Woodstock Celebrates

Woodstock Celebrates Woodstock Celebrates is a nonprofit incorporated in Illinois and formed to make better known the association of the City of Woodstock, Illinois with such illustrious people as Orson Welles, student here at Todd School for Boys, from 1926 to 1931.
WCI is a a nonprofit incorporated in Illinois and registered with the Illinois Attorney General as a charity. It is a federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Annual dues are $15.
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About WC Organized in 2012 exclusively to serve cultural, historical, literary, and educational purposes, Woodstock Celebrates promotes local, regional, and national awareness and understanding of significant persons, institutions, and events associated with the City of Woodstock, Illinois from its founding to the present. Woodstock Celebrates has been planning its first two events in May 2014 and May 2015, focusing on the close association of Woodstock with one of the great cultural figures of the twentieth century, Orson Welles, who attended school in Woodstock and considered it his hometown. The world-class film director made his name as a stage director, actor of stage and screen, and radio/TV artist. The group plans to commemorate certain Welles anniversaries in Woodstock that should attract Welles enthusiasts from around the United States and perhaps the world. After 2013, 2014, and 2015 programs, Woodstock Celebrates will shift its focus to other persons and entities associated with the City. Among these are Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy; Eugene V. Debs, labor leader jailed in Woodstock after the Pullman Strike of 1894 and founder of American socialism while in Woodstock; Claussen Pickle, associated with Woodstock since 1976; and the famous Woodstock Typewriter Company. A voluntary membership association, Woodstock Celebrates is run entirely by a volunteer board of directors and the board’s officers. No one receives any compensation for service as a board director or officer.

Mission: About WC Organized in 2012 exclusively to serve cultural, historical, literary, and educational purposes, Woodstock Celebrates promotes local, regional, and national awareness and understanding of significant persons, institutions, and events associated with the City of Woodstock, Illinois from its founding to the present. Woodstock Celebrates has been planning its first two events in May 2014 and May 2015, focusing on the close association of Woodstock with one of the great cultural figures of the twentieth century, Orson Welles, who attended school in Woodstock and considered it his hometown. The world-class film director made his name as a stage director, actor of stage and screen, and radio/TV artist. The group plans to commemorate certain Welles anniversaries in Woodstock that should attract Welles enthusiasts from around the United States and perhaps the world. After 2013, 2014, and 2015 programs, Woodstock Celebrates will shift its focus to other persons and entities associated with the City. Among these are Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy; Eugene V. Debs, labor leader jailed in Woodstock after the Pullman Strike of 1894 and founder of American socialism while in Woodstock; Claussen Pickle, associated with Woodstock since 1976; and the famous Woodstock Typewriter Company. A voluntary membership association, Woodstock Celebrates is run entirely by a volunteer board of directors and the board’s officers. No one receives any compensation for service as a board director or officer.

12/19/2018
The Other Side of the Wind - A FVFC Special

Fox Valley Film Critics created this new documentary about Orson Welles's recently completed masterwork that interviews Josh Karp, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and me.

In this special of the Fox Valley Film Critics, we celebrate the incredible and miraculous release of Orson Welles last theatrical release with The Other Sid...

I hang out with George Pullman.
11/04/2018

I hang out with George Pullman.

George Pullman will visit Woodstock, Illinois in a few days as part of the Debs-Pullman festival on 3-4 November.
11/01/2018

George Pullman will visit Woodstock, Illinois in a few days as part of the Debs-Pullman festival on 3-4 November.

Ernest Freeberg will share his knowledge about Eugene V. Debs in the upcoming Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman festival tha...
10/20/2018

Ernest Freeberg will share his knowledge about Eugene V. Debs in the upcoming Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman festival that Woodstock Celebrates, Inc., is hosting in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 November. Freeberg will speak on both days.

All events will be free to the public, who would be encouraged to donate for the specific purpose of renovating Old McHenry County Jail.

On Saturday morning at 10, the library will show "The Gilded Age," a recent documentary about the 1880-1896 social-industrial crisis. On Sunday morning at noon, Steve Aavang will guide a walking tour of Woodstock sites associated with Debs and his jailer/friend, Sheriff George Eckert.

Speakers on Debs and Pullman will present at Stage Left from 2 PM on both days, and on Sunday at 3:30 PM the bookstore will host at Stage Left a signing by Freeberg of "Democracy's Prisoner," his book on Debs in 1919.

