The 1968 Exhibit

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On view Dec. 23, 2017-Jan. 21, 2019, at the Minnesota History Center.

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50 Years After 1968, How Far Have We Come?

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Release dated: 
October 2, 2017
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

50 Years After 1968, How Far Have We Come?

‘The 1968 Exhibit’ returns to the Minnesota History Center, Dec. 23, 2017, following five-year national tour

1968: There has never been another year like it, before or since. It began with the Tet Offensive, the turning point of the Vietnam War, and never let up. The year saw the assassinations of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy; Black Power; the struggle for women’s rights; the violent conflicts at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; and the first full-color images of Earth from outer space beamed by Apollo 8.

Today, as we approach the 50th anniversary of this year, how far have we come? Currently, the war in Afghanistan is the longest conflict in U.S. history. Gun violence remains high. And Americans across the country are back on the streets, protesting against police brutality, an unpopular president, and Confederate statues and their removal. “The 1968 Exhibit” helps us understand where we have come from and where we are today—and how the events of this one year have shaped the politics and people of the last half-century.

“The 1968 Exhibit” returns to the Minnesota History Center, Dec. 23, 2017-Jan. 21, 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of this pivotal year in history, following a successful five-year national tour. “The 1968 Exhibit” was developed by the Minnesota History Center, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California. Tom Brokaw, news anchor and author of “Boom! Talking About the Sixties,” served as honorary chair of the project.

This immersive exhibit transports visitors back to 1968. Organized chronologically, the experience begins in January with a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter that has “landed” in an American living room, and concludes in December with a replica Apollo 8 Command Module and a display of Apollo 8’s iconic “Earthrise” image with audio from the mission’s astronauts. The sights and sounds of this media-saturated age fill the exhibit, and stories from the people who were there are shared throughout. Interactive “lounges” focus on music, movies and television, and feature iconic artifacts including a suede vest worn by Jimi Hendrix, a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” lunch box, and a sweater and shoes worn by Fred Rogers on the television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

For more information visit the exhibit website and join the discussion online using #1968exhibit. 

Exhibit Opening Event, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, Noon-4 p.m., Minnesota History Center
Spend Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at the History Center and explore “The 1968 Exhibit” while learning about the legacy of the civil rights movement. Families can create screen print posters inspired by the Poor People’s Campaign and the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike; join local artist Sha Cage in a spoken word activity using language from King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech; help pack cold-weather kits for the Dorothy Day Center; and enjoy performances by students from the Walker West Music Academy. Special thanks to General Mills and the MLK Holiday Breakfast for their major sponsorship of 1968.

Additional programs exploring connections between 1968 and today will be offered throughout the year.

Companion Book
“The 1968 Project: A Nation Coming of Age” integrates personal experiences from the people who were there with the national context of the year. Organized chronologically, this companion book incorporates photography, eyewitness accounts, artifacts and illuminating commentary by Brad Zellar, one of the Twin Cities' top social and cultural writers.

Support and Awards
“The 1968 Exhibit” is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Additional support comes from major grants, including a Chairman’s Special Award  from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “The 1968 Exhibit” has been designated a “We the People” project by the NEH. Special thanks to General Mills and the MLK Holiday Breakfast for their major sponsorship of “The 1968 Exhibit.”

Location, Hours and Admission
The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

Admission to “The 1968 Exhibit” is included with regular History Center admission of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5 to 17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members.

The Minnesota History Center holds the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. The History Center is home to an innovative museum, engaging public programs, a research library, distinctive gift shops and an award-winning restaurant.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.

Related Programs

The 1968 Exhibit: Related Programs

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Release dated: 
October 2, 2017
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

The 1968 Exhibit: Related Programs

Throughout the year, visitors can explore programs for families and adults in conjunction with “The 1968 Exhibit.” Programs will be held at the Minnesota History Center, other MNHS historic sites and museums, and at community venues across the Twin Cities.

  • “I am Not Your Negro,” Indie Lens Pop-Up Series, Minnesota History Center
    Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
    MNHS is partnering with TPT’s Indie Lens Pop-Up series. Watch full length documentaries and stay for discussion guided by experts on the important issues portrayed in each film. In January, view a documentary based on James Baldwin's unfinished book, “Remember This House,” which explores racism in the United States through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the author’s personal observations.
     
