The Museum at Bethel Woods: Overview
The Museum at Bethel Woods explores the unique experience of the 1969 Woodstock
Music and Art Fair, its significance as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural
transformation, and the ongoing legacy of the Sixties and Woodstock. Through personal
stories, profiles, immersive multimedia exhibits, engaging programs and educational
events, The Museum will encourage intergenerational dialogue about important ideas
and issues relevant to today. The Museum will also help to preserve the historic site on
which the 1969 Woodstock festival took place.
The Museum at Bethel Woods is an integral part of the larger Bethel Woods Center for
the Arts that houses multiple concert and performance venues, as well as the historic
festival “bowl” of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Bethel Woods Center for the
Arts is approximately 90 minutes from New York City and encompasses nearly 2,000
bucolic acres at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY. The
campus is comprised of a 15,000seat outdoor performing arts venue, the Pavilion Stage,
with 4,500 covered seats and an additional 10,000 on a natural sloping lawn while
offering unique backdrops including the original festival site and the majesty of the
surrounding Sullivan County countryside.
Other venues include the Events Gallery in The Museum, the Terrace Stage, a 1,000seat
Romanstyle outdoor amphitheater, the Harvest Festival, in its tenth anniversary, which
hosts an annual craft and farmers’ market, and the original Woodstock site, which holds a
permit for 30,000 concertgoers to attend major musical events. The arts center’s purpose
is to improve the quality of life in Sullivan County and the surrounding region by
promoting economic development in an economically challenged area of New York State
through arts, education, and culture.
The permanent exhibit story unfolds in three galleries:
· The Sixties
· The Woodstock Music and Art Fair
· The Impact of Woodstock and the Sixties
Major themes of the permanent exhibit:
· American culture changed dramatically during the Sixties.
· Critical drivers of that cultural transformation were expressed during the 1969
o Baby Boomer Emergence
o Civil Rights
o War & Peace
o Personal Freedom
o Questioning Authority, Protest, and Activism
· During the 1960s, rock & roll music rapidly evolved into a serious popular art
form, combining elements of all American roots music forms (i.e., blues, gospel,
jazz, western, R & B, popular standard, and country).
· Sixties popular culture, especially rock & roll, both reflected and influenced
current events during the decade to an unprecedented extent.
· The Sixties and Woodstock continue to resonate today, affecting our attitudes and
ideas in many ways, including those regarding diversity, personal freedom, the
green movement, feminism, questioning authority, and popular music.
The Museum at Bethel Woods: Museum Elements
· The Main Exhibit Gallery, at 6,728 square feet, holds the permanent exhibit
which includes 20 films, five interactive productions, 164 artifacts on display,
more than 300 photographic murals, and dozens of interpretive text panels.
· The Museum Theater is a 1,786 square foot stateoftheart facility featuring a
1080p highdefinition video projection, multichannel sound and stadium seating
for 132 people. The screen is 22 ft. x 13 ft.
· A Site Interpretive Walking Tour, which is currently under development and
expected to be available in 2009, will show the significant locations on the
grounds, such as the original stage location and the monument commemorating
the 1969 festival.
· The Special Exhibit Gallery is 4,626 square feet of additional space to showcase
special exhibits from other museums, institutions, exhibitors, and collectors.
· Classrooms are located on the lower level. The two classrooms are outfitted with
full AV projection.
· The Museum Shop is 1,252 square feet, featuring Museumthemed and branded
· The Events Gallery is 4,340 square feet and will be used for educational
purposes as well as meeting, reception and fundraising capabilities.
· The Terrace Stage is a 1,000 seat outdoor theater where talks or performances
The Museum at Bethel Woods: Museum Facts
The 6,728 squarefoot permanent exhibit gallery includes:
Films: Twenty films are included in The Museum’s permanent exhibit:
The Introduction – A fastpaced film projected on a 12foot screen that introduces
the visitor to the themes and content of the exhibit.
The Sixties Timeline – A 3projector timeline, seamlessly blending the iconic images
and sounds of the tumultuous decade.
Sixties Popular Culture – A collection of four short films about life in the Sixties:
Fashion & Style, Radio, Television, and Suburbia.
