JANUARY: THE LIVING ROOM WAR
Visitors enter a living room where a Huey helicopter has "landed." A television plays news reports about the escalating conflict of the Tet Offensive and Walter Cronkite casting doubt over the war effort.
FEBRUARY: WE ARE LOSING THIS WAR
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 - TV & Movies
Visitors settle into bean-bag chairs to watch TV clips from shows such as "Laugh-In," "Gunsmoke‚" and "The Monkees‚" and films such as "Bonnie and Clyde," "Funny Girl‚" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." Highlights from the Olympic Games, Super Bowl II and the World Series are also shown.
MARCH: THE GENERATION GAP
Exhibit-goers experience student activism, especially the "Clean for Gene‚" movement for anti-war Democratic presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. The sexual revolution is represented by the "LeClair Affair‚" in which a Barnard co-ed was disciplined for living off-campus with her boyfriend.
APRIL: HAVE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP
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 "Mountaintop Speech," given the day before his murder, and oral history excerpts from people remembering King and his legacy.
MAY: I AM SOMEBODY
Following King's death, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy took up the Poor People's Campaign. Visitors learn about the Campaign's call for jobs, income and housing equality and view images of "Resurrection City," a tent city set up on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
JUNE: THE DEATH OF HOPE
Robert F. Kennedy's 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: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT
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's All-Star Game, played on July 9th.
AUGUST: WELCOME TO CHICAGO
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: SISTERHOOD IS POWERFUL
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 "Freedom Trashcan" filled with "instruments of torture" 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 molded into furniture, stitched into clothing and shaped into household goods‚ along with denim jeans, wood paneling and shag carpeting.
OCTOBER: POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Opening with the famous "Black Power" 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: THE VOTES ARE IN
Visitors learn about the presidential candidates' platforms on a touch screen monitor and from campaign commercials. Then they enter a curtained voting booth used in the 1968 elections to cast their votes where they can compare their preferences with those of other visitors.
DECEMBER: IN THE BEGINNING
Visitors enter the same living room as in the January section but with a full-sized replica of the Apollo 8 Command Module. Television reports of the launch and mission unfold while the image of the "Earthrise" 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.