Also on both Saturday and Sunday, Stage Left will exhibit Debs Foundation material from 1 PM to 6 PM, and the library will showcase Pullman material from the Illinois Railway Museum from 1 PM to closing.

All day on both days, Ethereal Confections will offer to patrons cocktails popular in the 1890s through 1919.

Event updates will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/WoodstockCelebratesInc/

Download the attached poster for specific times and addresses.

1893 Pullman train car ...
10/15/2018

1893 Pullman train car ...

Interior Pullman Car.
Beveled mirrors, ornate carvings, and polished brass were the hallmarks of travel in a Pullman parlor car, such as the one depicted here from 1893.

George Pullman will visit Woodstock as part of our upcoming Debs-Pullman Festival, 3 and 4 November.
10/13/2018

George Pullman will visit Woodstock as part of our upcoming Debs-Pullman Festival, 3 and 4 November.

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. is hosting a Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman festival in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, 3 an...
10/06/2018

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. is hosting a Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman festival in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 November. All events will be free to the public, who would be encouraged to donate for the specific purpose of renovating Old McHenry County Jail.

On Saturday morning at 10, the library will show "The Gilded Age," a recent documentary about the 1880-1896 social-industrial crisis. On Sunday morning at noon, Steve Aavang will guide a walking tour of Woodstock sites associated with Debs and his jailer/friend, Sheriff George Eckert.

Speakers on Debs and Pullman will present at Stage Left from 2 PM on both days, and on Sunday at 3:30 PM the bookstore will host a signing by Ernest Freeberg of his book on Debs in 1919.

Also on both Saturday and Sunday, the Old Court House will exhibit Debs Foundation material from 11 AM to 5 PM (Saturday) and from 1 PM to 4 PM (Sunday), and the library will showcase Pullman material from the Illinois Railway Museum from 1 PM to closing.

All day on both days, Ethereal Confections will offer to patrons cocktails popular in the 1890s through 1919.

Event updates will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/WoodstockCelebratesInc/

Please come to our Debs-Pullman event on 3-4 November, and please share our poster. Thank you.
09/15/2018

Please come to our Debs-Pullman event on 3-4 November, and please share our poster. Thank you.

Orson Welles's film comes to fruition, thanks to Netflix.
09/12/2018
Wellesnet: Orson Welles Web Resource

Orson Welles's film comes to fruition, thanks to Netflix.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (Wellesnet review): "'The Other Side of the Wind' is a monument to the heart of a 50-something maverick; unbowed by years of having doors slammed in his face and unafraid to take bold, artistic chances."

D.C. Cobb's
09/08/2018

D.C. Cobb's

This weather gives us a craving for our tasty and savory Orson Welles Burger! Your choice of a protein cooked to your liking, Italian sausage patty, homemade mozzarella wedge, topped with our marinara sauce! Try it with a cup or bowl of our homemade soup!

Come to the Debs-Pullman event on 3-4 November in Woodstock!  Save the dates!
08/07/2018

Come to the Debs-Pullman event on 3-4 November in Woodstock! Save the dates!

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. is hosting a Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman festival in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, 3 an...
07/20/2018
Woodstock Celebrates

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. is hosting a Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman festival in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 November.

All events will be FREE to the public, who would be encouraged to donate for the specific purpose of renovating Old McHenry County Jail.

On Saturday morning at 10, the library will show "The Gilded Age," a recent documentary about the 1880-1896 social-industrial crisis. On Sunday morning at noon, Steve Aavang will guide a walking tour of Woodstock sites associated with Debs and his jailer/friend, Sheriff George Eckert.

Speakers on Debs and Pullman will present at Stage Left from 2 to 5 PM on both days, and the bookstore will host a signing by Ernest Freeberg of his book on Debs in 1919.

Also on both Saturday and Sunday, the Old Court House will exhibit Debs Foundation material from 11 AM to 5 PM, and the library will showcase Pullman material from the Illinois Railway Museum from 1 PM to closing.

All day on both days, Ethereal Confections will offer to patrons cocktails popular in the 1890s through 1919.

Event updates will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/WoodstockCelebratesInc/.

