The museum is the recipient of the Manes Peace Prize, which is awarded annually to American individuals or organizations who notably promote peace or contribute to good will. It comes with a grant of $25,000 that Museum officials intend to apply to the construction of a promenade that will make it easier for people with disabilities to visit the distinctive, hexagonal museum building and for art objects to be moved in and out of it.
The museum is located on Bach Road in the town of Saugerties, where its founders, Nathan Koenig and Shelli Lipton, reside. Since its inception in 1989, the museum has presented an annual film and video festival and other events at both the Bach Road site, which includes a 50-seat multimedia center in a separate studio building, and locations such as Town Hall in Woodstock. The 2007 festival featured screenings of performances by Sixties-era fixtures Jefferson Starship and Barry McGuire and Koenig's film of the Dalai Lama's September 2006 visit to Woodstock. Previously screened films also include The Tibetan Book of the Dead, narrated by Leonard Cohen, and The Great Conspiracy, which examines "the use of fear in the war on terrorism." Approximately a thousand people have attended recent festivals, according to the founders.
"We try to educate people about the legacy of the Sixties, through the work of Ginsberg, Dylan, and others," said Koenig. "We want to show that the hippies were right about a lot of things and our generation will resonate through history. We try to keep the vision, as we saw it and see it, alive." ... "