1968: A Year That Shook America – Produced by The History Channel, this 10
minute film about 1968 examines the most significant events of this traumatic year,
from the TET Offensive and Vietnam War protests, to the assassinations of Martin
Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, through the presidential conventions and
election and man’s first visit to the Moon.
A Musical Revolution – Narrated by Dennis Elsas, covering the dramatic, creative
transformation of rock & roll through the Sixties.
Planning Woodstock – A collection of four short films covering all aspects of the
birth of Woodstock: The Idea, The Location, The Performers, and The Movie.
The Bus – Rearprojected on the windshield of an actual school bus – now
transformed into a psychedelic bus – the film depicts the many crosscountry journeys
Festival Experiences – A collection of four short films examining various aspects of
the Woodstock experience: The Hog Farm Commune, The Security Plan, Stories In
the Field, and Local Observers.
The Festival Experience – Projected by 6video projectors on four screens measuring
62 ft. wide x 50 ft. high and seamlessly blended into a breathtaking 270 degree
immersion, this 11minute surroundsound film places the visitor in the festival
crowd. The people, stories, music, sounds, and sights of all three days of Woodstock
unfold around the viewer
Woodstock: The Music – Projecting Woodstock footage for the first time ever in
1080p highdefinition video and 5.1 surround sound, this 21minute film captures the
best performances of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, many of which have rarely
or never been seen before. Projected on a 22 ft. x 13 ft. screen and narrated by actor
William Devane, the film tells the story from the viewpoint of rock & roll performers,
both veterans of the 1969 concert as well as several younger, contemporary popular
artists who speak of the inspiring and emotional performances we see and hear.
Woodstock and the Sixties: What Do They Mean Today? – Famous and notso
famous, young and notsoyoung individuals speak in moving fashion of the
continuing impact the Sixties and Woodstock have on their lives.
The Top 40 – Excerpts of the greatest songs of each year from 1960 through 1968
with interpretive narration placing each song in the context of its time.
The Music of 1969 – Sections of popular songs by the performers and bands of 1969
are selected by The Museum visitor and accompanied by narration explaining why
that artist did or did not play at the Woodstock festival.
The Map of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair – The Museum visitor can visit more
than 20 hot spots of the three days of the Woodstock festival, learning interesting
facts about each one: Main Stage, Hog Farm, Campgrounds, Woods, and even where
the bathrooms were located!
Personal Stories – Two booths where the visitors themselves can leave a personal
story about Woodstock, the Sixties, or their experiences at The Museum at Bethel
Woods via audio, video, and/or text.
The Music After Woodstock – Snippets of the greatest songs after Woodstock that
have carried forward the legacy and themes of that time. Interpretive narration
provides fascinating details about the songs and the artists.
The Museum at Bethel Woods uses stateoftheart, centralized AV distribution
architecture in which all content is stored in digital form on computer servers in one
location and fed by 5,760 ft. of fiber optic and Cat 5 cable to 17 highdefinition video
projectors and 7 highdefinition video monitors, and 15 interactive touchscreen
computers throughout the exhibit.
The system uses Watchout and Medialon software. Watchout builds and runs the shows,
seamlessly edge blending the many video projectors. Medialon acts as show control,
scheduling all productions throughout the museum. SoundWeb provides the distributed,
programmable audio network.
Approximately 330 photographs are printed on The Museum panels and murals. More
than 2,000 music, film, and photographic elements are included in the films and
More than 300 objects were collected over several years by The Museum’s curatorial
staff. 164 are on display in the permanent exhibit. In addition, some are on loan from the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as from Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Video Testimonies/Oral Histories:
The Museum Development Group has collected more than 70 video testimonies, many of
which have been used throughout The Museum in the films and in excerpts in text panels.
All are permanently kept in The Museum’s archives. The following individuals are
Ken Babbs Eloy Hernandez Carl Porter
Alan Barrish Eloysa Hernandez Grace Potter
Leni Binder Nana Hernandez Joe Scarda
Patrick Buchan Allen Hindin Brenda Hall Schatz
Susan Butkovich Reuben Jackson Charles Scott
Ira Cohen Avram Karel John Sebastian
Susan Cole William Kenney Peter Seeger
Norm Coleman Artie Kornfeld Michael Shrieve
John Conway Marc Koslow Peter Simon
Duke Devlin Eddie Kramer Lisa Sipp
Dennis Elsas Lisa Law Ruth Solomon
Ken Emery Phil Lesh Fred Stabbert, Jr.
