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8/11/2015 - The 1960s Part I: Political Power


Program Information: Joshua Morris, Curator of Exhibits and Lisa Upshaw, Curator of collections
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day)
General Museum Information: Susan Hawksworth, Director
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day) 785.825.6306 (evening)

The 1960s Part I: Political Power
Exhibit Title:       The 1960s Part I: Political Power
Date:                  August 18, 2015 to January 31, 2016
Time:                  Tuesday-Friday 12-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5
Location:             Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron, Salina, KS 67401
Admission:           Free

So much happened throughout all aspects of 1960s society that it’s impossible to cover in one exhibit. The 1960s: Political Power, is the first of a two-part exhibit. It examines America through the lens of politics. See how Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon tackled some of the greatest challenges of the day. Each looked to move America in the best direction both domestically and abroad. Learn how social unrest in America swayed political powers and brought a nation to the brink.
Additionally, visitors will find a number of hands-on elements exploring varied topics such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the Moon Landing, voter discrimination, and a who’s who of the 1960s. Find out if you are literate enough to vote in a Presidential election, pack a rucksack for your trek though the Vietnam jungles, and get a 1960s ID card to find out your sixties persona.
The 1960s Part I: Political Power opens August 18 and will be on exhibit though January 31, 2016. Then come back for part two, The 1960s: Power to the People, for a look at the cultural side of the sixties.
The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.
For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.