Join us for a private tour of the 1968 Exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. This is a popular exhibit that has been on tour in several large cities around the country. It is a unique experience for all - not to be missed! Refreshments will be served.
$50 per ticket
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Refreshments served after the tour
Tour begins at 2:00pm
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It’s been 50 years since 1968: It began with the Tet Offensive, the turning point of the Vietnam War, and never let up. The year saw the assassinations of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy; protests, peace signs, love-ins, psychedelic rock; Black Power; the struggle for women’s rights; the violent conflicts at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; and the first full-color images of Earth from outer space beamed by Apollo 8.
The experiences of the year fueled a persistent, if often contradictory, sense of identity for the people who were there. The unsettled nature of the debate about damage done or victories won makes this subject so compelling and urgent.
This immersive exhibit transports visitors back to 1968. Organized chronologically, the experience begins in January with a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter that has “landed” in an American living room, and concludes in December with a replica Apollo 8 Command Module and a display of Apollo 8’s iconic “Earthrise” image with audio from the mission’s astronauts.
The sights and sounds of this media-saturated age fill the exhibit, and stories from the people who were there are shared throughout. Interactive “lounges” focus on music, movies and television, and feature iconic artifacts including a suede vest worn by Jimi Hendrix, a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” lunch box, and a sweater and shoes worn by Fred Rogers on the television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
You’ll also see:
- The torch from the 1968 Olympics
- Oral histories from civil rights workers and Vietnam vets
- Presidential campaign artifacts
- Landmark TV, film, and news clips
- Vintage fashions, household items, and toys
The 1968 Exhibit helps us understand where we have come from and where we are today — and how the events of this one year have shaped the politics and people of the last half-century.