This week, CNN brought some amazing history to New York. Yesterday on May 30, 2014 we had the opportunity to check out Linda Gordon's lecture on "The Impact of Birth Control: Sex & Family in the 1960s." Linda is the Florence Kelley professor of history at New York University. Matt Harris a tour guide, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and yesterday he spoke about "Launching into History: Project Mercury." These events were one of many that CNN and Smithsonian Affiliates included in their "A Look Into The Sixties Exhibit" at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Read our exclusive interview about the show and exhibit below:
What inspired the exhibit?
The exhibit is inspired by the 10-part CNN Original Series, "The Sixties," executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog. The series premiered May 29 at on CNN and airs on successive Thursdays. Each new episode explores a different facet of the extraordinary era that changed the world – in pop culture, politics, music, technology, and civil rights – with a resonance that endures today.
What were some highlights of the exhibit?
"A Look Into The Sixties" included the in-flight coveralls used by Neil Armstrong during training for the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar mission, the bench and key from the jail cell of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from which he wrote "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," original Woodstock memorabilia from the famed 1969 peace and music festival, and a television camera used to film the historic Nixon/Kennedy presidential debate.
The special installation was offered with guided tours and history talks led by noted experts. Other highlights included: models of the Cold War-era Titan II and Minuteman II missiles, four seats from the Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth store lunch counter where the sit-in movement began in 1960, the infamous Beatles “Butcher” album cover, the original cover art for their album, "Yesterday and Today" and Roberto Clemente’s 1966 Golden Glove to name a few.
What was the collaborative process like between CNN and the Smithsonian?
The collaborative process between CNN and Smithsonian Affiliations has allowed us to bring together iconic treasures from across the Smithsonian Affiliate network. This has been a groundbreaking collaboration bringing these museums together on a national stage provided by CNN.