  • Exhibit Opening Event, Minnesota History Center
    Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, Noon-4 p.m.
    Spend Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend exploring the “The 1968 Exhibit” while learning about the legacy of the civil rights movement. (See news release for more info.)
     
  • Hope and Healing Cabaret, Mill City Museum
    Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
    Coretta Scott King wrote that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday “celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.” Celebrate King’s life and legacy and meet other Minnesotans through musical performances, spoken word and dance.
     
  • History Forum lecture series, Minnesota History Center
    The 2017-2018 lecture series explores key moments of debate in American political, social and cultural history with a series of lectures by some of the nation’s foremost speakers.
    • Women’s Rights & Modern America, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.
    • LBJ, Nixon & the Making of Today’s Supreme Court, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.
    • Sweet Land of Liberty, Civil Rights in the North, Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.
  • History Lounge: “The Scott Collection,” Minnesota History Center
    Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
    Hear about a new compilation of work by Minneapolis resident Walter Scott who wrote about African American life in the Twin Cities in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. 
     
  • WOW! Family Sunday: Won’t You be My Neighbor?, Minnesota History Center
    Sunday, Feb. 25, Noon-4 p.m.
    In February, the monthly WOW! Family Sunday celebrates the 1968 debut of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.” Enjoy songs, puppets, games and hands-on art projects.
     
  • Words that Matter, various Twin Cities locations
    Every other month, Feb-Dec, 7 p.m. (specific dates to be determined)
    A new series built on a book club model where participants examine historical material from 1968, including letters,
    articles and speeches, and join in a facilitated discussion.

Additional programs are in development, including a panel presentation in April exploring the impact of Dr. King’s death then and now, additional lectures, 1968-themed walking and motorcycle tours, performances, and film screenings offered in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television.

Exhibit Walkthrough

The 1968 Exhibit: Exhibit Walkthrough

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Release dated: 
October 2, 2017
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

The 1968 Exhibit: Exhibit Walkthrough

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.

  • Key objects: Bell UHI “Huey‚” Helicopter, Vietnam vets memorabilia

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.

  • Key objects: flag-draped coffin, soldier memorabilia, draft cards, anti-war buttons

Lounge - TV & Movies
Visitors settle into beanbag 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 1968 Summer Olympics, Super Bowl II and the World Series are also shown.

  • Key objects: Toys based on popular TV shows and movies including Star Trek “Tracer” guns, a sweater and shoes worn by Fred Rogers on the show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” lunch box

MARCH: THE GENERATION GAP
Exhibit-goers experience student activism, especially the “Clean for Gene” movement for antiwar Democratic presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. The sexual revolution is represented by the “LeClair Affair‚” in which a Barnard coed was disciplined for living off-campus with her boyfriend.

  • Key objects: 1968 college yearbooks, birth control pills, McCarthy peace dress

APRIL:  HAVE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP
The assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and its impact on the American people is told through a media presentation that includes the words of King from his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech—given the day before his murder—and oral history excerpts from people remembering King and his legacy.

  • Key objects: a funeral program for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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 for America’s poor and view images of “Resurrection City,” a tent city set up on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

  • Key objects: artifacts from the Poor People’s Campaign

JUNE: THE DEATH OF HOPE
Robert F. Kennedy’s brief presidential campaign for the Democratic ticket and the effect of his assassination on Americans are explored. The presidential campaign of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey is also presented.

  • Key objects: Camera used at the Kennedy assassination, Humphrey items including a woman's belt emblazoned with “HHH”                                    

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.

  • Key objects: Janis Joplin concert poster, suede vest worn by Jimi Hendrix

JULY: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT
Visitors can learn about 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 9.

  • Key objects: Wallace, Reagan and Nixon campaign memorabilia

AUGUST: WELCOME TO CHICAGO
Violent confrontations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago are explored through news footage and interviews with convention-goers, protesters, reporters and the Chicago police.

  • Key objects: convention badge, political buttons, policeman’s riot helmet, Yippie flag.

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 Trash Can” 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 featured.

