The 1960s

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Overview:

Where were you when we landed on the moon? When JFK was killed? When the Beatles burst onto the music scene? Get ready to relive the events that shaped our lives through one of the most turbulent decades in American history.

Living History The 1960s takes you back to the Lehigh Valley in a time of big events and bigger changes… from swinging Saturday night dance at Notre Dame High to lazy afternoons at Willow Park, from the struggle for equal rights in Easton and Bethlehem to the killing fields of Vietnam, from the roadways to the raceways, experience it all through the personal recollections of the Lehigh Valley men and women who lived it.

In the 1960s Rock & Roll was king. Fabian crooned for the Lehigh Valley. We met the Beatles. We danced to the rhythms of Motown. A band from Allentown topped the charts. And a music festival just a short drive away turned into a symbol of all that was right — and wrong — with the 60s.

In the 1960s a war in a country half a world away stirred passions and protests here at home. You’ll meet a Lehigh Valley airman who was shot down over north Vietnam and spent seven years as a prisoner of war. Meet a Lehigh Valley nurse who treated the injured and mourned the dead in that tragic war.

In the 1960s times were good and people had money. Baby boomers came of age. Bethlehem Steel was growing. Jobs were plentiful. Everyone had a car. Mario Andretti won the biggest race of his career. Western Electric put us first in the race for space. And we all gathered around our televisions in the summer of ’69 to watch an American take that one small step for mankind.

So get out your Nehru jacket, put on those love beads and settle in for a trip back to a time that set the course for the rest of our lives, a time none of us who experienced it will ever forget.