents, film/sound recordings, and antique tools. The archive serves as a resource for a wide range of exhibitions, public programming, and research.