Fifty years ago in February, the United States was mired in a bloody war in Vietnam, at home “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” premiered on television, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. responded to the Kerner Commission report, which outlined growing racial violence in America. The experiences of the year fueled a persistent, if often contradictory, sense of identity for the people who were there. The unsettled nature of the debate about damage done or victories won makes this subject so compelling and urgent. These stories are explored in “The 1968 Exhibit,” on view through Jan. 21, 2019.
Related programs include the February launch of the series “Reading the Raw Materials of History: 1968 Edition” which is built on a book club model where participants examine historical material from 1968, including letters, articles and speeches, and join in a facilitated discussion; a partnership with TPT called “Indie Lens Pop-Up,” a series featuring full-length documentary screenings followed by moderated discussions; and a new series “Objectivity: ‘68 to Today” held at venues across the Twin Cities in which artifacts from the MNHS collections are used to spark storytelling across generations in a community dialogue setting.
Plus on Sunday, Feb. 25, catch WOW! Family Sundays: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? at the Minnesota History Center noon-4 p.m. The program celebrate the 1968 debut of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” with songs, puppets, games and hands-on art projects and is free with general museum admission.
Additional 1968 programs will be developed throughout the year. Explore more 1968 programs on the MNHS calendar.
About the Minnesota History Center
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 D’Amico 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.