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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Walking down Fest’s Memory Lane

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites (HBMS) is presenting two exhibitions honoring the history of Musikfest in Bethlehem and the people it has impacted. “Mugshots: Oral Histories” and “Musikfest Memorabilia” each look to community members to help tell the story of the largest, ungated free music festival in America.

“Mugshots: Oral Histories” is a collaborative project that marries oral history interviews and photography with interactive displays that provide a fun space for people to share their accounts of Musikfest. Each personal account is recorded and uploaded to the StoryCorps website – a nonprofit oral history organization that is dedicated to collecting and sharing memories worldwide –where it will be archived in the Library of Congress database.

Throughout the space, Musikfest memorabilia is exhibited to remind visitors of the days when the Chicken Lady danced down Main Street or of candle lit walks through the festival grounds.

Children, teens and adults are all encouraged to participate and are welcome to stop by at the 1810 Goundie House to share their story. The Goundie House is located at 501 Main St. in Bethlehem and admission is free.

The Mugshots exhibit begins Aug. 4 and runs through the Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day, for oral history interviews; for the remainder of Musikfest, the building closes at 7 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display until Sept. 1.

Those unable to participate in a Mugshots interview may be involved in some other ways:

• Take a trip down memory lane with the Musikfest memorabilia pop-up exhibition that will display an array of irreplaceable Musikfest souvenirs. See posters, programs, pins, T-shirts, and mugs from Musikfests past, dating back from the first year of the festival: 1984.

• Stop by the HBMS photo booth to take a polaroid picture with “Mr. Goundie” in his office. Pin it up with a handwritten note on the community board.

• Use the hashtag #FestMemories on social media as you post pictures of the event or to share your own story.

• Mugshots for the Pint Sized: Kids can draw their own portrait to add to the community board at the Goundie House.

For more information, call 1.800.360.TOUR or visit HistoricBethlehem.org.

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