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Dedicated to the Historic Preservation of the Site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival

THE WOODSTOCK SITE
Hurd & West Shore Rds
Sullivan County
Bethel  NY


 

January 21, 2003

PRESS RELEASE
FROM: THE WOODSTOCK PRESERVATION ALLIANCE - www.TheWoodstockSpirit.org
CONTACT: WPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS - theWPA@TheWoodstockSpirit.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RE: National Trust for Historic Preservation - Application for Nomination to America's 11 Most Endangered Sites for 2003

The Woodstock Preservation Alliance announced today that it has submitted a nomination to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to have the 38 acre site of the original Woodstock Music & Arts Fair added to the list of "11 Most Endangered Sites" for 2003.

The Woodstock Music & Arts Fair took place in August, 1969 on the land of farmer Max Yasgur, in the Town of Bethel, Sullivan County, NY. Sullivan County billionaire Alan Gerry purchased the land in 1997 and is building a Performing Arts Center and other structures, some of which will be built on the original 38 acre site.

The Woodstock Preservation Alliance seeks to preserve the original site in its present condition, free from structures, fencing, or other obtrusive objects. It contends that the Gerry Foundation has plenty of land surrounding the site on which to build its structures while leaving the original site intact. The WPA does not oppose the Performing Arts Center, merely the placement of it, or any support structures.

Particularly disturbing to the WPA is the fact that the Pataki administration gave 15 million dollars toward the building of the PAC, while announcing today that aid to schools will be cut by 1.24 billion dollars. The education of children in New York State should be a much higher priority than destroying a cultural and historical landmark.

Additional information about the Woodstock Preservation Alliance and its efforts to preserve the original site can be found at: http://www.thewoodstockspirit.org/




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