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Queer Elders Oral History Project

In partnership with Bethel Woods Museum, the American LGBTQ+ Museum is helping to collect the oral histories of our queer elders in New York City locations throughout July and August, 2024.


Since 2020, the Bethel Woods Museum has been deeply committed to the collection and preservation of stories from the people who know the music, movements, activism, and culture of the 1960s best. In 2024, Bethel Woods Museum was awarded a major federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to meet storytellers where they are by travelling and working with partner organizations to connect with new individuals and communities.

Throughout 2024, Museum curators are going across the country and pinpointing locations in New York state to capture your unique stories, with an overall goal of collecting 4,500 stories from the people who attended the Woodstock festival and other seminal events of the decade. This archive will be the most significant collective memory of the music and movements of the 1960s and will be a defining legacy of the Bethel Woods Museum.

If you attended Woodstock, Stonewall, protested for your rights or to end the war, or have another story of activism and culture in the 1960s, we want to hear your story! New perspectives are welcome as the Museum works to represent all voices.


Dates and Locations:

SAGE at 305 Seventh Avenue, New York

  • Tuesday, July 9
  • Wednesday, July 10
  • Thursday, July 11

Brooklyn Community Pride Center at 1360 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

  • Tuesday, July 16
  • Saturday, July 20

The Center at 208 West 13th Street, New York

  • Wednesday, July 24
  • Thursday, July 25

New-York Historical Society, at 170 Central Park West, New York

  • Sunday, August 4