The 1968 Exhibit: 1968 Exhibit: Spokesperson Biographies

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Brian Horrigan, Lead Exhibit Developer: Brian Horrigan joined the Minnesota Historical Society in 1990 and since then has led the development of more than a dozen exhibits, many of which have earned national awards.  Most recently, Horrigan was the lead developer of "Minnesota's Greatest Generation," which in 2009 was honored by the National Endowment for the Humanities with a prestigious "We the People" designation for promoting knowledge and understanding of American history and culture.

As curator for the "The 1968 exhibit" Horrigan is responsible for developing thematic concepts, conducting oral history interviews, securing loans for the exhibit and overseeing the exhibit's completion. He has also been a contributing writer for the Society's quarterly periodical, "Minnesota History" magazine and is author of the blog, "Covering 1968," at www.the1968exhibit.org.

Dan Spock, Director, Minnesota History Center: DanSpock hasworked in museums for more than 28 years and has held numerous positions including exhibit designer, exhibit developer, and program administrator. At the Minnesota History Center he oversees exhibits, educational programs, visitor services and facilities management.

Over the past ten years as head of exhibitions, Spock has led a team in the production of major and small exhibitions, many of which have earned national award recognition. These exhibitions have appeared at the History Center as well as venues across the country. Spock is an ardent proponent of visitor-centered, experiential interpretive approaches that value visitors as active learners. The exhibitions developed by Spock and his team have ranged from multidisciplinary, high-immersion, interactive and media-rich approaches designed for a general family audience, to intensive community-based collaborations, to site specific interpretive centers and trails, to more traditional art or photography shows.

Spokesperson interview subject areas:

  • History and legacy of the 1960s
  • Music of 1960s
  • Design of 1960s
  • Exhibit design and development
  • Exhibit artifacts
  • National scope of exhibit and partnering institutions: Oakland, CA, Chicago and Atlanta

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