"Excavating the Hidden History of Our Modern-day Roads:
Research Adventures in the Pre-Internet Age.”
Member, Town of Saugerties Preservation Commission
Saturday, August 27, at 1 p.m.
Myles Putman will present an illustrated presentation entitled "Excavating
the Hidden History of Our Modern-day Roads: Research Adventures in the
Pre-Internet Age.” The lecture will cover the technical innovations in
transportation that arose in the late 1800’s. These affected the modes of
transportation and the pathways in use at that time. In particular, the advent
of the automobile did much to change the design, construction, maintenance, responsibility and repair of our
roads during the early and mid-1900's. Pitman is a self-admitted "road-geek," who has been studying and
investigating roads, particularly the early state highways of New York and the county road systems in Ulster
County, for many years. Myles is a member of the Town of Saugerties Preservation Commission, a member
of the Steering Committee, Friends of Historic Saugerties, and President of Ars Choralis. He also owns MLPC,
a municipal planning company.
The talk takes place at the Historical Society of Woodstock at 20 Comeau Drive. Light refreshments will be served
and there is a suggested donation of $5. For more info call 845-679-8111.
Sunday, July 10, 1 pm
Bill Merchant, President of the Delaware and Hudson Canal
Historical Society, will discuss the history of the Delaware and
Hudson Canal. His PowerPoint presentation, “The Delaware &
Hudson Canal: Nineteenth Century Engine of Prosperity,” will
outline the history of the canal and make note of the many
industries that benefited from its construction. Period pictures from the Delaware and Hudson Canal Society’s archives
will illustrate his talk. The canal is credited with the rise of the Rondout as a Hudson River port. Construction commenced
on the canal in 1825 and it took three years to build. The canal linked the Pennsylvania coal fields with the Hudson Valley
and by 1870 three million tons of coal were being moved. It was a major engine in the prosperity of Rondout. However,
with the rise of the railroads its value as a transportation hub declined and it closed in 1898.
The suggested donation for this lecture is $5. For more info please call 845-679-8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation & Book Signing by
Michael Sullivan Smith
Sunday, July 17, 1 pm
Michael Sullivan Smith will discuss the rich history of Saugerties—from its
days of discovery in 1609, through its time as a ground-breaking industrial
powerhouse in the 1800s. In addition, Smith will explore the common history
and connections between Saugerties and Woodstock. For example, his
illustrated talk will touch on the Saugerties and Woodstock Turnpike and the
shared artistic heritage of the two towns. Smith is the author of "A Brief
History of Saugerties", published last month by The History Press. He is a past
Saugerties Town Historian and is one of Saugerties’s first historic preservation
commissioners. After the talk, Michael will take questions and sign copies of his book.
The suggested donation for this lecture is $5. For more info please call 845-679-8111.
The Historical Society of Woodstock presents:
"Here's Looking At You" - Portraits and self-portraits on canvas and through the lens.Opening Saturday, June 18, 1-5 pm ... continuing Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5 pm through August 28.
Portraits and self-portraits offer an artist's perception
of how others are seen and how they might see
themselves. When combined, they can also reflect
on the character and diversity of a community.
Visitors to the Historical Society will have the
opportunity to view how Woodstock artists and
photographers have depicted themselves and fellow
Woodstockers over the years in both realistic and
The exhibit features works including Woodstock artists:
Charles Rosen, Jane Jones, Carl Lindin, Jo Cantine
and many more. Combined with large-scale photographs,
many of which depict local townspeople during the first-half of the 20th century, the exhibition offers a glimpse at the unique
diversity of individuals that have come together to craft Woodstock's story over the years.
Photo Credits: Lillis and Ray Allen, 1948 / Karl Fortess Self-portrait, 1946 (HSW Collection) Press Release
Augusta Allen (Woodstock Dress), Robert Angeloch (prints), Mara MacDonald Angeloch (print), Mary Anna Goetz (painting),
Clarence Bolton (painting), Franklin Drake (painting), Bryn Kelsey (painting), Livingston Three Lives Lease (document),
Althea Odell (painting), John Pike (artists inscribed bench & eagle), Fritzie Striebel (table).
Wine Tasting Benefit for the Historical Society of Woodstock Building Fund
Saturday June 11, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Historical Society of Woodstock
20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, N.Y.
Tickets: $30.00 - Tickets avialbale at the door or
Click here to purchase tickets
(Note: You do not have to be a PayPal subscriber to purchase
tickets online. Tickets purchased online will be available at the door.)
Featuring wine specialists:
Dr. David Baggett and Tina Grill
Music by Wild Swan
Hors D'oeuvres & Silent Auction press release
Painting by: Lily Geltman (HSW Collection)
The Historical Society of Woodstock presents
GREEN STREETS at Upstate Films/Woodstock
will be screened at Upstate Films/Woodstock. This inspiring film
documents a wide-range of culturally diverse community gardens
that were established in each of New York City’s five boroughs
during the 1970s and 1980s.
Green Streets premiered on PBS “P.O.V. – The American
Documentary” on August 21,1990. It went on to be screened
around the world at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlin,
Germany), the Creteil International Women’s Festival (Paris,
France), and the American Film and Video Festival (San Francisco).
Banana Kelly Community Garden, South Bronx. Photo: Maria DeLuca
The documentary also had prestigious screenings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Kennedy Center
in Washington, DC. Press Release
Saturday, April 23, 1:00 pm
Thank you all for your support!Sponsored by: Ulster Savings, Paraco/Kosco, H. Houst & Son, Inc, Blue Mountain Gardens,
& Adams Fairacre Farms.
Filmmaker Maria DeLuca 1980s. photo: Ray Doohue
our accessible bathroom and building renovation. Please consider supporting the Historical Society of Woodstock.
click on arrow above to view our progress
The Historical Society of Woodstock
Saturday April 2 & Sunday April 3
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
the Historical Society of Woodstock will host an estate sale
featuring items recently offered to the Society by a longtime
member. The sale features such items as: antique shutters,
candlesticks, wooden tool chest, small tables and other furniture,
crocks, wooden cooking implements, dishes, lamps, women's
clothing and much more. In addition, the Society will also offer
a number of local history books on sale.
All proceeds from the sale will directly support the Historical
Society's building fund. The Historical Society of Woodstock is
located at 20 Comeau Drive, across from the Woodstock Town
Hall on Tinker St. Due to limited parking, visitors not requiring accessible parking are asked to park in the Lower Comeau
parking lot and then follow the path to the Society. Cars can be brought to the Society's driveway for loading once purchases
are made. There is no parking on Comeau Drive itself. For more on Woodstock history, visit on Facebook at "Historical
Woodstock." No early birds, please. Thank you all for your support!
On December 14th, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced that the Historical Society of Woodstock has
been awarded an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions.
The grant, totaling $6,000, will go to the purchase of archival supplies, materials and equipment to enhance the Society's
continued efforts to preserve its extensive collection of photographs, original documents, textiles, genealogies, paintings
Much of its fine art collection is represented by the works of noted artists created during Woodstock's rise as a premiere