Woodstock: History and Hearsay

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Woodstock Arts, 2006 - Art - 335 pages
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170 black and white photos and 18 color images. Front matter: list of maps (7), preface, acknowledgements, author biographical timeline and introduction. Back matter: Woodstockers in Service (Second World War and Memoria), end notes, bibliography, list of illustrations and index.

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Contents

List of Maps
6
Smith Biographical Timeline
12
History Indian Legends and Settlers Tales
21
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Anita M. Smith (18931968) was born a Quaker in Philadelphia. In 1912 she moved to Woodstock to study painting under John F. Carlson. Soon she was exhibiting her work at the National Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1934 she built a bluestone house near Woodstocks Rock City corners and embarked on a second career as a herbalist. By 1940 Smith had customers in all forty-eight of the contiguous United States, and in a New York Herald Tribune article published that year she was referred to as the Herb Lady of the Catskills. During this time she began contributing papers to the Historical Society of Woodstock. Just as she had designed her gardens with an artists eye, Smith captured the painters feel for the landscape in her writing. In the late 1950s she wrote the towns first official history. A blend of local legends, personal anecdotes and scholarship, Woodstock History and Hearsay was first published in 1959. Anita Smith also wrote As True as the Barnacle Tree, The Landscape of History and The Quest of Abel Knight: The Quakers and Shakers.

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