Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution



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Mugshots: Oral Histories & Musikfest Memorabilia Exhibitions Preserving, Sharing, and Remembering Musikfest.

 August 4 - September 1

Location: The 1810 Goundie House
Hours: Interviews will be conducted from 11am-6pm from August 4-August 13.
The Mugshots Exhibition is open to the public from August 4 - September 1.

Mugshots: Oral Histories & 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.

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. Honor the old traditions, and celebrate the new ones.

Help make history now! Share and preserve your Musikfest memories, join a community of voices that will be preserved for years to come in the Library of Congress!

Oral history collects and preserves memories, historical information, past events, or interviews of witnesses by using sound or video recording.

Memorialize your experiences by telling your story in your own voice! 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.

StoryCorps hopes to create connections, teach society the value of listening, strengthen communities around the world, and remind humanity that everyone’s story matters.

Listen to your own and others oral histories after the Mugshots exhibition by registering on the StoryCorps.me website and following Historic Bethlehem. 

Interviews are taken on a walk-in basis. Participants are invited into the Interview Lounge, generously furnished by Domaci where they can relax in style as they are interviewed by a trained HBMS representative.

Interviews take approximately 10-15 minutes and will be published to the StoryCorps website at the end of each day.

To commemorate the people behind the stories, HBMS will snap a black and white portrait of each participant—formatted with a word they select to describe Musikfest. These photographs will be shared in a rotating exhibition on the first floor of the Goundie House until September 1st.

Can't participate in a Mugshots interview? Here are other ways you can get involved:

  • 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 and tag Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites 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.
  • Commemorate your visit by purchasing a 2017 Musikfest mug at our Visitor Center on Main Street where your purchase will directly support 20 historic sites!

Have a blast with Historic Bethlehem during Musikfest & Fest at the Mill! View Our Schedule of Activities.

A Special Thank You

Thank you to to our partnering organization, Domaci for generously furnishing
the Interview Lounge.

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