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Woodstock artifact collection at The Museum at Bethel Woods

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Through the generosity of our donors, the Museum has built an impressive collection of period photographs, film footage, newspapers, and ephemera, as well as clothing, jewelry, posters, and other artifacts to be used in exhibits and for scholarly research. Items from donors include:

Home-made Woodstock flag

This very special handmade flag was created by Woodstock attendees Barbara Franco, Marcella Turzanski, and Barbara Dee Deacle that the women created to identify their campsite. This flag, donated by Franco, is now in the Museum’s permanent collection! 

Hats from the festival

What fashion trends do you remember from growing up? In the 1960s, hippies were often wearing big & bright clothing, just like this floppy orange felt hat donated by Woodstock attendee Beverly Andrews-Potry. The hat was purchased from a vendor at Woodstock & worn throughout the festival. Similar ones can be seen in many photos,

Hog Farm Sash

At Woodstock, the Hog Farm commune helped take care of everyone. They provided food at the Free Kitchen and operated a “Freak-Out Tent” to assist people experiencing bad trips. One of the best things was that everyone could become a Hog Farmer for the weekend! Sashes like this one, donated by festival attendee Robbie Anderman, were handed out to anyone willing to lend a hand.

1960s Peace Flag

In the 1960s, some young people expressed their idea of peace by putting the peace symbol on the American flag. This illustrated their desire for a unified country in a time when America was politically divided over the war in Vietnam and other social issues. This particular “peace flag” was donated by Mark Shustack, who was a college student when he brought it to Woodstock in 1969. During the rain on Saturday and Sunday, he and his girlfriend wrapped themselves in the flag to stay dry.

Woodstock Apparel

Does that pattern look familiar? In 1970, textile manufacturers used a black & white photograph of the crowd at Woodstock shot by Baron Wolman to create printed fabrics. Donor Sue Metz once owned this trendy set: a motorcycle jacket & matching short shorts. Pieces like this were at their height of popularity right around the release of the Woodstock documentary. The film renewed the public’s interest in Woodstock & many wanted a little bit of the festival for themselves.

Items We're Looking For

Looking toward the future, The Museum would like for its permanent collection to be the definitive collection of 1960s and Woodstock-related artifacts and reference materials in the world. To reach that goal, there are some collecting areas that we need to concentrate on. We ask that collectors, Woodstock participants, and others consider The Museum at Bethel Woods as an appropriate home for the following:

  • Clothing, accessories, and costumes worn on-stage at the Woodstock festival.
  • Musical instruments and equipment used on-stage at the Woodstock festival.
  • Artwork displayed at the art fair portion of the Woodstock festival.
  • Original negatives, slides, or prints of photographs taken at the Woodstock festival.
  • Home movies shot at the Woodstock festival.
  • Woodstock staff shirts/jackets in each color (we already have red).
  • Original business papers, contracts, correspondence, etc. related to the festival.
  • Iconic artifacts of 1960s political or popular culture (for example: draft lottery numbers and cage; “I AM A MAN” placard from the Memphis sanitation workers strike).

Because we already have several authenticated Woodstock tickets, and because there are so many fakes that are hard to detect, we do not accept Woodstock tickets. We also rarely accept autographed items unless the item itself (without the autograph) is needed for the collection.

To Donate

If you have an item to donate to the Museum’s permanent collection, please contact Robin Green at rgreen@bethelwoodscenter.org with a photo and description of your item. Please NO NOT bring your item to the Museum without first contacting us.

Artifact Authentication & Appraisals

Museum staff may offer educated opinions about the authenticity of items brought in for examination, with prior arrangement. Museum staff may not, however, conduct appraisals or otherwise offer any opinions about the monetary value of any artifact or historical item. Anyone requiring such an appraisal is directed to one of the following professional organizations to locate a qualified appraiser in their area:

National Association of Professional Appraisers
234 Lewis Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 720-0332

International Society of Appraisers
1131 SW 7th Street, Suite 105
Renton, WA 98055
(206) 241-0359