The weekend of August 24th to 26th in 1979 was supposed to be a significant one in Sullivan County, NY history. Plans had been made for some of the top musical acts in the business to appear at the site of the defunct and burned out Columbia Hotel in Hurleyville for a three-day festival that was envisioned as the precursor to an upscale performance venue that would have reversed the area’s sagging economic fortunes. [Read more…] about The Doomed 1979 Hurleyville Music Festival
Two signature paintings in the permanent collection of the Historical Society of Woodstock – Arnold Blanch’s Hervey White in his Studio (1926) and Edmund Rolfe’s Landscape (1914) – have been restored and are currently displayed at the Historical Society’s Eames House Museum at 20 Comeau Drive. [Read more…] about Restored Paintings on View at the Historical Society of Woodstock
The New York State Archives has announced a new online exhibit, The Woodstock Festival, August 15th – 18th 1969 – “An Aquarian Exposition,” in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival.
The exhibit features documents from New York State Department of Health Commissioner’s Office, and highlights the role that State Government played in helping the organizers of the festival prepare for the 50,000 people that they expected to attend and the lessons that were learned from the experience. [Read more…] about Woodstock at 50: A New Online Exhibit
Camp Woodland was founded in 1939 by a group of idealists inspired by the New Deal who put American democracy into practice by creating an inclusive summer camp for city kids in the Catskills near Phoenicia, in Ulster County, NY.
Although detractors would refer to it as “Camp Red” during the McCarthy era, they helped to incubate the folk music movement in America, influenced music in Woodstock, and brought together city and rural communities through the collection and preservation of Catskills folklore and folk music. [Read more…] about New Deal Idealism At Camp Woodland, Near Woodstock
Evan Pritchard, best-selling Native American author and musician, is set to lead an illustrated lecture on the development of local Native American music from lithophonics to shakers, drums and flutes, on Saturday, July 27th, at noon, at the Historical Society of Woodstock. This event is free and open to the public. [Read more…] about Native American Music History Program in Woodstock
Accomplished Woodstock personalities Happy Traum, Barbara Pickhardt, Gilles Malkine, Rennie Cantine and Michael Birnbaum are set to share their astute, moving and often hilarious experiences of the Woodstock music scene in a panel discussion, “The Impact of Music on Woodstock Culture,” moderated by town historian Richard Heppner, on July 13 at 12 pm. [Read more…] about Impact of Music on Woodstock Culture Discussion Saturday
The Historical Society of Woodstock is set to present a series of events to complement the exhibit, Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times, 1600 – Present, previewing at the Eames House Museum, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, on June 15 from noon to 4 pm, with a talk and performance by Woodstock musician Rennie Cantine. The Exhibit will be open June 29 to September 1st on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm. [Read more…] about Historical Society Offers Twist On Woodstock 50th
On June 13-14, 2019 a conference entitled “1969: When Woodstock Changed the World,” examining the events that led to the iconic music festival, will be held at Marist College.
The event will explore the social history of the tumultuous decade leading up to the Woodstock Festival. It will include a by-registration only field trip to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, and panel discussions on: music in the ‘60s; social movements, including civil rights and black power, communal living, feminism, and the Vietnam War and peace movements. [Read more…] about 1969 Woodstock Conference Set for Marist in June
The New York State Museum has open a new exhibit, The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: The Arthur A. Anderson Collection.
On display through December 31, 2019, the exhibit features over 100 artworks – including paintings, lithographs, sculpture and works on paper – from the major collection of artwork of the historic Woodstock Art Colony that collector Arthur A. Anderson donated to the State Museum in 2017. [Read more…] about Woodstock Art Colony Exhibit Opens At NYS Museum
Gathering Woodstock Women: A Celebration of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial, the first major exhibit recognizing many remarkable women from Woodstock’s past, opens at the Historical Society of Woodstock’s Eames House Museum on Friday, June 16 with a reception from 7 to 9 pm.
On Saturday, June 17 at noon, at the Eames House, Town historian Richard Heppner and Janine Fallon-Mower, co-authors of Legendary Locals of Woodstock, will speak on The Varying Roles of Women Throughout Woodstock History. The Museum is located at 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock. Admission is free.