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Date: December 18, 2009
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Project Honored With 2009 Thea Award

The Museum at Bethel Woods in Bethel, New York, which includes numerous exhibits developed with the assistance of History Associates, received the 2009 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in the museum category.  The annual award, presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), recognizes international excellence in the creation and production of outstanding visitor experiences, attractions, and exhibits.

During the two-year project, History Associates worked alongside a team of Bethel Woods developers, museum designers, period-content authorities, and film and interactive makers to create the museum storyline, write label text, and collect and license hundreds of historic images.  The Thea Award committee commended The Museum at Bethel Woods for the high quality of its exhibits and noted its “expert use of a wide variety of exhibit tools and techniques by which visitors are drawn deep into the events.”  History Associates’ researchers located both captivating imagery and compelling stories  that,  interpreted together, bring the festival to life and help visitors understand how the 1960s transformed America’s cultural and political landscapes.

The Museum at Bethel Woods, which opened in June 2008,  joins other distinguished Thea Award recipients including the International Spy Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Walt Disney World, and the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

For more information on The Museum at Bethel Woods, please visit   For more information on the Thea Award, go to

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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