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National Constitution Center Announces ‘Summer Of Love’

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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The National Constitution Center is going to have its own “Summer of Love.”

On Tuesday, the NCC’s officials announced that a new exhibit, titled “1968,” will be featured this June through September, and it will focus on a turbulent year in American history.

It was the year of the Tet Offensive, when the Vietnam War really started to go bad; the Olympics where African-American athletes gave the black power sign on the medal stand; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy…

“Whether or not you lived through 1968, you were surely impacted by its legacy,” says Constitution Center CEO Vince Stango.

He predicts the exhibit will appeal to more than the Baby Boomers who rode the year’s sea changes.

“It’s an exhibition that illuminates a pivotal year in our history while also shining a light on questions of war and peace, freedom and equality, and the very meaning of being an American,” Stango says.

But it won’t be all heavy. The exhibit also includes lounges where visitors can sit in bean bag chairs and enjoy the music, movies and TV shows of that year.