May 28th, 2014

CNN and Smithsonian Affiliations partnered to take “A LOOK INTO THE SIXTIES” at Grand Central Terminal in NYC

In cooperation with eleven Smithsonian Affiliate museums from around the country, CNN installed a museum-style exhibit in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York City celebrating the spirit of the 1960s. Playing homage to the decade’s iconic imagery, larger-than-life protagonists, and monumental social, political and cultural changes, “A Look into The Sixties: An Exhibition on the Decade That Changed the World” touched upon all ten of the major themes explored in the documentary series, CNN’s THE SIXTIES, executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

The items that were on display included the original bench and key from the jail cell in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail, a full flight suit and protective gear recovered from a US pilot whose plane was shot down in Vietnam, rare Beatles memorabilia, original posters and artwork from Woodstock, and a number of other cultural and political artifacts.

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American Textile History Museum

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Durham Museum

Freedom Museum

Greensboro Historical Museum

Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center

Museum of Flight
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Senator John Heinz History Center

Strategic Air & Space Museum

US Space & Rocket Center



Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Museum at Bethel Woods

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Clemente Museum

Private collection of Allan Kozinn

Private collection of Walter Podrazik

Private collection of Russ Lease


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Tuesday, May 27

11 am

Woodstock: 45 Years of Peace & Music

Wade Lawrence, museum director, Museum at Bethel Woods

 1 pm

Just the Two of Us: Recalling Gemini

Tom Barry and Jennifer Elliot, educators at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

 2 pm

Brothers and Sisters in Arms: The Intersection of the Labor & Civil Rights Movements in the 1960s

Dorian Warren, Association Professor, Department of Political Science and School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

12 pm

A Firsthand Account of the Stonewall Riots

Tree, bartender and resident historian, The Stonewall Inn

 1 pm

The Whole World Watches: Media & Political Conventions in the 1960s

Walter J. Podrazik, television curator at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago and co-author, Watching TV: Six Decades of American Television


Thursday, May 29

10 am

Intrepid in Vietnam

Jessica Williams, curator of history, Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum

 12 pm

Television in the 1960s: A Medium at War with Itself

David Bushman and Ron Simon, television curators, The Paley Center for Media

 1 pm

From MLK to Jay Z- Black History is American History

Christopher Moore, Senior Researcher at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


Friday, May 30

11 am

The Impact of Birth Control: Sex & Family in the 1960s

Linda Gordon, Florence Kelley professor of history, New York University

 1 pm

Launching into History: Project Mercury

Matt Harris, tour guide, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum