History has the power to teach, empower, and inspire.

Here, much of our programming is built around Woodstock and the themes of the sixties. We use this to foster dialogue and make connections about the historic decade and ideals of a generation that remain relevant today: peace, connection to the environment, civility, and kindness. As stewards of the site, we are honored with the duty to preserve these grounds so that future generations may learn from the past. To borrow from 1960s ideology, everyone has the power to change the world.

As we continue the critical work of preserving our unique historic site and harnessing the power of history we recently welcomed Dr. Neal V. Hitch, the new Senior Curator at The Museum at Bethel Woods.

“…nostalgia and history exist at the site of the original concert in Bethel, New York. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts keeps the freaky flag flying through its comprehensive, state-of-the-art museum dedicated to the festival, its organizers, the musical artists, and the maelstrom of events splattered across the headlines and the songs of the day. A walk through the museum is curated as both a chronology and a tie-dye sunburst of the 60s and 70s.” – Forbes.com
Thank you Bethel Woods for inviting the young change makers from Sullivan West for Youth Leadership Day. Special thanks to Mrs. Hillreigel and company for helping coordinate this important trip! Great leaders help bring out the best of those around them! This is a special group!

-Dan Parisi , Director of Technology, Sullivan West Central School District

“It’s too often that schools and families lack the resources for cultural enrichment activities. Giving in support of school visits, opens the door that much wider to local students, many of whom might not otherwise get the chance to visit and learn about the history that happened here and to understand why that history remains so important today.”

- Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (2009-2019)