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'The 1968 Exhibit' at The Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin

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The year 1968 was a turbulent year in American history and there's currently an exhibit at The Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin that brings the highlights of this year to the public. There's still time to check out The 1968 Exhibit in the museums's Herzstein Hall as this traveling exhibit will be onsite until September 1, 2014. It takes museum visitors back in time to the year that helped shape the rest of the 20th century.

The 1968 Exhibit brings this year to life through photographs, artifacts, vintage pop culture items and interactive activities. It is presented chronologically by month and highlights the important events that took place each month. This includes the peak of the Vietnam War, riots and demonstrations across the country and the assassinations of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert Kennedy. It ends with the Apollo 8 mission's orbit of the moon that took place in December and has the first ever images of Earth taken from space. Pop culture events that took place in 1968 included the opening of “Hair” on Broadway, the debut of “Laugh-In” on television and Johnny Cash’s famous performance at Folsom Prison.

Items on display include:

  • The iconic purple jacket worn by rock legend Jimi Hendrix
  • Mr Roger’s sweater and sneakers
  • Vintage album covers and musical equipment
  • Vietnam era artifacts like a full size Huey helicopter, a draft notice, helmets and other gear
  • An actual program from Dr King’s funeral

There are interactive lounges that focus on the music, design, movies and television that shaped a generation. The public will have a chance to cast a vote in the 1968 presidential election, listen to the music of the 60s and challenge friends to a 1960s style quiz show.

A companion exhibit “When Austin Got Weird” opened on July 11 in the Third Floor Rotunda Gallery. This exhibit highlights the Austin music scene during that time via music posters from two Austin collections and explores the artists and venues that helped define the Austin music scene from the 60s and 70s.

The 1968 Exhibit

The Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 936-8746

June 7 – September 1, 2014

Prices range from $8 to $12 and are available at the museum or online.

Source: Elizabeth Page