1968: The Exhibit in Philadelphia

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia’s current special exhibit is called, fittingly enough, “The 1968 Exhibit.” It focuses on that pivotal year in U.S. history when the war in Vietnam was at its height and the antiwar movement was beginning to pick up steam.

On view through September 2, the exhibit is made up of twelve areas corresponding to the months of the year, along with three lounge spaces that highlight the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights and women’s liberation movements, and more.

The exhibit includes a real Huey medevac helicopter used by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War; a full-sized replica of the Apollo 8 command module; and rock star memorabilia—concert tickets, posters, and autographs of icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

For more info, go to the Center’s website , which also contains a video.

The exhibition was organized by the Minnesota History Center in association with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. It was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 




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