Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Constitution Center on 1968

The National Constitution Center is opening a new exhibit, on 1968.  The official opening is June 14.  A few of the artifacts included in the exhibit are:

·         A reconstructed Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter used in the conflict in Vietnam
·         A full-size replica of the Apollo 8 command module and the actual pressure bubble helmet used by James Lovell who served as the command module pilot for Apollo 8
·         Funeral program for Martin Luther King, Jr.
·         Chicago police riot helmet from the Democratic National Convention in Chicago
·         Mattel Co.’s talking “Mrs. Beasley” doll from the television show “Family Affair”
·         Sweater and sneakers worn by Fred Rogers in the television show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”

The exhibition also features three immersive, interactive “lounges” focusing on movies, music, television and design from 1968.

·         Visitors can settle into bean-bag chairs to watch TV clips from shows such as “Laugh-In,” “Gunsmoke” and “The Monkees” and films such as “Bonnie and Clyde,” and “Funny Girl.” Highlights from the Olympic Games, Super Bowl II and the World Series also are shown on monitors.

·         In the “Music Lounge,” original albums cover the wall and shadow boxes display concert tickets, programs, posters and autographs from musicians of the era. Visitors also can take a 1968 music quiz and make their own album covers that they can share on Facebook.

·         In the “Style Lounge,” visitors can explore the world of consumer goods from 1968, including plastics—molded into furniture, stitched into clothing and shaped into household goods—along with denim jeans, wood paneling and shag carpeting.

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