  • Key objects: Selectric typewriter, Barbie and Julia dolls

OCTOBER:  POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Opening with the famous “Black Power” salute at the Mexico City Summer 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.

  • Key objects: 1968 Olympics souvenir memorabilia and American Indian Movement jean jacket

NOVEMBER: THE VOTES ARE IN
Visitors learn about the presidential candidates’ platforms on a touch screen monitor and from campaign commercials. Then they can enter a curtained voting booth used in the 1968 elections to cast their votes and compare their preferences with other visitors.

  • Key objects: voting booth, Nixon buttons

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 iconic “Earthrise” image is displayed accompanied by audio of the crew reading from the Book of Genesis.

  • Key objects: reproduction Apollo 8 capsule, helmet, checklist and watch used by astronauts James Lovell and William Anders
Historical Background

The 1968 Exhibit: Historical Background

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Release dated: 
October 2, 2017
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

The 1968 Exhibit: Historical Background

At the start of the 1960s, the United States was a superpower with military strength and great economic prosperity. President John F. Kennedy opened the decade by saying “It is a time for a new generation of leadership to cope with new problems and new opportunities, for there is a new world to be won.”

Indeed, during the 1960s students on campuses across the country took up the cause of creating a “new” and more just society. Highly idealistic, they demanded racial desegregation, championed free speech and protested the U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam. They challenged views of mainstream culture, supported new roles for women and explored alternative views of sex and marriage. Searching for a new identity, many dabbled in illicit drugs, created new styles of dress and listened to new forms of music.

After a landslide win in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson took up the call for social and economic justice, pushing through domestic programs, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start and the Office of Economic Opportunity. General prosperity meant the money was there to support these programs. Unemployment was low and salaries were rising. Idealism was not just for students or counterculture groups, it was embraced by people of all ages in public and private life.

But not every American took up the call for change. Many defended the traditions of segregation and pushed for a limited role of government. A generation gap developed between parents who came of age in the 1940s and ‘50s and the more experimental views of 1960s youth. Some saw long hair and bell bottoms as signs of anarchy while others saw explorations with drugs and sex as immoral. Critics often labeled student protesters as self-indulgent and inexperienced. Student revolutionaries did not bring an end to capitalism, nor did they lead the masses to abandon material goods. But they did successfully call for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam, gains were made in the civil rights movement and women across the nation took control of their social and economic futures, increasing their presence in the workforce by 50 percent during the 1960s. Fewer Americans lived in poverty, the elderly got better healthcare and America's workplace was more diverse and flexible. And towards the end of the decade the United States became the first nation to land a man on the moon.

Still, optimism was fading and in its place was a growing sense of doubt, anger and fear. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated; American military power was challenged at home and in the field; a growing tax burden created by expanding government programs and a mounting war debt pushed the economy to the brink, while peaceful protests turned into violent displays of public disorder and rioting. The new youth slogan became “turn on, tune in, and drop out.” Drug use was blamed for the deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. By the end of the 1960s, women may have held nearly half the jobs in the United States, but they earned just 60 percent of what their male counterparts earned. And the manned space program began to be scaled back in favor of cheaper and more effective unmanned flights.

Some argue the events of the 1960s fostered a culture of immorality while creating a welfare state at the expense of an immense tax burden. Others say civil and political rights improved, social inequities were leveled and a renewed sense of American idealism was fostered. The debate is never more important than it is today. Those who lived through the 1960s are now in positions of leadership in American government and society, and they are raising families and passing on their beliefs to a new generation.

1968 Timeline

The 1968 Exhibit: Timeline

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October 2, 2017
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Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

The 1968 Exhibit: Timeline

Jan. 13 - Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison. The album of the performance becomes a hit, reaching number one on the country charts and the top 15 of the national album chart.

Jan. 14 - Super Bowl II is played. Not yet known as the Super Bowl, the second AFL-NFL World Championship Game is held in Miami. The Green Bay Packers beat the Oakland Raiders, 33 to 14.

Jan. 22 - Variety show “Laugh-In” begins on NBC. Originally aired as a one-time special on Sept. 9, 1967, it was such a success that NBC brings it back as a series.