Woodstock Celebrates is a nonprofit incorporated in Illinois and formed to make better known the association of the City of Woodstock, Illinois with such illustrious people as Orson Welles, student here at Todd School for Boys, from 1926 to 1931.

06/30/2018

Woodstock Celebrates and the Illinois Labor History Society are planning a Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman event in Woodstock for Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 November.

The events are free and open to the public.

We ask that people donate funds through Woodstock Celebrates to the City of Woodstock for the renovation of Old McHenry County Jail, where Debs served six months in 1895 after the Pullman Strike of 1894.

Donations made to Woodstock Celebrates would be tax-deductible because it is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Orson Welles sculpture by Bobby Joe Scribner ...
06/10/2018

Orson Welles sculpture by Bobby Joe Scribner ...

Here are two photos of the bronzed Welles sculpture that will be installed on Friday, 8 June, at 6:30 on Main Street nea...
05/05/2018

Here are two photos of the bronzed Welles sculpture that will be installed on Friday, 8 June, at 6:30 on Main Street near Woodstock's movie theatre (previously the Miller Theatre)--where young Orson went to the movies in Woodstock.

A sculpture garden near the mural that includes a panel about Welles will be the location of the new Welles sculpture. Right now, the sculpture is at the foundry.

Bobby Joe Scribner of Woodstock, the sculptor, donated it as a labor of love and a tribute to one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, for whom Woodstock, Illinois, was "home."

Atrocious Poets
04/02/2018

Atrocious Poets

George Will deplores the unanimous United States Supreme Court decision in Debs v. United States that deprived Eugene V....
02/27/2018
Opinion | The Supreme Court may decide what you can wear to go vote. This isn’t hard.

George Will deplores the unanimous United States Supreme Court decision in Debs v. United States that deprived Eugene V. Debs of his freedom of speech. Debs was sentenced to 10 years in prison for an antiwar speech.

excerpt from Wills:

The First Amendment was ratified in 1791. One hundred and twenty-eight years passed before the court confronted a case — three cases, actually — squarely concerning freedom of speech. Dealing disgracefully with residues of Woodrow Wilson’s wartime semi-totalitarianism, the court held: During wartime, the government can restrict speech that could “create a clear and present danger” of evils that Congress has the power to prevent. And the guarantee of free speech does not protect printing leaflets urging disruption of the war effort. And Wilson’s administration did not violate the amendment when it imprisoned Eugene Victor Debs — he had received 6 percent of presidential vote as the Socialist Party’s candidate in 1912 — because he made an antiwar speech.

my comment:

Ernest Freeberg, whom Woodstock Celebrates, Inc., sponsored as a speaker in April 2017, examined the unjust prosecution of Debs in his book "Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent."

Don’t tread on this voter’s T-shirt

Todd School for Boys just before Orson Welles became a boarder in 1926...
02/07/2018

Todd School for Boys just before Orson Welles became a boarder in 1926...

The magic of a snowy day. Todd School for Boys students appear to be delighted with the freshly fallen snow as they run out of Rogers Hall. Photo taken circa 1925.

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01/31/2018

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Woodstock Celebrates
01/30/2018

Woodstock Celebrates

01/03/2018

The public is invited to the Woodstock Celebrates, Inc., annual general meeting at 1:30 PM on Sunday, 21 January 2018. The meeting will take place in the Meeting Room downstairs at the Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd Street.

After the general meeting, a board meeting will follow at about 2:30 PM. Officers will be elected, and an agenda for future programs will be discussed.

Third Man Museum - Dritte Mann Museum - 3mpc
10/29/2017

Third Man Museum - Dritte Mann Museum - 3mpc

The Paradise Theatre School from Chimacum, Washington, presents a solo performance about artistic renegade Orson Welles. Mark Jenkins’s play, Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles at the THIRD MAN MUSEUM in Vienna.
Starring: ERIK VAN BEUZEKOM :)
In April or May 2018, we'll keep you informed :)
Erik on the photo with our dear friend Oja Kodar

Here is a photo of the newly dedicated plaque on the wall of Old McHenry County Jail in Woodstock, Illinois. It commemor...
10/22/2017

Here is a photo of the newly dedicated plaque on the wall of Old McHenry County Jail in Woodstock, Illinois. It commemorates Eugene V. Debs's 6-month jail term after the Pullman Strike.

