Yesterday, my parents took me to the 1968 Exhibit at the History Center for my birthday and it was phenomenal. And even though Bobby was the focus of ‘68, I still managed to find a couple of JFK decorative plates :) 

The History Center did an amazing job with this exhibit. Entire 1968 styled home sets were constructed featuring vintage furniture and decor, for the viewer to explore.  That was probably one of my favorite parts of the day, watching my parents step into these retro room sets and time warp back to their childhoods. They were enamored with every tiny detail, reliving both public and personal events of the year, it was really touching to watch them get lost in their memories. 

Out of all of my awesome Birthday Week plans, I think this one may have been the best.

Build Me Up Buttercup
  • Build Me Up Buttercup
  • The Foundations
  • Build Me Up Buttercup

“Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations.

There are many great dance songs from 1968, but it’s hard to argue against this one being the single safest bet to get the party rocking. And it’s a great tune for today, since the 1968 Exhibit opening shindig happens tonight in Philly. 

1968 and Jewish American Museum in Phillyyyyyy!!

If anyone is in the Philly area, you must must must go to the 1968 exhibit in the museum across from the Visitors Center. I don’t remember the name, maybe Constitution museum. Anyways it’s fantastic! I think that was my favorite exhibit I’ve seen.
Oh and the national American Jewish Museum is lovely too. I wish I had more time to look through it. Highly informational and interactive. Very historical and I experienced many emotions while going through the history of Holocaust and such. It also tells of many famous Jewish Americans you didn’t know of. It was so fun. Highly recommended! :)

Weird robots and computer art in 1968 Cybernetic Serendipity" exhibition

http://ift.tt/1VCoNFl According to Wikipedia, “Cybernetic Serendipity was an exhibition of cybernetic art curated by Jasia Reichardt, shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in 1968.” This film shows some of the art that was on display. It looks fantastic.

Pictures of Matchstick Men
  • Pictures of Matchstick Men
  • Status Quo
  • Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo

The 1968 Exhibit is opening at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia next week. Many of you will recall that I wrote the music quiz and helped design the “music lounge” part of the exhibit a couple years ago when I worked as a project-based research assistant at the Minnesota Historical Society. To celebrate the fact that the exhibit has now followed me east, at the end of the month I will be leading a group of University of Delaware history department faculty and graduate students through the exhibit AND hosting a dance party for my fellow grad students. 

I will be busy studying for my qualifying exams all summer, but I will post a song each day until the party that just might end up on the playlist… a teaser for the partygoers of the psychedelic acid rock, funky R&B, and hip pop released that year. I won’t have time to write much. All I ask is that you get up and dance each time you click play. 

To get us started, a trippy, mid-tempo, psychedelic anthem to lead you off into the dreamy abyss of 1968…

Looking for Somebody
  • Looking for Somebody
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac

“Looking for Somebody” by Fleetwood Mac

This Latin-blues hybrid was Peter Green’s dry run for “Black Magic Woman.” But it’s a pretty solid tune in its own right and another reminder just how phenomenal the music of 1968 was.

You Can't Have Your Kate And Edith, Too [Live]
  • You Can't Have Your Kate And Edith, Too [Live]
  • The Statler Brothers
  • At Folsom Prison (Legacy Edition)

The Statler Brothers and Carl Perkins opened for Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. The complete concert recordings were released a few years ago on At Folsom Prison (Legacy Edition). And of course this song adds a bit of humor to any party.