Earlier this year (2024) I wrote an article about The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, seeking out those who were in attendance at the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair.

Why are they seeking out these individuals? The goal is to amass a collection of personal stories of those who attended and preserve those memories for future generations to learn about the event that was a huge part of music history.

Woodstock Special Exhibit
photo courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
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Museum curators began traveling throughout the country looking for those unique stores since the beginning of the year. According to the Bethel Museum, a major federal grant was awarded from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue the oral history pop-ups.

 

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Even if you worked at Woodstock, served as a volunteer, or had interactions with any of the organizations that came to Woodstock to aid with the festival, the museum wants to hear your story. The goal is to collect 4,500 Woodstock stories from people who attended the festival.

Woodstock Plaque
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In my article from earlier this year, I listed dates and locations through the month of April. but now Bethel Woods has added more dates and locations, listed below:

June 14-16: Bethel, New York at  The Museum at Bethel Woods
June 28-30: Columbus, Ohio at the ComFest in Goodale Park
September: Syracuse, New York → Date and Location TBA!
August 4: New York City at the New York Historical Society
August 17: Kauneonga Lake, New York at the Farmers Market
October: Rochester, New York & Buffalo, New York → Date and Location TBA!
January 2025: Boca Raton, Florida → Date and Location TBA!

So, did you attend, work, volunteer, or had any Woodstock 1969 interactions that would be beneficial to add to the story? Visit the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Oral History Initiative HERE for more information.

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