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July 12, 2015 - Today we were back at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana to see their latest exhibition, "The 1968 Exhibit." 

Few years in American history have been packed with more dramatic events than 1968.  Assassins killed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.  Riots flared in several major U.S. cities.  Growing opposition to U.S. involvement in Vietnam fueled angry protests and police clashed with demonstrators outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  This exhibit looks at how the experiences of that year fueled a sense of identity for the people who were there.

The exhibit was arranged by month, as each of these memorable events occurred.  The pictures need no explanation.

After a very tumultuous year, it somehow managed to end well.  Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon on December 24, 1968.

This exhibit was made possible by the Minnesota Historical Society, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California.  It is fantastic!

Before the museum, we stopped at Norm's for brunch.  Steak and eggs for me and their "Bigger, Better Breakfast" for Judy.  Yum!

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