Nick & Bobbi Ercoline Mike Levine Fred Stabbert III
Nelson Foss Kathi Lockwood Eric Stange
Caroline “Mountain Girl” Garcia Ray Manzarek Marion Vassmer
Todd Gitlin Tom Masters Diana Thompson Vincelli
Steve Goldberg Albert Maysles Tom Watson
Wavy Gravy Edwin Meese Johnny Winter
Richard Gross Howard Mills,Jr. Dan Yaun
Arlo Guthrie “Country Joe” McDonald Roberta Yagerman
Barbara Hahn Wanda Musacchio Andy Ziegler
Richie Havens Jean Nichols
Warren Haynes John Niflot
The Museum at Bethel Woods: Hours and Ticket Information
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day
Open seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last admission at 5:30 p.m.).
Special hours on concert days: Last general admission at 1:00 p.m.; after 1:00 p.m. for
concert attendees only.
Day after Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend
Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.).
Closed from early January to midMarch.
The Museum is open yearround for school groups, group tours, and special private events
with advance reservation.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
The Museum Shop is open on days The Museum is open, from 10:30 a.m. until Museum
Adults (18 and up) $13.00
Seniors (65 and up) $11.00
Youths (8 to 17) $ 9.00
Children (under 8, with Adult) $ 4.00
To avoid disappointment, advanced tickets are required and may be purchased at the Bethel
Woods ticket office, online at www.BethelWoodsCenter.org or by phone through
Ticketmaster at (845) 4543388.
School groups and group tours are accommodated by advance reservation only. For
additional information on group tours, please call (845) 2952521 or email us at
The Museum at Bethel Woods:
Key Players and Partners
The Gerry Foundation of Liberty, NY directed the planning and execution of all phases of
the development of The Museum at Bethel Woods.
Gallagher & Associates (Museum Designer)
Gallagher & Associates, based in Bethesda, MD with an office in San Francisco, G & A
practices internationally, specializing in museum master planning and exhibition design,
environmental graphics and brand development. The awardwinning firm’s expertise
includes a wide spectrum of visitor experiences such as public and privatesector
museums, visitor centers, hall of fame exhibits, science and learning centers, traveling
exhibitions, and corporate experiences. Current projects total more than 50, including the
new museum for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the National Museum
of American Jewish History, the B.B. King Museum, the National Sports Museum, and the
Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center. (www.gallagherdesign.com)
Westlake Reed Leskosky (Museum Architect)
Westlake Reed Leskosky (“WRL”), founded in 1905, specializes in innovative designs for
Performing and Other Cultural Arts, Workplace Environments, Healthcare, Research and
Technology, and Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. WRL has been honored with
more than 200 significant design awards in the last twentyfive years, including a state
level AIA Gold Medal Firm Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Federal Design
Achievement Award, several honors from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and
a GSA Design Award. The firm's work has been featured nationally and internationally in
professional and popular publications, including Architecture, Architectural Record,
Progressive Architecture, Building Design & Construction, Contract, Interiors and
Zubatkin Owner Representation, LLC (Owner’s Representative)
Zubatkin Owner Representation, LLC (“ZOR”) is a project management/owner
representation firm focusing on the development of museum, performing arts and
institutional projects. ZOR’s clients include the American Museum of Natural History, St.
