Beekeeping goes back 10,000 years, but bees have been much in the news recently as a multi-pronged scourge has devastated many of the nation’s 2.5 million colonies. Meanwhile, hobby beekeeping has grown exponentially in the country.
Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping. Program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Free and open to the public.
Artist Susie J. Gray will teach participants how to make a willow wreath and then embellish it with berries and decorations. The materials fee for the workshop is $15.00 per person. Advanced registration is required. If interested, please register before September 11 by calling (802) 457-1822 (Ext 2) or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This History Hike, which is co-hosted by Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, will explore the natural elements of the area as we tour one of the most beautiful and mystical places in Woodstock. The event is free; however, advanced registration is required as space is limited. To register, please call: (802) 457-1822 (Ext 2) or email: email@example.com.
Learn about Gilbert’s Hill, the site of the first “ski tow” in the United States. The event will include a historic hiking trail, period photos of the farm and ski tow, guest speakers, light refreshments, and live music. Held rain or shine. Please bring your own chair. Free.
This hike, which will explore Woodstock’s first golf course on Mount Peg, will be led by local surveyor/historian Bob Holt. We will visit a number of the sites on the old course and a fair amount of walking is required. Free, but advanced registration is required. To register, call (802) 457-1822, Extension 2.
Come enjoy traditional tunes played by the South Royalton Town Band, while you enjoy a dish of locally-made ice cream. Please bring a chair or blanket. Concert will be cancelled in the event of rain. Donations gratefully accepted.
Location: Woodstock History Center’s back lawn.
On Saturday, June 22 between 3:00-6:00 pm, please join us for a reception to celebrate the work of 15 Vermont sculptors and carvers.
Kicking off the reception, at 3:00 pm, Chris Miller will be speaking about a project that he and Jerry Williams were involved with to bring the new Ceres to the top of the State House in Montpelier.
Following Chris’s talk, there will be an opportunity to view and talk to some of the sculptors whose work is featured this year on the Woodstock History Center’s back lawn, including: Bruce Hathaway, Dimitri Gerakaris, Kerry O. Furlani, Jerry Williams, Patricia deGogorza, Hector Santos, John Hikory, Carol Driscol, Mac Dewart, Charles Starr, Herb Ferris, Charlet Davenport, Gampo Weickenhiser, and Susie J. Gray. Light refreshments will be served. Co-hosted by Sculpture Fest and the Woodstock History Center.
Note: The Woodstock History Center’s new exhibit of “Unforgettable People 2019” will also be open for viewing.
Note: This event has been rescheduled. It will be held as part of the Sculpture Garden Reception on June 22 from 3-6 pm.
Join us for the opening of our 2019 exhibit entitled “Character: Unforgettable People of Woodstock.” Light refreshments served.
Dr. Jack Mayer will discuss Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, who, during World War II, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
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Charlotte Donaldson, author of Life’s Workbook, will lead a workshop designed to help people brainstorm and organize information as a first step to writing a memoir or autobiography. Refreshments will be served. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of Life’s Workbook. Free, but preregistration is required as space is limited. To register, call Jennie Shurtleff at (802) 457-1822, Extension 2.
A WHC CABIN FEVER SERIES PROGRAM
Matt Powers and Jennie Shurtleff, of the Woodstock History Center, will share some of their favorite images from the History Center’s collection. Refreshments will be served. Free.
Join freelance ecologist Charlie Cogbill who will talk about the Original Forests of Vermont using three lines of evidence (vegetation zones, empirical data from early land surveys, and information from old-growth stands) to give an updated perspective on local vegetation history. Free.
Each year, the Woodstock History Center helps to coordinate and run the Woodstock Elementary School's Fourth-Grade History Fair. Through this program, students work with mentors to research a topic related to Woodstock's History. This year, we are still in need of at least two more mentors.
The program begins in early April and concludes in mid May with the History Fair. Mentors meet with their mentoring groups for about an hour and fifteen minutes, three times a week. If you are interested in participating, but can't meet with students three times a week, co-mentoring opportunities are available.
No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn about Woodstock’s history and an interest in working with young people. For more information, please contact Jennie Shurtleff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO THE IMPENDING STORM! THIS PROGRAM WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, NOT SUNDAY, JANUARY 20.
Fashion historian Samuel Neuberg will provide a visual survey that shows how the 19th-century silhouette in women’s fashion evolved. He will illustrate his talk using items that he and costume curator Rachel Kurland have selected from the Woodstock History Center’s collection.
On Saturday, December 8, from 11 am – 4 pm, the Woodstock History Center will be open with several local artisans showcasing their crafts; a silent auction that includes a wide variety of art, dining, and gift opportunities; and guided tours of the museum. The History Center will also be serving up some hearty soups with a side of corn bread, dessert, and a warm beverage for a small fee. Admission to the artisan workshop, silent auction, and “food court” area is free. A suggested donation for the guided tour of the museum is $5.00/person.
Program with University professor Luis Vivanco. Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by the Woodstock History Center. Free.
Learn about “50 Years of Cold Regions Research” from Roy Bates, who is a meteorologist, former CRREL researcher, and author of over a hundred articles on meteorology, climatology, and snow and ice properties. Roy will discuss local cold regions, as well as Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. Free.
Food, music, art, hiking, and more. Come learn about the history of this fascinating place. Free.
Following the Excursion, at 4 PM, there will be a special opening at the King Farm extension of SculptureFest 2018. Admission Free. For more information, go to: www.sculpturefest.org