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By: Renee Grant

The site of one of music’s most memorable moments is now recognized for its historical significance. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in the town of Bethel, NY, the site of the infamous 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the news on Tuesday, June 6th. Cuomo said that the festival, which drew almost half a million people to Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in August of 1969 was a “pivotal moment in both New York and American history,” and that the landmark will now be preserved for future generations.

Bethel Woods Center CEO Darlene Fedun says the recognition will further the center’s educational and cultural efforts at the museum and the surrounding area that embody theĀ “spirit of the ’60s.”

The 800-acre site is 90 miles north of New York City.

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