Patrick’s Cathedral, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Westport Country Playhouse
and New Museum of Contemporary Art, among other prestigious institutions throughout
the Northeast. (www.zubatkin.com)
MEDIA PRODUCTION COMPANIES:
Cortina Productions (Film Production)
Cortina Productions designs and produces awardwinning films and interactive
experiences for museums that entertain, inform, and inspire. Some of its more recent
projects include the Newseum’s 4D Theater, Muhammad Ali Center, Monterey Bay
Aquarium, UNC Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the
American Indian. Cortina produced two of the feature films for The Museum: The Festival
Experience and Woodstock: The Music (www.cortinaproductions.com)
Northern Light Productions (Film Production)
Northern Light Productions (“NLP”) is a fullservice producing highquality, nonfiction
media. The firm seeks to create the kind of programs that start conversations – thought
provoking, well researched, and visually powerful. Established in 1982, the Bostonbased
firm produces a wide variety of work for museums and broadcast worldwide. NLP
produced 17 films for The Museum ranging in length from approximately 3.5 minutes to 18
Second Story Interactive Studios (Interactive Exhibits)
Second Story Interactive Studios is a leading creator of informative and entertaining
interactive media experiences. Since 1994, the studio has created hundreds of original
interactive media experiences by incorporating an inventive mix of technology and
storytelling. Some of its industryleading partners and sponsors include The Getty
Museum, Library of Congress, National Geographic, The Museum of Modern Art,
Experience Music Project, Discovery, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the
Smithsonian Institution. Second Story produced 6 interactives for The Museum. (
The History Channel – History™ (Film Production)
The History Channel – History™ is a leading cable television network featuring
compelling original, nonfiction specials and series that bring history to life in a powerful
and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. History™ has earned four Peabody
Awards, three Primetime Emmy® Awards, ten News & Documentary Emmy® Awards
and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts &
Sciences for the network's Save Our History™ campaign dedicated to historic preservation
and history education. History™ reaches more than 95 million Nielsen subscribers. (
Hadley Exhibits, Inc. (Exhibit Fabricator)
Hadley Exhibits, Inc., based in Buffalo, NY, has been producing highquality exhibits for
museums, trade shows, corporate facilities and visitor centers for over 50 years. The firm
offers a complete range of exhibitrelated services including detailing, engineering,
fabrication, installation, and project management. Clients include the JFK Library and
Museum, the New York State Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, and
the American Museum of Natural History. (www.hadleyexhibits.com)
McCann Systems (AV Integrator)
For over a decade, McCann Systems has created revolutionary audiovisual
communication solutions for companies around the world. McCann Systems unique
designs can be found in just about every major industry including museums, advertising,
broadcast, education, entertainment, finance, government, hospitality venues, insurance and
RomeAntics (AV Designer)
RomeAntics provides multimedia system design, consulting and production management
services. It develops effective strategies for a wide range of unique multimedia
installations, including corporate productions, museums, visitor centers and largescale
video projections. (www.romeantics.com)
PRG Integrated Systems (Lighting Integrator)
Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) is the world's leading supplier of
entertainment technology solutions, including lighting, audio, projection, scenery, and
automation systems. PRG serves a wide range of markets, including theatre, concert tours,
and trade shows, corporate and special events, television and film, and themed
environments. PRG provides its services worldwide through more than 17 offices in North
America, Europe and Asia. (www.prg.com)
Ted Mather Lighting Design (Lighting Designer)
Ted Mather Lighting Design specializes in providing integrated theatrical and
entertainment architectural lighting design services for museums, exhibit designers,
architects, and producers. The firm has completed largescale interactive and
theatrically oriented museums and live attractions around the world. TMLD creates
memorable and unique experiences for visitors and audience members by developing
the artistic vision of the design team into an innovative, dynamic, and cohesive whole.
THE CONTENT DEVELOPMENT TEAM:
The Museum Development Group of the Gerry Foundation, headed by CEO Michael
Egan, consists of 9 professionals, including several seasoned TV and film producers.
For more than twentyfive years, History Associates Incorporated has provided
customized consulting services in historical research and writing, exhibit content, litigation
research, and archives and records management. Its clients have included more than 300
corporations, government agencies, and professional and nonprofit organizations
The author of more than a dozen books on American music, including The Big Book of
Blues, The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, and Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce
Springsteen and the E Street Band, Robert Santelli is also the Executive Director of the
Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Santelli began his music museum career in the early
1990s, serving as VicePresident of Public Programs and Education at the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. In 2000, he became CEO of Experience Music
Project in Seattle. He is also founding director of the National Music Museum Alliance
and the curatorial creator of the British Music Experience in London, scheduled to open in
Dennis Barrie is an internationally distinguished museum director, cultural historian and
an expert in popular culture. He was the opening Executive Director of the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Since joining WRL in 2005, Dr. Barrie has
worked on the conceptualization of the new museum for the Bethel Woods Center for the
Arts and the currentlyindevelopment Las Vegas Museum, a $54 million project for
downtown Las Vegas. Additionally, Barrie has provided developmental services for the
soon to open Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and the proposed Museum of the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, also in Los Angeles.
