2011 Exhibitions and Events
Summer 2011 Exhibitions and Events:
Exhibition: Faces and Places - A Small Town Portrait, June 18 - September 4, 2011
Longyear House on Rock City Rd.
The Woodstock Kids History Club at the Historical Society of Woodstock, under the direction of Jill Olesker, has been involved in a project called Talking Houses. Each member (including the adults helping) chose a building in the center of town that fascinated them. The reasons for their choices were varied , but once chosen the historical research began! They used the Woodstock Collection at the Woodstock Public library with the enthusiastic assistance from library director Amy Raff. They visited and worked with Town Assessor Mark Plate, interviewed people who own or remember how the buildings were used in the past and had an enormous amount of help from the Historical Society’s archivist JoAnn Margolis. Ms. Margolis both provided materials and taught them how to use them. Art teacher Linda Schultz took photos of the buildings on a walking tour with the kids so that we could use them later to help create large models. These models were constructed with Ms. Schultz’s help. Ms. Olesker helped each student choose a different approach or style to write a narrative using their research that would tell the history of their building. On Saturday, June 25, we will each duck behind our buildings and share our narratives one at a time, thus making it appear that the houses are talking! The culmination of the project will be Saturday, June 25 from 1pm-3pm at the Eames House on Comeau Drive in Woodstock. Our presentation will take place at 2 pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Holiday Open House:
It's a Historic Holiday!
John Pike cover for Colliers Magazine, 1951
The Historical Society of Woodstock is located on Lower Comeau Drive, across from the old firehouse. As always, admission is free. Parking is available either at the Historical Society or in the Lower Comeau parking lot. On Friday evening, December 2, during Woodstock’s Open House, look for the trolley… it will take you right to our door. For more information, contact 845-679-2143. HSW is also online on Facebook at Historical Woodstock.
Christmas Eve on the Village Green awaiting Santa Claus
Reading from Children's Author and Illustrator, Marion Bullard - Saturday, December 3, 1:00-3:00 pm
Joining Michael will be Will Nixon and Spider Barbour. Will Nixon is a fellow poet of distinction, and co-author with Michael Perkins of Walking Woodstock in (2009). Nixon has two poetry collections, My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse and Love in the City of Grudges. Nixon will read from all his published works. He actively blogs on these and other writing matters at www.willnixon.com.
Spider Barbour grew up in Canton, Ohio with twin interests in natural history and classical music composition. With the upswing of rock in the Sixties, Barbour’s musicology bent turned to rock and roll. He achieved a modicum of success with his band Chrysalis. Their album was re-released in 2005 by the Brit label Rev-Ola. In 1977 Spider and his wife, Anita, began writing “Nature Walk” for the Woodstock Times. Barbour will read from these and other musings.He presently works as an ecological consultant for the towns of Saugerties and New Paltz, and performs locally as a member of The Curmudgeons.
Perkins, Will Nixon, and Spider Barbour will be reading from their respective works and will be signing them as well. This event takes place on Sunday, December 4th at 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and it’s free and open to the public.
“Spoken Words of War and Remembrance”
**Historical Society of Woodstock Open house - October 15 2:00-4:00 pm
Food, Music, Apple Pressing, Harvest Pleasures Raffle - exhibit: Faces and Places, the Woodstock History Kids Club. Learn more about HSW’s archives and HSW’s plans for the future. Enjoy a wonderful fall afternoon with friends, neighbors, and history. Help us preserve the past by building for the future.