“1960” by mripp is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


The purpose of the exhibit is to provide a macro view of the issues driving American society. The museum panels focus is on topics like housing, family life, counter-cultural movements, feminism, civil rights, the Vietnam War, anti-war protests, political assignations, and the Cold War, the backdrop of life. Sociocultural events united and divided the nation. The buttons below will link you to digital panels that include cited and animated imagery and text detail pertaining to each topic.

“Tract Homes – circa 1964” by arbyreed is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.


Suburban tract housing was popular during the 1960s. Tract housing is a type of housing development in which multiple similar houses are built on a tract of land that is subdivided into smaller lots. Row homes were popular in urban areas.

“57th St Stoop Bell Bottoms Platform Shoes 1977 70s Brooklyn” by Whiskeygonebad is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 

Family Life

Family life was associated with freedom, parents were more permissive, and family time was less of a priority. Teens could hang out with friends and listen to rock. The style was go-go boots, miniskirts, Jesus sandals bell bottoms, and tie-dyed shirts.

“John F. Kennedy, wife Jacqueline and daughter Caroline.” by thesmuggler- Night of the Swallow’ is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The Camelot Years

The Camelot Years refers to Kennedy administration, which lasted between January 1961 and November 1963. Like King Arthur, Kennedy was a hero who embodied courage, diplomacy, and self-sacrifice. The Kennedy presidency was much like Camelot, a mythical time associated with a sense of unfulfilled promise.  

“No Known Restrictions: ‘Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Waiting for Press Conference’ by Marion S. Trikosko, March 26, 1964 (LOC)” by pingnews.com is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.


The 60s were a time of political unrest. There were numerous assassinations including John F Kennedy (1963), Medgar Evers  (1963), Malcolm X (1965),  Robert Kennedy (1968) and Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968).

“Vietnam War In 1967” by manhhai is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from November 1, 1955, until April 30, 1975, between the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its ally, the United States.

“Vietnam War Casualty – Một quả phụ khóc bên xác chồng vừa tử trận trong cuộc giao tranh với VC” by manhhai is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Vietnam Casualties

During the War in Vietnam, there were 58,148 killed in Vietnam, 75,000 were severely disabled, 23,214 were 100% disabled, 5,283 lost one limb and 1,081 sustained multiple amputations. The exhibit also explores the psychological damage not previously captured by the statistics.

“Public Domain: Vietnam War Protest in Washington, D.C. by Frank Wolfe, October 21, 1967 (NARA)” by pingnews.com is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.


A counter cultural movement comprised of “hippies” opposed the Vietnam War, commercialism and the establishment of social norms. The hippies wanted a happier more peaceful life and often used drugs.

“Griffith Park Love-In” by Snap Man is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Peace and Love

Hippies wanted peace and love. The photo is of the first Griffith Park Love-in which took place Easter Sunday, 1967 and had more than 500 attendees. A love in was a peaceful public gathering focused on meditation, love, music, sex and use of recreational drugs.

Grady, Constance. “The Waves of Feminism, and Why People Keep Fighting over Them, Explained.” Vox. Vox, March 20, 2018. https://www.vox.com/2018/3/20/ 16955588/ feminism-waves-explained -first-second-third-fourth.


Sixties feminists wanted equal pay for equal work, an end to domestic violence, curtailment of limits on women in managerial jobs, an end to sexual harassment, and sharing responsibility for housework and child rearing.

“Picketers, including Charles Zimmerman, carry signs such as ‘End Discrimination at Lunch Counters'” by Kheel Center, Cornell University Library is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


The civil rights movement was a nonviolent movement from 1954 to 1968 that sought to put an end to legalized discrimination, racial segregation/disenfranchisement in the United States.

“Civil Rights Protesters, Washington DC” by CC BY-SA 2.0.

Civil Rights

Civil rights activists protested against discrimination leading to changes in the law like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act. 

“Police Disperse Marchers with Tear Gas” by United Press International, American, founded 1907 is marked with CC0 1.0.

White Supremacy

The image is of the 1966 March Against Fear in Canton, Mississippi, this photograph depicts marchers trying to escape from their tents that have just been attacked with tear gas by Mississippi state troopers. 

“Black Panther demonstration” by CIRonline is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Black Panthers Party

The Black Panthers Party was a political organization founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to challenge police brutality against African Americans.

The photograph is of a demonstration on February 28, 1969 to protest a gun-control bill that made it a misdemeanor to exhibit firearms or other weapons with the intent to intimidate others. 

“Cold War Atomic Testing: Operation Ivy, 1952 (NNSA/DOE)” by pingnews.com is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.

The Cold War

 The Cold War took place between 1946 and 1991 the United States, the Soviet Union, and their allies were locked in a long, tense conflict known as the Cold War. Though the parties were at peace, the period was characterized by an aggressive arms race, proxy wars, and ideological bids for world dominance.

“The Little Joe launch vehicle being readied for a test launch from Wallops in January 1960. Original from NASA. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.” by NASA is marked with CC0 1.0.

The Space Race

The Space Race was a competition between the United States and the Soviet Union for the physical exploration of space. It was also a race to see which superpower could reach the moon first. On 20 July 1969, the Space Race ended when Neil Armstrong walked the Moon. The Space Race united the average middle-class American.

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