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.
The whole thing was pretty amazing, But I remember walking on a wooden bridge that we thought was taking us to the other side of the woods, but it ended about 20 feet from where we got on. I remember a sonic boom sound that a jet made and another day there was a peace sign made in the sky. Skinny dipping was a real treat for this 19 year old and you can read about in my book "We are Woodstock" which is sold at the museum. Houston, TX (Male)
I was 17 and just got my license, told my parents I was going to visit my brother in New Paltz. We did visit him and then drove to Woodstock. Had no tickets , but just drove in. We did LSD , hung out in car a lot during the rain. Don't remember having any food or drink but I guess we had something? I remember the mud!! Remember the music in the background and all the people. Westport, CT (Female)
My girlfriend Edie (now my wife) and I, along with three of her friends decided to acend. Just before we led, we heard news reports of terrible traffic jams and incredible numbers of people descending on the concert site. While the others wanted to leave immediately, I insisted that we stop at a supermarket and stock up on food and camping su[lies. Since I was the driver, I fortunately won the argument, because there was absolutely nothing available once we got there. We ended up parking two or three miles from the site. There were no more gates, fences or ticket takers. We found a patch of ground where we
could see the stage in the distance and hear the music. Sound quality was surprisingly good. Hauppauge, NY (Male)
We didn't have tickets for the festival but my friend and I decided we had to go anyway. We were 16 years old and we bought a one-way ticket in on the last bus from the Port Authority. We were lucky to get there because of the traffic. As soon as we got off the bus, some guy came over and gave us a paper bag filled with bottles of Bali-Hai wine and walked away. We took a bottle and passed it on. I remember, Richie Havens was on singing "Freedom" which seemed to go on forever as we could not wait to hear the next bands. We had a dollar in our pocket. The food was sold out and we lived on on one can of pork and beans (which we ate within the first hour). Leaving was another story. With no money, we hitched a ride from two girls as far as the Bronx and we had to panhandle the subway fare to get home. Brooklyn, NY (Male)
[My all time favorite Woodstock musical performance was] the all night session Saturday nite to Sunday AM, we were able to move close to the stage and close to center as people left to escape the rain and the mud, we stayed there under plastic and were cold but relatively dry. Sugar Land, TX (Male)
It is a special feeling knowing that we were part of a historic event. I feel proud to this day that so many young people could come together peacefully to enjoy good feelings and good music under such adverse conditions. Jim and I have been back to
the site several times, have purchased two commemorative pavers, and will attend the 50th anniversary concerts. CAWalnut Creek, CA (Male)
When my friend Dottie and I were leaving Atlanta, it was a month before the festival was starting. We went up to the strip to start hitch hiking and caught a ride with five boys that I didn’t know. Turned out to be one of the best trip I have ever been on. We did stop at the Atlantic City Festival before going to the Woodstock Festival. We went to the town of Woodstock first and found out that it was going to be in Bethel. We were some of the first people to get there. And I stayed for a couple of weeks after the festival. Lynn Haven, FL (Female)
After thousands left, I moved up to the very front to watch my favorite muscian, Jimi Hendrix. He embodied everything great about blues and rock. He was for me, the consummate rocker of of my time. Someone passed his Benson and Hedges from
the press pit behind the fence to me and I took a puff off this communal DNA share. Beautiful, brilliant, authetic, passionate, mesmerizing, spiritual, sexy and SONIC. I had seen him at age 16 on the front row of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and here he was in daylight right in front of me, again! Beverly, MA (Female)
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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