Groovy, man: Vanderbilt exhibit salutes the ’60s

By Jennifer Brooks • THE TENNESSEAN • December 16, 2010

The time capsule from the Vanderbilt University Class of 1969 is covered with psychedelic swirls of paint that haven’t faded over the years. Inside were the items the students wanted the future to remember them by — saddle shoes and bottles of booze and a half-burned draft card.

It’s a snapshot of an era that is as alien to today’s college students as the surface of the moon. Now, the university is digging deep into its archives for a public exhibit on the Sixties at 50.

“We had to be very selective,” said Celia Walker, the library’s director of special projects, touching a flat-screen TV and scrolling through a menu of images of CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite reporting on each leg of the space race. “There’s just so much that happened (that decade).”

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