11 AM Saturday--Old Court House and Old McHenry County Jail in Woodstock Square, 101 N. Johnson Street--dedication of th...
10/20/2017
Eugene Debs historic marker dedication set Saturday on Woodstock Square

11 AM Saturday--Old Court House and Old McHenry County Jail in Woodstock Square, 101 N. Johnson Street--dedication of the state historic marker

2 PM Saturday--Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd Street--panel of speakers about Eugene V. Debs in 1895 and 1919

Events are free and open to the public.

WOODSTOCK – The Illinois State Historical Society and Woodstock organizations will dedicate the Eugene V. Debs historical marker Saturday at the Old McHenry County Courthouse.

Besides commemorating the stay of Eugene V. Debs in McHenry County Jail in 1895, the new state historic marker honors th...
10/19/2017
Woodstock's Atticus Finch

Besides commemorating the stay of Eugene V. Debs in McHenry County Jail in 1895, the new state historic marker honors the memory of Sheriff George Eckert, Debs's jailer and eventual friend for 30 years. My blogpost explored the friendship of Debs and Eckert.

Woodstock's Atticus Finch Copyright (c) (2017) by Kathleen Spaltro All Rights Reserved "The farmers of McHenry Cou...

Read Between The Lynes
10/11/2017
Read Between The Lynes

Read Between The Lynes

You won't want to miss out on these fantastic events! Experience the fascinating story of Eugene Debs and his relation to Woodstock's history!

Woodstock Public Library (Woodstock, IL)
10/04/2017

Woodstock Public Library (Woodstock, IL)

Learn about the fascinating role that Woodstock played in the life of Eugene V. Debs, leader of the American Socialist movements of the early 1900s. On Saturday, October 21 at 11 a.m. an historic marker will be dedicated at the Old McHenry County Jail on the Woodstock Square. At 2 p.m. there will be a presentation by Dr. Ernest Freeberg, author of Democrac's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, at the library.

Woodstock Celebrates Autumn
09/29/2017

Woodstock Celebrates Autumn

It's such a beautiful time of the year to get out in the country and be able to smell the fresh autumn leaves it's just wonderful.

Apple Creek Flowers Woodstock

TWO Eugene V. Debs events in Woodstock, Illinois, on Saturday, 21 October, 11 AM and 2 PM.  Come to the dedication cerem...
09/22/2017

TWO Eugene V. Debs events in Woodstock, Illinois, on Saturday, 21 October, 11 AM and 2 PM.

Come to the dedication ceremony at Old McHenry County Jail in Woodstock Square at 11 AM.

Have lunch nearby, or search the Farmers Market in the Square, or do some shopping.

Then head over to the Woodstock Public Library a few blocks away for our mesmerizing speaker, Ernest Freeberg. Arlene Seel Lynes will sponsor a book signing at the library event.

Afterwards, Steve Aavang will lead a walking tour of Eugene Debs/Sheriff George Eckert sites.

Two Eugene V. Debs Events in Woodstock, Illinois on Saturday, 21 October 2017

11 AM to Noon, Sheriff's House/Old McHenry County Jail, 101 N. Johnson Street, Woodstock, Illinois

The Illinois State Historical Society's state historic marker for Woodstock's Sheriff's House/Old McHenry County Jail will be dedicated on 21 October at 11 AM.

Sponsors include Woodstock Celebrates, the Illinois Labor History Society, and the McHenry County Federation of Teachers. Other speakers will represent the Illinois State Historical Society and the Debs Foundation (Terre Haute, Indiana).

2:00-4:00, Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock, Illinois

Eugene V. Debs and Constitutional Liberties, 1895 and 1919

Ernest Freeberg of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be talking about Eugene V. Debs and the two United States Supreme Court cases concerning his constitutional freedoms decided in 1895 and 1919. The first Supreme Court decision, "In re Debs," sent him to McHenry County Jail. The second decision, "Debs v. United States," upheld Debs's ten-year sentence in federal prison, spent in Moundsville, West Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia.

Debs became a socialist in McHenry County Jail in 1895 partly because of the federal government's support of the railroads and Pullman Company and disregard for the American Railway Union's freedom of association. As a socialist, Debs in 1918 opposed the participation of the United States in World War One in a speech for which he was prosecuted by the federal government. This prosecution denied his freedom of speech.

Freeberg's compelling presentation will be based on his book "Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent" (Harvard University Press).

