History Center to put turbulent time of '1968' on display

  • January 29, 2011 - 7:51 AM

A new multimedia display exploring events that rocked America in 1968 will debut this fall at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

WHY? It was a defining year in the turbulent 1960s and a turning point for a new generation coming of age and a nation at war. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. Apollo 8 sent back amazing pictures of the Earth. Women's liberation groups protested at the Miss America beauty pageant. And the Beatles' "Hey Jude" was atop the Billboard charts for eight weeks.

DETAILS: "The 1968 Exhibit" will delve into such topics as the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the rise of Black Power, politics and pop culture. It will feature a 5,000-square-foot space with artifacts from more than a dozen other museums. A companion website will enable users to share their 1960s stories and experiences.

WHEN: The exhibit opens Oct. 14 and runs through Feb. 20, 2012. It was developed by the Minnesota History Center in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California. It will travel to those institutions and to the Philadelphia Constitution Center throughout 2012 and into 2013, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


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