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Museum Tour: The 1968 Exhibit

Museum Tour: The 1968 Exhibit

After purchasing tickets we will gather in the Great Hall in front of the Museum Shop.

After the self tour, we will regroup at the Soda Fountain on the upper level. If anyone is interested in going somewhere for lunch (keeping with the theme a period diner?) we can talk about it then. I have a membership and can get one person in for free – as long as you're willing to answer to the name Liz.


The 1968 Exhibit, a focused examination of a single year that shaped the rest of the 20th century and is still relevant today.

1968 is one of the most pivotal years in the 20th century. A year filled with significant historical events, revolutionary film, television, and music, and groundbreaking images of earth taken from the Apollo 8 space capsule. The Durham Museum is hosting

The social forces that swirled through the turbulent 1960s crested in 1968. It was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war. The year saw the peak of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, riots at the Democratic National convention, assertions of Black Power at the Olympic Games and feminist demonstrations at the Miss America pageant. Hair opened on Broadway, Laugh-In debuted and became the number-one show on TV, Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate picked up Oscars and Johnny Cash gave a legendary performance at Folsom Prison. President Lyndon Johnson spoke of a country "challenged, at home and abroad" in his State of the Union address; his successor Richard Nixon, promised in his nomination acceptance speech that "the long dark night for America is about to end."

Free admission for Durham members. $9 for general public adults; $7 for seniors; $6 for youth ages 3-12; children under age 3 are free

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  • Peg N.

    It was a great exhibit. So many things I had forgotten about were there. And things we have today because of those days brings meaning to those struggling days. A blast from my past.

    March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry we didn't make it to Omaha in time to join you! I will be watching for another opportunity. Glad you had a nice time!

    March 9, 2014

  • Steve

    Nostalgic visit to the past not so much difference than today but decades remove had fun sharing it with the group

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!

    March 8, 2014

  • Karla

    It was a nice nostalgic afternoon! I remember fighting with my sister over the Mrs Beasley doll in one of the exhibit's.
    Seeing part of a space capsule reminded me of this article on the history of the space suit and I thought I share.

    http://www.thecredits.org/2013/09/bras-in-space-the-incredible-true-story-behind-upcoming-film-spacesuit/

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it as I have to work OT at the office, but have seen the exhibit and enjoyed it. Hopefully, you will too. It brought back a lot of memories. . . especially the old tv and furniture. Really reminded me of my home growing up. Have fun everyone!

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds great! I am going to check my schedule

    March 2, 2014

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