The event is hosted by Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. Admission is free.

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08/30/2017

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Two Eugene V. Debs Events in Woodstock, Illinois on Saturday, 21 October 201711 AM to Noon, Sheriff's House/Old McHenry ...
08/29/2017

Two Eugene V. Debs Events in Woodstock, Illinois on Saturday, 21 October 2017

11 AM to Noon, Sheriff's House/Old McHenry County Jail, 101 N. Johnson Street, Woodstock, Illinois

The Illinois State Historical Society's state historic marker for Woodstock's Sheriff's House/Old McHenry County Jail will be dedicated on 21 October at 11 AM.

Sponsors include Woodstock Celebrates, the Illinois Labor History Society, and the McHenry County Federation of Teachers. Other speakers will represent the Illinois State Historical Society and the Debs Foundation (Terre Haute, Indiana).

2:00-4:00, Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock, Illinois

Eugene V. Debs and Constitutional Liberties, 1895 and 1919

Ernest Freeberg of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be talking about Eugene V. Debs and the two United States Supreme Court cases concerning his constitutional freedoms decided in 1895 and 1919. The first Supreme Court decision, "In re Debs," sent him to McHenry County Jail. The second decision, "Debs v. United States," upheld Debs's ten-year sentence in federal prison, spent in Moundsville, West Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia.

Debs became a socialist in McHenry County Jail in 1895 partly because of the federal government's support of the railroads and Pullman Company and disregard for the American Railway Union's freedom of association. As a socialist, Debs in 1918 opposed the participation of the United States in World War One in a speech for which he was prosecuted by the federal government. This prosecution denied his freedom of speech.

Freeberg's compelling presentation will be based on his book "Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent" (Harvard University Press).

The event is hosted by Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. Admission is free.

Harold Ramis wanted to film "Groundhog Day" in Woodstock, Illinois because of Woodstock's association with Eugene V. Deb...
07/28/2017
11 Questions for Harold Ramis: An Unpublished Interview

Harold Ramis wanted to film "Groundhog Day" in Woodstock, Illinois because of Woodstock's association with Eugene V. Debs.

"And when we shooting Groundhog Day in Woodstock, Illinois, they have this charming courthouse there. The town square was one of the reasons we ended up in Woodstock. But the story that I loved most about it is that’s where Clarence Darrow defended Eugene Debs."

In 2008, before the release of Year One, Ramis talked about working with Bill Murray, filming in Chicago, and how religion shaped his "Buddish" philosophy.

Thanks to McHenry County Federation of Teachers for joining the Illinois Labor History Society and Woodstock Celebrates,...
07/19/2017
Teachers Union to Cover City’s Cost for Debs Plaque - The Woodstock Independent - July 2017

Thanks to McHenry County Federation of Teachers for joining the Illinois Labor History Society and Woodstock Celebrates, Inc., in paying for the creation and installation of the plaque from the Illinois State Historical Society commemorating Eugene V. Debs's 1895 stay in McHenry County Jail.

A local teachers union is covering the city of Woodstock’s expense for a marker recognizing a famous labor leader.

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About WC Organized in 2012 exclusively to serve cultural, historical, literary, and educational purposes, Woodstock Celebrates promotes local, regional, and national awareness and understanding of significant persons, institutions, and events associated with the City of Woodstock, Illinois from its founding to the present. Woodstock Celebrates has been planning its first two events in May 2014 and May 2015, focusing on the close association of Woodstock with one of the great cultural figures of the twentieth century, Orson Welles, who attended school in Woodstock and considered it his hometown. The world-class film director made his name as a stage director, actor of stage and screen, and radio/TV artist. The group plans to commemorate certain Welles anniversaries in Woodstock that should attract Welles enthusiasts from around the United States and perhaps the world. After 2013, 2014, and 2015 programs, Woodstock Celebrates will shift its focus to other persons and entities associated with the City. Among these are Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy; Eugene V. Debs, labor leader jailed in Woodstock after the Pullman Strike of 1894 and founder of American socialism while in Woodstock; Claussen Pickle, associated with Woodstock since 1976; and the famous Woodstock Typewriter Company. A voluntary membership association, Woodstock Celebrates is run entirely by a volunteer board of directors and the board’s officers. No one receives any compensation for service as a board director or officer.

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