Jan. 31 - The Tet Offensive begins. North Vietnamese forces and the Viet Cong launch attacks throughout South Vietnam. While surprised at first, the U.S. and South Vietnamese armies beat back the attackers. Meanwhile, the American people are stunned by the strength of the Communist forces and question what they have been told by political and military leaders.

Feb. 8 - George Wallace declares candidacy for president. Wallace, a former Alabama governor and committed segregationist, announces his candidacy for U.S. president on the American Independent Party ticket.

Feb. 10 -  United States wins gold at Winter Olympic Games. Nineteen-year-old Peggy Fleming captures the gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Olympics in Grenoble, France‚ the only American gold of the games.

Feb. 10-17 -  Record number of U.S. casualties reported in Vietnam War. The casualty count sets a record with 543 killed in action and 2,547 wounded in one week.

Feb. 27 - Walter Cronkite criticizes the U.S. war effort. During a nationally televised news special on CBS, Cronkite predicts that the “bloody experience of Vietnam will end in a stalemate.”

March 4 - “The LeClair Affair” scandal is reported.  The New York Times prints an article about Barnard sophomore Linda LeClair who was living with her boyfriend against school policy.

March 12 - Eugene McCarthy finishes strong at the New Hampshire Democratic primary. Relying heavily on student volunteers, McCarthy narrowly loses to President Lyndon Johnson. The volunteers cut their hair, tone down their dress and get “Clean for Gene,” to connect with mainstream voters.

March 16 - My Lai massacre occurs. U.S. Army troops kill more than 500 Vietnamese civilians, including children and the elderly, in the village of My Lai. The tragedy is not made public for more than a year.

March 31 - President Johnson does not seek re-election. In the face of mounting criticism over the war in Vietnam Johnson announces he will not run for re-election.

April 2 - “2001: A Space Odyssey” hits theaters. The movie reaches number two at the box office for the year, behind “Funny Girl.”

April 4 - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. Dr. King spends the day at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis working on plans for the Poor People's March on Washington D.C. to take place later in the month. At 6 p.m., as he leaves his hotel room, he is shot and dies shortly after. Two months later, James Earl Ray is arrested and imprisoned for the murder.

April 4 - Riots erupt in Washington D.C. and spread to other U.S. cities. Dr. King’s assassination sparks riots in Washington D.C., Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Kansas City, Newark and many other cities. Forty-six deaths are blamed on the riots.

April 23 - Columbia University protests begin. Students protest over links between the university and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, and over construction of a nearby gymnasium thought to have segregated entrances. The protesters occupy university buildings and are eventually removed forcibly by the New York City police.

April 29 - “Hair” opens on Broadway.  The musical helps establish rock ’n’ roll as a legitimate Broadway genre.

May 8 - Catfish Hunter pitches a perfect game.  James Augustus “Catfish” Hunter delivers the ninth perfect game in baseball history, leading the Oakland A’s to victory over the Minnesota Twins, 4 to 0.

May 10 - Vietnam War peace talks begin.  The U.S. and North Vietnamese delegations meet in Paris.

May 11 - “Resurrection City” is created in Washington D.C. During the Poor People’s Campaign, a settlement of tents and shacks is built on the Washington Mall to house protesters. “Resurrection City” is meant to draw attention to the fight to end hunger and poverty in America.

June 5 - Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated. Kennedy is fatally shot in Los Angeles after addressing his supporters at the Ambassador Hotel. During the trial, accused gunman, Palestinian-American Sirhan Sirhan, says he shot Kennedy because of his pro-Israeli stance.

June 28 - Aretha Franklin appears on the cover of Time magazine. Franklin appears on the cover of Time magazine just days after releasing her hit album “Aretha Now,” which features the popular song “Think.”

July 7 - Abbie Hoffman publishes “The Yippies are Going to Chicago.” Created by Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Paul Krassner, the Yippie (Youth International Party) movement is characterized by theatrical displays of public disorder. The Yippies would later incite riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

July 9 - All-Star Game is played. The American League versus the National League game is held at the Houston Astrodome, making it the first All-Star game to be played indoors. The National League defeats the American League 1-0.

July 25 - Pope Paul VI issues “Humanae Vitae.” This encyclical states the Catholic Church’s condemnation of all forms of artificial birth control.

