The Sixties: The Times They Are a-Changin'

1963
Camelot Finale

Defining Moment for America

On November 22, 1963 , John F. Kennedy remarked, "If anybody really wanted to shoot the President of the United States . all one had to do was get into a high building with a telescopic rifle .." A few minutes later, Kennedy departed for Dallas , Texas . To this day, Americans still remember where they were when they first heard the news that Kennedy had been shot.

 

Nation-wide Grief, World-wide Mourning

The world was glued to television screens for the funeral and burial of this charismatic president. A million people crowded the streets of Washington . Particular sights and sounds touched hearts world-wide: the flag-draped coffin; the riderless horse with a pair of boots reversed in the stirrups; the muffled drumbeats; Jackie's stoic resolve; John-John's salute to his father; the roar of 50 jet fighters over Arlington cemetery; the lighting of the eternal flame.

In December 1963, Lyndon Baines Johnson addressed Congress: "All I have, I would have given gladly not to be standing here today . Now the ideas and ideals which he so nobly represented must and will be translated into effective action . The need is here. The need is now. I ask your help."

Photograph of The Sixties exhibit.
1963
1968

Tales of Camelot
The Cold War Warms Up
Racing To The Moon
Civil Rights On The March
Teen Angels
The Swinging Sixties
Sun 'n' Surf Meets London Turf
The Awakening of America
Camelot Finale

Something's Happenin' Here
Vietnam : A Young Man's Hell
Black Power
Rat Race Refugees
Talkin' 'Bout My Generation
Establishment Up Against the Ivied Wall
The Nixon Era Begins
To the Moon
The Legacy

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