JANUARY: ‚ÄúTHE LIVING ROOM WAR‚Äù
Visitors enter a living room where a Huey helicopter has ‚Äúlanded.‚Äù A television plays news reports about the escalating conflict of the Tet Offensive and Walter Cronkite casting doubt over the war effort.
FEBRUARY: ‚ÄúWE‚ÄôRE LOSING THIS WAR‚Äù
Opposite the helicopter, a media presentation relates combat stories from Vietnam war veterans. On Feb. 18 the Pentagon announced the highest weekly death toll of the war.
Lounge ‚Äì TV & Movies
Visitors settle into bean-bag chairs to watch TV clips from shows such as ‚ÄúLaugh-In,‚Äù ‚ÄúGunsmoke‚Äù and ‚ÄúThe Monkees‚Äù and films such as ‚ÄúBonnie and Clyde,‚Äù ‚ÄúFunny Girl‚Äù and ‚Äú2001: A Space Odyssey.‚Äù Highlights from the Olympic Games, Super Bowl II and the World Series are also shown.
MARCH: ‚ÄúTHE GENERATION GAP‚Äù
Exhibit-goers experience student activism, especially the ‚ÄúClean for Gene‚Äù movement for anti-war Democratic presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. The sexual revolution is represented by the ‚ÄúLeClair Affair‚Äù in which a Barnard co-ed was disciplined for living off-campus with her boyfriend.
APRIL: ‚ÄúI HAVE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP‚Äù
The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and its impact on the American people is told through a media presentation that includes the words of Dr. King from his ‚ÄúMountaintop Speech,‚Äù given the day before his murder, and oral history excerpts from people remembering King and his legacy.
MAY: ‚ÄúI AM SOMEBODY‚Äù
Following King‚Äôs death, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy took up the Poor People‚Äôs Campaign. Visitors learn about the Campaign‚Äôs call for jobs, income and housing equality and view images of ‚ÄúResurrection City,‚Äù a tent city set up on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
JUNE: ‚ÄúTHE DEATH OF HOPE‚Äù
Robert F. Kennedy‚Äôs brief presidential campaign and the effect of his assassination on Americans are explored. The presidential campaign of Hubert H. Humphrey is also presented.
Lounge - Music
Original albums cover the wall and shadow boxes display concert tickets, programs, posters and autographs from musicians of the era. Visitors can take a 1968 music quiz and make their own album covers that they can share on Facebook.
JULY: ‚ÄúLOVE IT OR LEAVE IT‚Äù
Visitors explore the rise of conservatism through the presidential campaigns of third-party candidate George Wallace and Republicans Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. Other July events include baseball‚Äôs All-Star Game, played on July 9th.
AUGUST: ‚ÄúWELCOME TO CHICAGO‚Äù
Confrontations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago are explored through news footage and interviews with convention-goers, protesters, reporters and the Chicago police.
SEPTEMBER: ‚ÄúSISTERHOOD IS POWERFUL‚Äù
A recreated setting of protests by feminist activists against the 1968 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City shows a stuffed sheep wearing a prize ribbon and a ‚ÄúFreedom Trashcan‚Äù filled with ‚Äúinstruments of torture‚Äù such as high-heeled shoes and bras. Images of women in media and advertising, and the increasing role of women in the American workplace, are explored.
Lounge - Style
Visitors explore the world of consumer goods including plastics‚Äîmolded into furniture, stitched into clothing and shaped into household goods‚Äîalong with denim jeans, wood paneling and shag carpeting.
OCTOBER: ‚ÄúPOWER TO THE PEOPLE‚Äù
Opening with the famous ‚ÄúBlack Power‚Äù salute at the Mexico City Olympic Games, social movements fighting for inclusion and identity are presented, including stories drawn from the American Indian Movement and the Brown Berets, a radical Chicano rights group.
NOVEMBER: ‚ÄúTHE VOTES ARE IN‚Äù
Visitors learn about the presidential candidates‚Äô platforms on a touch screen monitor and from campaign commercials. Then they enter a curtained voting booth‚Äîused in the 1968 elections‚Äîto cast their votes where they can compare their preferences with those of other visitors.
DECEMBER: ‚ÄúIN THE BEGINNING‚Äù
Visitors enter the same living room as in the January section‚Äîbut with a full-sized replica of the Apollo 8 Command Module. Television reports of the launch and mission unfold while the image of the ‚ÄúEarthrise‚Äù is displayed accompanied by audio of the crew reading from the Book of Genesis.
Artifacts are on loan from the exhibit partners; Mrs. Ralph Abernathy; Alabama Department of Archives and History; Baseball Hall of Fame; James Comisar, The Comisar Collection, Inc.; Ebenezer Baptist Church; Bill Eppridge; Experience Music Project; National Air and Space Museum; National Museum of American History; Pro Football Hall of Fame and Don Rooney.