The 2016 Pennstock event took place on May 24th and 25th. This annual event is held in commemoration of the famous Woodstock Music Festival held fromĀ August 15-18, 1969, on a dairy farm in New York State.

Over 400,000 people attended the original 1969 Woodstock to see performances that included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Grateful Dead. For the US History students at Penn, this is an opportunity to recreate the event and preserve its importance.

Penn students are given the opportunity to perform songs live, hold psychedelic informational booths, and have a good time. Although Penn does not have the same caliber of performances as the original event, it is still a great way to remember the events of Woodstock.

By recreating Woodstock in a new and unique way, students can be introduced to the ideas and culture of the late 1960’s, including anti-Vietnam war posters and calls to protect the environment. Pennstock and its tradition will continue on here at Penn for years to come.

For information on last year’s Pennstock, click here.


By Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty teaches English and Mass Media Studies at Penn High School. He advises the Penn News Network and manages the PNN Studio and news room. For more information, navigate your browser to