July 28 - American Indian Movement is founded. Early leaders Clyde Bellecourt, Dennis Banks and George Mitchell use the movement to spearhead more aggressive advocacy for American Indian rights.

Aug. 8 - Richard M. Nixon wins nomination at Republican National Convention. Nixon beats out Nelson Rockefeller of New York and Ronald Reagan of California. He names Spiro Agnew as his running mate.

Aug. 26 - Democratic National Convention opens. In the days that follow, thousands of demonstrators take to the streets to protest the Vietnam War. Violent clashes occur between protesters and police. The riots are well publicized on television and in print.

Aug. 29 - Hubert H. Humphrey wins nomination at Democratic National Convention. Vice President Humphrey is nominated, defeating Senators Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern.

Sept. 7 - Protests are staged at the Miss America Beauty Contest. Women's Liberation groups, joined by members of the New York National Organization for Women, target the contest in Atlantic City. The protesters throw bras and other symbols of female oppression into a “freedom trash can.”

Sept. 16 - Jimi Hendrix releases “Electric Ladyland.” The third and final album released by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, it is the follow-up to “Are You Experienced,” the best-selling album of 1968.

Sept. 19 - “Funny Girl” is released. The semi-biographical movie musical is based on the life and career of film and stage star Fanny Brice. Barbra Streisand, reprising her Broadway role, wins the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1969, an honor she shares with Katharine Hepburn for “The Lion in Winter.”

Oct. 11 - Apollo 7 is launched. Astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham become the first manned flight team in the Apollo program.

Oct. 17 - Black Power protest at the Summer Olympic Games. Two African-American runners, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raise gloved hands as they give the Black Power salute during their medal ceremony at the Olympics held in Mexico City. The United States takes home the most medals of the games.

Oct. 31 - President Johnson halts U.S. bombing in North Vietnam.

Nov. 5 - Nixon wins presidential election. Winning by a narrow margin, Republican Richard M. Nixon becomes the 37th president of the United States, beating Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey and Independent George Wallace.

Nov. 14 - National Turn in Your Draft Card Day is held. Rallies and protests, which include the burning of draft cards, are staged on college campuses throughout the country as the Vietnam death toll approaches 30,000, and U.S. troop strength in Vietnam reaches its wartime peak of 550,000.

Nov. 22 - “The Beatles” is released. The double album, also known as the “White Album,” is released during a period of dissension among the band. Drummer Ringo Starr quits for a brief time, leaving Paul McCartney to perform drums on some of the album's songs. Still, the album reaches number one on the charts in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dec. 5 - O. J. Simpson wins Heisman Trophy. Simpson wins the award by the largest margin in Heisman Trophy history, due to his stunning stats of 1,709 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns while playing for the University of Southern California.

Dec. 11 - Strong jobless rate report released. The unemployment rate, at 3.3 percent, is the lowest it has been in fifteen years.

Dec. 21 - Apollo 8 is launched. The first U.S. mission to orbit the Moon, Apollo 8 carries astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell Jr. and William A. Anders. On Christmas Eve, the crew sends back the first-ever images of the entire Earth taken from space while reading from the Book of Genesis. The crew returns home on Dec. 27.

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Images

The 1968 Exhibit: Images

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Release dated: 
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Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

The 1968 Exhibit: Images

These images may be used for editorial purposes in magazines, newspapers and online to promote “The 1968 Exhibit,” Dec. 23, 2017-Jan. 21, 2019, at the Minnesota History Center. Credit information is listed.

Image of soldiers in Viet Nam during Tet Offensive

Battle of Hamo Village during the Tet Offensive. U.S. Marines and troops from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam defend a position against enemy attack. January 1968

National Archives and Records Administration

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Get Out of Viet Nam button

“Get Out of Viet Nam” button

Minnesota Historical Society

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George Wallace license plate

“Restore States Rights Wallace "68"" license plate

Minnesota Historical Society

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Suede vest with fringe work by Jimi Hendrix

Suede vest worn by Jimi Hendrix

 

James “Al” Hendrix Collection / Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

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“Yellow Submarine” lunch box

“Yellow Submarine” lunch box

 

Donald Rooney

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"Earthrise" view from Apollo 8

“Earthrise,” view from Apollo 8, Dec. 29, 1968

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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