Mission

Sharing and preserving the history of Woodstock through inspiring educational experiences and dynamic collections.

We strive  to preserve the history of the Woodstock area, engage in local history education, serve as a resource center for historical research, and create signature events and programs.

 

Vision Statement

Woodstock is a community that has a profound sense of history and identity.

Strategic Initiatives

1.         Over three years we will develop an interpretive plan to build dynamic collections.

2.         Preserve and conserve the collection for future generations

3.         Become the credible go to hub for all things history in Woodstock

4.         Develop robust marketing and development programs.

5.         Over the next three years, we will complete a facilities assessment and plan (a.k.a. a feasibility study).

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History

The Woodstock Historical Society was founded in February, 1942 by a group of local residents led by Judge Earnest Spear.

The group incorporated in November 1943, adopting its first official statement of purpose and by-laws. In that same year, the organization acquired a superb Federal house, up-for-sale, to serve as the organization's museum building.  Built in 1807 by Charles Dana, a prosperous local dry goods merchant, the fine Federal style house on Elm Street had remained in the Dana family since its creation. Located in the center of town, the structure offered an excellent choice for a museum building and was in prime condition. Accordingly, the Society purchased the property from the Dana Family. In 2017, the WHS officially changed its name to Woodstock History Center.