The 1968 Exhibit: 1968 Exhibit: Related Programs

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Throughout the year, the History Center will host programs and events for school groups and the public in conjunction with "The 1968 Exhibit."

Educational Programs

A rich menu of school programs has been developed to extend the dialogue about 1968 to young learners. Interactive videoconferencing classes will reach students nationwide, and a classroom speakers' bureau and an online curriculum in the form of a graphic novel will be used to engage students with primary source materials and oral histories.

Public Programs For Families

  • Oct. 20 and 21 (school release days), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. History HiJinx: Sock-It to Me Groovy Gear.

    Make a wearable 3-D souvenir hat decorated with pop culture images.
  • Nov. 25, 26, and 27, noon to 4 p.m. History HiJinx: 1968 Peace Necklaces.

    Decorate a wooden peace symbol necklace with sequins, markers and collage materials.
  • Nov. 6, Dec. 4 and Jan. 8 Something Groovy!‚Äù

    Drop-in family workshops include tie-dye, macramé and mixed media designs.

Public Programs For Adults

  • Oct. 13, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Opening Party.

    Get an early look at the exhibit, view original short films by Minnesota filmmakers, play 1968 trivia,  make a peace symbol necklace to take home, listen to '60s music and  watch a fondue demo. Cash bar.
  • Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 1 to 3 p.m. West Bank Walking Tour.

    Explore Minneapolis' West Bank: home to the original Electric Fetus record store and countless bands and musicians who were part of the 1968 music scene. Hosted by the Nomad World Pub, Minneapolis.
  • Oct. 20, 7 to 9 p.m. 1968: Songs and Stories with Dan Chouinard.

    Join Dan Chouinard and friends for a musical review of classic songs of the era and stories about what makes them so memorable.
  • Oct. 31, 7 to 9 p.m. 1968 Scary Movie Night.

    Local writer and artist Andy Sturdevant will provide commentary in between film clips of "Rosemary's Baby," "Planet of the Apes," and George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead." Popcorn and classic movie candy will be for sale. Cash bar.
  • Nov. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. Hot Wax: A Musical History of 1968.

    Join The Current's Bill Deville for an afternoon of live interviews with veteran rock critic Jon Bream, Badfinger's Joey Molland and Mint Condition's Stokley Williams on the impact and legacy of the era's music. Relax in the music lounges, enjoy sounds by First Communion Afterparty and shop for vintage vinyl.

World Premiere Play

In January, the History Theatre in St. Paul will introduce an original play "1968: The Year That Rocked the World," performed in the History Center's 3M Auditorium. The play is produced in collaboration with the History Center with additional artistic support from the Playwrights’ Center and McNally Smith School of Music. Run dates are Jan. 21 to Feb. 19, 2012. For more information visit

Companion Book

"The 1968 Project: A Nation Coming of Age," by Brad Zellar integrates personal experiences from the people who were there within the national context of the year. This companion book is organized month by month, through photography, eyewitness accounts, artifacts and illuminating commentary by one of the Twin Cities' top social and cultural writers, Brad Zellar. Available October, 2011.

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