Make History Again!
Were you at the Woodstock festival? Share your story in the Woodstock Alumni Registry and help the Museum build the definitive record of the defining moment of the 1960s. Registry alums will also receive information from time to time about special events and networking opportunities designed especially for them.
The information you provide will become part of the permanent museum archive and will be a useful research tool for visitors and scholars to learn more about the festival and its participants and enrich our understanding of the festival and its impact.
Future plans for the Registry include a viewable/searchable database (with all personal identifying information securely hidden).
Sample Stories From The Registry
Here is a small sampling of the stories left by Woodstock alums in the Woodstock Alumni Registry. These are unedited accounts, so the grammar and spelling is just as it was written by the person who experienced it.
Looking back, I believe we were naive. Still, the experience changed me. Now that I'm an old man, I listen to kids more. I remember how badly we wanted to be heard when we were young. We were heard at Woodstock. ML, Sandwich, MA (Male)
I lost a contact lens on Friday night and was there alone and had a bad experience. So I was crying and a guy stopped me. I told him I just wanted to get out of the festival. He turned out to be Joan Baez's road manager and was on his way back to the Holiday Inn so I started a night long trip in the back of his VW bug. We got there early on Saturday where I met Joan Baez (very pregnant) who offered her room for me to take a nap - I guess I looked pretty tired. PS, Salt Lake City, UT (Female)
I was drafted shortly after woodstock....did a couple tours in vietnam with the navy '71-75. Woodstock was probably my last hurrah before true adulthood. Bragging rights. My kids think it's cool. GW, Plantation, FL (Male)
I saw this boy, who had shoulder length hair and took my breath away. We met and have been married for 36 years. GM, Sparta, NJ (Female)
I think the whole experience was a tremendous eye opener for me. As a young city kid going to a Catholic Boys high school and attending all of Woodstock, I got to see a part of life I probably would not have been exposed to otherwise. I saw people of all shapes and sizes, different colors, long hair, short hair, clothed, naked, etc. and everyone got along. I got to attend the largest gathering of humans with virtually no violence. That has left a lasting impression on me. I think because of my Woodstock experience I've have been a much tolerant person than I would have been had I not gone. JW, Hamilton, NJ (Male)
My Woodstock experience gave me a lot of trust in the basic nature of human love. GD, Harrison, ME (Male)
And as we parked, a guy came up to us and said, "Hey man, I'm so glad you guys are here! This is gonna be great!" And we all agreed and as he walked away, we looked at each other and said, "Do you know that guy?" Nobody did, and I knew from that moment that I was in for something special. God bless him. TR, Wilmington, DE (Male)
It is and has always been a part of my life. I am part of the Woodstock generation and that means that I have a responsibility to take care of people, pay attention to the rights of others (especially those who traditionally do not have many civil rights). That attitude has led me to choose a career working with youth and with people with disabilities. Woodstock also opened my mind to the many possibilities in the world; to consider a lifestyle that was not only the traditional one. Again, my life has included experiences and people who I would not have imagined when I was 17 years old. MP, Bayside, CA (Male)
How Else Can I Share My Story
In addition to the online Registry, there are two “Personal Stories” booths located in the Museum’s Main Exhibit, where Museum guests may comment on four prompts: “I was at Woodstock...no, really I was,” “I wasn’t at Woodstock because…,” “The Sixties still matter because…,” or “Today I learned….” Stories may be spoken or typed, and other Museum guests are free to browse through the responses.
The preferred method for submitting your Woodstock story is through the Woodstock Alumni Registry, but If you would prefer, you may also email your Woodstock story directly to The Museum at [email protected].
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