Explore US history through popular culture, earn PD hours, visit the Woodstock festival grounds and The Barn at Levon Helm Studios

The cultural forces at play throughout the 1960s coalesced during the August 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival at Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel Woods, NY. The Woodstock At 50 institute, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, uses the festival as a springboard to explore changes in US culture from the 19th century to the present, and to help educators engage and guide students toward informed action as they shape the future.

Historian, author, and long time Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally will serve as Scholar in Residence, sharing from his deep research of the post-war Bay Area “Beat” and “Hippy” scenes, as well as his work connecting race and popular culture from Mark Twain to the present.

The 3-day institute features hands-on workshops, and a full-day trip for sessions at the Woodstock grounds in Bethel Woods, NY, and The Barn at Levon Helm Studios. Participants will leave armed with exciting, ready-to-implement arts integration techniques as well as access to free resources useful for years to come.

The conference is hosted at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, CT, and educators from across the country are eligible for professional development hours through the CCSU Department of History.

For more information and to register visit the NCSS site. For questions, please contact bill@rockandrollforever.org