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.