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The 1968 Exhibit

Open through January 4, 2015

War in Vietnam. Women’s liberation. The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Black Panthers, Apollo 8, and the explosive Democratic National Convention held in Chicago. In 1968, we saw it all.

The 1968 Exhibit is filled with the sights and sounds of this media-saturated year, including contributions from news anchor Tom Brokaw, legendary folk-pop singer José Feliciano, and astronaut James Lovell. Explore stories told by Vietnam vets, self-proclaimed hippies, conservative voters, and everyday Americans. Reminisce over fashion, music, food, and household items.

Chicago’s critical role in the conflicts of 1968 grew prominent during the month of August. As delegates converged on the city for the Democratic National Convention, so too did activists with a diverse range of interests. Tensions were high on the convention floor
and in the streets and culminated in violent clashes between police and demonstrators. On August 28, chants of “The whole world is watching” accompanied a particularly bloody encounter that many came to view as signifying a serious rift in the democratic process. The stories of the confusion and anxiety in the most heated moments form the core of this section of the exhibition.

Join the Conversation

Delve deeper into the history of 1968 and discuss the lasting impact of this tumultuous year.

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Explore this iconic year through our special fall programs!

> See our 1968 event listing

1968 sponsors

The 1968 Exhibit is produced by the Minnesota History Center in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, Chicago History Museum, and Oakland Museum of California. The Chicago presentation is sponsored by The Guild of the Chicago History Museum and lead corporate sponsor Allstate Insurance Company.

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