1968 was one of the defining years in American history, the Oakland Museum, as they do, put on a great exhibit of that year with really cool artifacts. They looked at the social, political and economic events of that year. I was born in 1969 and missed all of the fun of that year.
1968 was a year of violence, from the assassinations of Dr.Martin Luther King and Sen. Robert Kennedy to the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
|1968 Chicago Police Riot Gear|
1968 was also a year of protest against unjust conditions both locally (the Black Panthers) and internationally (Tommie Smith/John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics):
|1968 Black Panther Party Gear|
|A 1968 Olympic Torch|
It was also a year that (sadly) The Vietnam War hit its peak. This exhibit does a great job exploring Vietnam without choosing a political side. The voices that lived through it and it lets you make your own choice about how you feel about the war.
|A Huey from 1968|
But even with all of the turmoil that went on that year it was a good year for Oakland's NFL team and it was a groovy year for style.
|A Football used in Super Bowl II|
|A Hi-Fi with Turntable|
|Fashion of 1968|
|Got to Love the Beanbags|
Even with the chaos of the year, 1968 was a year that we went a step closer to going to the moon as Apollo 8 became the first manned space craft to leave Earth's orbit, orbit the Moon and return safely to Earth.
|Replica of the Apollo 8 Capsule|