Help the Hampton History Museum Search for the Sixties

The 1960s were so much more than peace signs and bell bottoms. If you lived through the sixties, you probably have plenty of memories of that era, which was simpler and more complicated at the same time.

You are invited to share your stories, and your cool, vintage, 1960s keepsakes with friends and neighbors at the Hampton History Museum’s event, “The Hunt for Hampton History – Searching for the 1960s.”

Admission to the museum and its exhibits are free that day, and you’ll have fun no matter how old you are. The event will be filled with people telling personal stories of the decade, exhibits explaining pivotal moments of that history, author book signings in the gift shop, and fun things including toys, hot rods, fashion and music of the period. The car show is going to be pretty sweet, too.

The day’s family fun includes a 1960s scavenger hunt with prizes like Hot Wheels cars and Troll IMG_5329dolls, an area where visitors can play with toys of the era including Etch-a-sketch, Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Robots and more, a challenge game where visitors can try to guess what some of the groovy terms from the 1960 mean, and  an arts and crafts activity where children can make colorful 1960s-inspired posters that share their dreams of the future.

“What I really think is interesting, is that parents and grandparents are going to enjoy it for the pure nostalgia of it, but I think kids are just going to be completely freaked out by some of the things they’re going to see,” says Seamus McGrann, Promotions Director at the Hampton History Museum.

I get it. I would have a hard time explaining to a modern kid that an Etch-a-Sketch was essentially a 1960’s iPad or that if you didn’t have a brick-sized remote control, you had to get up and cross the living room to change the channel on the TV.

IMG_5330If you are interested in attending the event, it’s on Saturday at the Hampton History Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you want to become a part of the exhibit, that’s encouraged, too! There will be people around to record your stories from Hampton Roads in the sixties, and your 1960s keepsakes could find a new home in the museum (even if they’re just on loan!)

“Civil Rights, the Space Race, Vietnam, psychedelic music, pop art, miniskirts and go-go boots may be some of the things that come to mind when thinking about the 1960’s, and they are all a part of our collective past,” says Hampton History Museum Executive Director Luci Cochran, “But we’d love to see and hear about the lives of Hamptonians during the period, and gather original photographs and artifacts that reflect the Hampton experience during this transformative and turbulent decade.”

Take a behind the scenes peek at the exhibition, and we’ll see you Saturday, March 12th at the Hampton History Museum!