Dennis Elsas is a legendary NY disc jockey and radio personality from WNEWFM, now
heard daily on WFUV in NYC and nationally on Sirius satellite radio. Dennis is
recognized as a rock authority, known for history making interviews and heard widely as a
voiceover artist. (www.denniselsas.com)
Steve Gillon is the resident historian and host of several series for The History Channel.
Having taught at both Oxford and Yale, he also enjoys a professorship at the University of
Oklahoma. He is the author of Boomer Nation: The Largest and Richest Generation Ever,
and How It Changed America.
Ben FongTorres is a former senior editor and writer at Rolling Stone magazine. He has
published seven books, is a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, and hosts Backstage
Sundays on legendary rock station KFRC (www.kfrc.com).
ADDITIONAL MAJOR CONTENT CONTRIBUTORS:
· Warner Bros Entertainment
· Experience Hendrix, LLC
· Fantality Corporation (Janis Joplin estate)
· VH1 Classics
The Museum at Bethel Woods: Sixties Timeline
February 1, 1960 Sitin at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina
March 2, 1960 Elvis leaves US Army and returns to music
April 14, 1960 Bye Bye Birdie opens in New York
May 5, 1960 U2 spy plane incident
July 11, 1960 Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird published
September 5, 1960 Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) wins light
heavyweight boxing gold medal at 1960 Olympics
November 8, 1960 John F. Kennedy elected president
December 31, 1960 The Kingston Trio’s folk record Here We Go Again is fifth best
selling album of 1960
February 12, 1961 “Shop Around” by the Miracles becomes Motown’s first million
March 1961 Peace Corps founded
April 17, 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion
May 25, 1961 President Kennedy announces America will reach the moon by end
of the decade
August 12, 1961 Berlin Wall built in middle of the night
October 18, 1961 West Side Story soundtrack released
January 13, 1962 “The Twist” by Chubby Checker becomes the top selling single in
February 20, 1962 John Glenn is first American to orbit the earth
February 22, 1962 Kennedy speaks at Berlin Wall
June 1, 1962 Ray Charles releases Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
July 10, 1962 Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, launches in
orbit, inspiring the instrumental hit Telstar
September 1962 Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring published
September 1962 James Meredith enrolls in the University of Mississippi
October, 1962 The United States and Soviet Union reach the brink of war over
nuclear missiles in Cuba
April 6, 1963 First broadcast of Hootenanny, ABC’s folk music variety show
May 11, 1963 Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Puff The Magic Dragon” reaches #2 on the
charts. They also released “Blowin’ in the Wind” later in the year
August 28, 1963 200,000 March on Washington in support of Civil Rights
September 15, 1963 The 16 Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama is bombed,
killing four young African American girls
October 10, 1963 Limited Test Ban Treaty restricts above ground nuclear testing
November 22, 1963 John F. Kennedy assassinated in Texas
February 10, 1964 Dylan releases The Times They Are AChangin’
February 9, 16, 23, 1964
The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show three times in a row,
launching the British Invasion
April 4, 1964 The top five singles in America are all songs by The Beatles; the
group has seven others in the top 100
June 11, 1964 The Civil Rights Act passed by Congress
June 22, 1964 Three young civil rights workers are reported missing in Mississippi;
their bodies are found six weeks later
July 25, 1964 Congress passes landmark antipoverty bill as part of President
Johnson’s Great Society program
August 7, 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed in Congress
October 14, 1964 Martin Luther King wins Nobel Peace Prize
April 12, 1965 The Byrds release “Mr. Tambourine Man”
June 1965 James Brown releases “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”
July 26, 1965 President Johnson announces a troop buildup in Vietnam and
doubles draft quotas. Number of US troops in South Vietnam is
July 30, 1965 President Johnson signs the bill establishing Medicare and Medicaid
August 6, 1965 President Johnson signs Voting Rights Act
August 11, 1965 Race riots break out in Watts
August 1965 Bob Dylan releases “Like a Rolling Stone”
November 1965 The Mamas and the Papas release “California Dreamin’”
March 5, 1966 “Ballad of the Green Berets” by Sgt. Barry Sadler becomes the best
selling single in America
April 1966 The Beach Boys release Pet Sounds
June 1966 National Organization of Women (NOW) founded to lobby for
June 1966 President Johnson announces bombing campaign against North
Vietnam; number of US troops in South Vietnam reaches 285,000
August 8, 1966 The Beatles release Revolver
September 12, 1966 The Monkees TV show goes on the air
