In celebration of the February 2015 GPC Symposium as well as the 50th anniversary of GPC, each campus library will feature items such as books, memorabilia and archival materials about the Sixties—an iconic period in our nation’s history.
Detail from Alpharetta exhibit. Photo from series by Mary Ann Cullen & Karen Viars, Alpharetta Campus Library
Taking a look at the exhibit on display at the Alpharetta Campus Library, we read, “The more things change…the more they stay the same.” See what you think as you view the books in the sixties display — do things stay the same? We show the top shelf of the exhibit in the photo above.
The sixties conjure up a myriad of images—from psychedelic posters, the Beatles, the Berlin Wall, the flower generation, faces of incredible sorrow following the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, to medical victories such as inoculations for measles.
Sixties Headlines collage and book, DVD and CD display. Photo by Angiah Davis, Dunwoody Campus Library.
At the Dunwoody Campus Library some of these events are captured in a collage of sixties headlines gathered and compiled by Barbara Naumann especially for this exhibit. Books, DVDs and CDs in the adjacent display are available for check-out. Additional spring semester displays celebrating the decades in the college’s history beginning with the sixties are also being developed.
Clarkston is planning an archival display entitled VIPS on Campus, featuring materials from GPC Archives. [*Note: Update at end of this post.] The archives are maintained by the Technical Services department of GPC Libraries. (For more information about the archives, see our December blog post.)
Sixties Exhibit. Photo by Scott Pieper, Decatur Campus Library
Heading to the Decatur Campus, we find biographies of leaders along with books on the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit features the diverse literature of the 1960s, including To Kill a Mockingbird and Slaughterhouse Five. A selection of DVDs from the campus collection rounds out the presentation.
Photo by Laura Tartak, Newton Campus Library
We end this visual tour with a look at some of the many items on display at the Newton Campus Library (below). Laura Tartak notes the technical progression of cameras, phones and music in the exhibit. The collection includes personal memorabilia collected largely by Kip Cates over the years, items from his family, and items found on eBay. Laura has some family items represented as well. “This exhibit,” says Laura, “is definitely a work in progress!”
The college exhibits may remind us of items from the sixties in our own homes. Treasures are all around us.
In addition to campus displays, GPC Libraries have also been gearing up for GPC’s 50th and the 1960s Symposium by posting about the 1960s. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about 1960s pop culture, important events, social issues, sports figures, and literature. Use #GPC1960s to find our 60s posts.
Books may be checked out from many of the GPC library displays about sixties events and themes that interest you. Ask your campus librarians where to find more information about the 1960s.
Lora Mirza, Dunwoody Librarian
Feb. 16-20, 2015 GPC Symposium
Celebrating the History, Music and Culture of the 1960s
Featuring live musical concerts, art and photography exhibits, film retrospectives, special panels on the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali, Civil Rights and more.
For more campus specific information, visit: gpc.edu/Celebrate50
*Clarkston Campus displayed “VIPs On Campus” Jan. 29-mid February, featuring notable visitors to the college.
Clarkston Campus display. Photo by Amy Eklund.