Image credit courtesy of the National Constitution Center.
This weekend may mark Labor Day, but at the National Constitution Center, they will be instead marking New Year’s Eve. That’s right, come next week, the year 1968 will be no more.
On September 2, the highly successful 1968 Exhibit, which opened its doors on June 14, will come to an end. Throughout the summer, the exhibit featured the highlights and historical impacts of 1968 in American history, ranging from the Civil Rights Movement to the music of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Much like the pivotal year itself, the exhibit will end on a very positive note: a study of the American space race.
In 1968, the “space race” between the United States and Russia took a giant leap forward as Americans were treated to their very first views of our planet from the Apollo 8 spacecraft. What’s more, Star Trek: The Original Series was still in production! To commemorate this key time in the country’s space history, the National Constitution Center’s 1968 Exhibit will feature “The 60s and the Space Race.” Visitors will be able to view a replica of Apollo 8, participate in an interactive “Space and the Sixties” quiz game, and even make their own American flags and model spacecrafts! All the while, you will be able to marvel at the breathtaking achievements humankind made during this era, using technology that was far less advanced than what we currently enjoy in our tablet computers and SmartPhones.
The exhibit is free with admission to the museum. It will kick off on August 31 and run through the 1968 Exhibit’s finale on September 2. As a result of the Labor Day holiday, the National Constitution Center will even offer extended hours on Sunday, from 9:30AM until 5PM.
For more info, check out the exhibit’s website.