January 14, 1967 The Human BeIn takes place in Golden Gate Park
May 8, 1967 Muhammad Ali indicted for refusing to report to his draft board as a
protest against Vietnam
June 1, 1967 The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
June 18, 1967 Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar at the Monterey International Pop
Summer 1967 Summer of Love festivals held in San Francisco and spread
throughout the country
August 30, 1967 Thurgood Marshall confirmed as first African American on the
November 9, 1967 First issue of Rolling Stone magazine released
December 21, 1967 The Graduate opens in movie theatres
January 30, 1968 Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam
April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated in Tennessee
April 23, 1968 Student protesters take over buildings at Columbia University
April 29, 1968 HAIR opens on Broadway
June 5, 1968 Robert F. Kennedy assassinated in California
July 1968 The Band releases Music from Big Pink
August 21, 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia ends the Prague Spring
August 26, 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago marred by clashes
between protestors and police
November 9, 1968 Nixon elected president
May 23, 1969 The Who release the rock opera album Tommy
June 8, 1969 Nixon announces the withdrawal of 25,000 troops from Vietnam
July 14, 1969 Easy Rider opens in US movie theaters
July 21, 1969 Neil Armstrong walks on the moon
August 910, 1969 Charles Manson’s “family” murders seven people in Los Angeles
August 1518, 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair
October 16, 1969 New York Mets win the World Series
November 10, 1969 First broadcast of Sesame Street
December 6, 1969 Four fans are killed during the Altamont Music Festival
The Museum at Bethel Woods: Woodstock Fun Facts
· The festival was conceived by four young partners – Michael Lang, owner of a small store
in New York City; Artie Kornfeld, an executive at Capital Records; and two venture
capitalists, John Roberts and Joel Rosenman.
· It was moved from Wallkill, NY to Bethel, NY just 31 days before it began.
· By the time Woodstock began, Bethel was one of the largest cities in New York State.
· Despite a crowd of 500,000, only 200 people were arrested on site for various drug
· The most documented injury was lacerations and/or puncture wounds to the feet.
· There were two documented deaths: one person died of a drug overdose, and another
person was hit by a tractor while sleeping in a field. Some sources claim there was a third
death due to a ruptured appendix, but that has yet to be proven.
· The Grateful Dead played in the rain. Several members of the band received shocks during
their performance and Phil Lesh (bass player) heard a helicopter radio transmission through
his bass while playing.
· Neil Young played with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, but did not appear in any of the
film footage released of the group playing at Woodstock.
· Richie Havens had to play so long that he ran out of material and improvised what became
one of his biggest songs: “Freedom.”
· The Doors first agreed to consider playing because they thought the festival would be held
in Central Park, but decided against it when they learned the event was in upstate NY.
· Although scheduled to play on Sunday, by the time Jimi Hendrix played on Monday
morning, only 35,000 people remained.
· Arlo Guthrie · Melanie
· Bert Sommer · Mountain
· Blood, Sweat, & Tears · the Paul Butterfield Blues Band
· Canned Heat · Quill
· Country Joe and the Fish · Ravi Shankar
· Country Joe McDonald · Richie Havens
· Creedence Clearwater Revival · Santana
· Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young · ShaNaNa
· Grateful Dead · Sly and the Family Stone
· The Incredible String Band · Sweetwater
· Janis Joplin · Ten Years After
· Jefferson Airplane · The Band
· Jimi Hendrix · The Who
· Joan Baez · Tim Hardin
· Joe Cocker
· John Sebastian
· Johnny Winter
· Keef Hartley Band
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a $100 million outdoor performing arts center and
museum located approximately 90 minutes from New York City at the site of the original
1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY. The 15,000 seat outdoor performing arts venue
and The Museum at Bethel Woods are set within nearly 2,000 bucolic acres. The Pavilion
Stage covers 4,500 seats with another 10,000 on a natural sloping lawn while offering
unique backdrops including the original festival site and the majesty of the surrounding
Sullivan County countryside. Other venues at the center include a 1,000seat outdoor
Terrace Stage, the Museum Events Gallery – an intimate indoor space for performance,
lectures and special events and the original Woodstock concert site, which holds a permit
for 30,000 concertgoers to attend major musical events. This season marks the 10
anniversary of the Harvest Festival, an annual event celebrating the bounty, talent, and
beauty of Sullivan County and the surrounding area.
