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Wade Lawrence was skeptical when he heard about Steve Gold’s discovery.

The stage on which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held had been missing since it was dismantled in 1969. But last year, Lawrence, the museum director and senior curator at The Museum at Bethel Woods, was told Gold had uncovered the wood for the stage. For 48 years, it had been serving as a paddleboard court in Sullivan County.

For as unlikely as that sounds, when Lawrence saw the wood panels up close he noticed signature markings on the wood, and distinctive nail patterns. And, Gold received verification from the original wood manufacturer and an independent consulting firm that he had found the genuine article.

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