The Museum at Bethel Woods explores the unique experience of the Woodstock festival,
its significance as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and
the legacies of the Sixties and Woodstock today. Through personal stories and profiles,
immersive multimedia exhibit displays and experiences, engaging programs, and
educational events, The Museum will encourage intergenerational dialogue about
important ideas and issues relevant to today. It will also help preserve the historic site on
which the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair took place. The Museum at Bethel Woods
is an impressive facility with over 10,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space, a
special exhibit gallery, Event Gallery and museum retail store.
The purpose of the arts center is to improve the quality of life in Sullivan County and the
surrounding region by promoting economic development and interest in our region and
its residents through arts, education, and culture at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
The Museum at Bethel Woods is the recipient of the following awards:
· American Association of Museums 2008 MUSE Awards for excellence in
Honorable Mention in Video: 1968: A Year That Shook America
With History, formerly, the History Channel (2008)
Bronze Award in Multimedia installations: The Festival Experience
With Cortina Productions (2008)
· AIA Cleveland Design Award: Honor Award for Built Work (2007)
· USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology) Peggy Ezekiel Award
of Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Consulting: Raymond Kent, CTS,
EAVA for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York (2007)
· Land Development Visionary Project Award Finalist (with Clough Harbour &
Associates LLP) (2007)
· Building Design & Construction, 10th Annual Building Team Awards,
Bronze Award (2007)
· Travel + Leisure Design Awards, Cultural Space Category (2007)
· ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards, Platinum for Special Projects (with
Clough Harbour & Associates LLP) (2006)
· New York Construction: Best of 2006 Award of Merit in the Cultural Category
Alan Gerry Bio
CEO and Chairman, Granite Associates, LP
Alan Gerry is chairman and CEO of Granite Associates LP, a venture capital firm
focused on emerging technologies, and chairman of the Gerry Foundation, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of Sullivan County, NY.
A pioneering entrepreneur in the cable television industry, Mr. Gerry was the founder,
chairman and chief executive officer of Cablevision Industries Corporation (“CVI”), one
of the nation's largest privately owned cable companies. Beginning in 1951, Mr. Gerry
grew the business from a small television sales and repair shop in rural Liberty, New
York, to the eighth largest cable company in the United States. Before being sold to
Time Warner in 1996 for $2.7 billion, CVI operated 64 cable systems across 18 states,
serving more than 1.3 million subscribers.
Mr. Gerry was one of the first entrepreneurs to respond to consumer demands for a
greater number of channels and improved reception in underserved areas of the country.
His innovative use of microwave technology helped make largearea rural cable systems
economical and extended cable's reach. In 1989, Mr. Gerry was among the first to use
fiberoptic cable to transmit a signal in CVI's San Fernando Valley system covering west
Following the sale of CVI to Time Warner, Mr. Gerry created the Gerry Foundation, an
organization established to stimulate a wide range of economic activity and revitalize
Sullivan County, NY. Among the most ambitious projects of the Gerry Foundation has
been the creation of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY on the site of the
1969 Woodstock Festival.
Mr. Gerry has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations including the most
prestigious award granted by the cable television industry, the Vanguard Award for
Distinguished Leadership, which he was awarded in 1995. He was inducted into the
Cable Television Hall of Fame in May 2000. Mr. Gerry has also received the
EntrepreneuroftheYear Award for the New England Chapter of the Institute of
American Entrepreneurs; the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of
America; and the Americanism Award from the AntiDefamation League. In 1999, Mr.
Gerry received an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from Roger
Williams University, and in 2004 an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the
State University of New York.
Mr. Gerry serves on the Board of Trustees for Syracuse University and Guthrie Health
Care System in Sayre, PA.
Mr. Gerry is a major benefactor of schools, colleges and medical institutions including
the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Sullivan County, NY. In 1997, he established
the Paul Gerry Dialysis Center at the Robert Packer Hospital, in honor of his late brother,
in addition to the Alan Gerry Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School
and the Alan Gerry Endowed Scholar Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in
Boston, MA. In 2007 he founded the Alan and Sandra Gerry Metastasis Research Center
at Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center.
Mr. Gerry is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Michael Egan Bio
CEO, Museum Development Group for the Gerry Foundation
Senior Director, The Museum at Bethel Woods
Michael Egan has served as CEO of The Museum Development Group for the Gerry
Foundation since January 2006 and is responsible for all aspects of the development and
construction of The Museum at Bethel Woods. In addition, Mr. Egan also serves as
senior director of The Museum at Bethel Woods.
Mr. Egan has been successfully involved in the television industry for close to 30 years.
He owns and operates Renaissance Media Partners, LLC, which provides strategic
analysis and business development services to cable and satellite television programmers,
distributors, and technology companies. Recent clients have included Comcast Corp.,
Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Rainbow Media, American Life
Television Network, and Microsoft.
In 1996, he cofounded the cable television multiple system owner, Renaissance Media,
LLC. Partnered with Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and Time Warner Cable, the
company purchased and operated a group of cable television systems in the southeastern
United States. In 1999, it was sold to Paul Allen’s Charter Communications.
Mr. Egan previously spent 15 years at Cablevision Industries, Inc. (CVI) where he helped
the company grow from 38,000 customers to become the 8 largest U.S. cable television
company with 1.3 million customers and 2,500 employees in 18 states. As a member of
CVI’s senior management team, he participated in cable operations, corporate policy
development, regulatory compliance, p & l and budget review, system franchising,
acquisitions, and strategic planning. He also maintained primary responsibility for all
company activities in programming, advertising sales, and new product development.
Mr. Egan began his television career with Satori Productions as a producer and
production manager. His industry awards include a CableAce award and a Cable &
Telecommunications Association for Marketing award. He was recently elected to the
Cable Pioneers which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to
the industry over their careers.
Wade Lawrence Bio
Director, The Museum at Bethel Woods
Wade Lawrence is the director of The Museum at Bethel Woods. He has over twenty
years experience in history museums, historic sites, decorative arts, historic preservation,
and heritage tourism.
Before accepting his current position as museum director at Bethel Woods Center for the
Arts, Wade served as the director of Glensheen, a house museum in Duluth, Minnesota,
owned by the University of Minnesota. He has also served as assistant director of
Drayton Hall, a National Historic Landmark in Charleston, South Carolina, which is
owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation; the historic preservation officer
for Orange County, Florida; and the curator of collections at the Historical Society of
York County, Pennsylvania.
Wade studied architecture and studio art at the University of Tennessee and the
University of Florida between 1972 and 1977 before suspending his college career to
work as an architectural draftsman in Duluth, Minnesota. Wade returned to college in
1982, earning his B.A., summa cum laude, in art history from the University of
Minnesota in 1984 and his M.A. in early American culture from the University of
Delaware as a fellow in the prestigious Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in
Peter B. Lane Bio
CEO, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Peter B. Lane, CEO, joined Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in 2007 and brought with
him extensive operations and fundraising experience and a commitment to develop the
overall artistic vision and create expanded new programming that will attract an ever
Before joining Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Mr. Lane spent 10 years as the
president and CEO of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to that, he served
as the executive director of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall for close to a decade,
during which time he was responsible for the development of all concert presentations at
Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and all international tours and recordings.
Mr. Lane also previously served on the administration of the San Francisco Symphony
and Oakland Symphony and served as consultant to several orchestras including the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music and Concordia: A Chamber Symphony, where he
guided the development of business operations and the selection of governing board
A former professional bass player, Mr. Lane has performed with The San Francisco
Opera, The San Francisco Ballet, The San Jose Symphony, and The Berkeley Symphony.
He has also performed with professional jazz and folk ensembles.