Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 15, 2013

Groovy exhibit

Highlands show puts 1960s in spotlight

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — Bell bottom jeans and psychedelic posters are hallmarks of the 1960s and feature prominently in the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center’s exhibit “The 1960s: A Decade of Unrest.”

Curated by Heather Akers, the exhibit’s centerpiece is fashion of the 1960s, including a minidress categorized as having “the wet look” and a men’s three-piece suit.

Akers included a guide to dresses: a chart showing the length of the dress and what it was called, from micromini to maxi.

A pair of faded bell bottom jeans also is displayed alongside a maxidress.

One case of memorabilia is devoted to President John F. Kennedy and the space race.

Many of the arts are represented, too. One case displays television memorabilia, including a “Lost in Space” lunchbox and an Uncle Jed action figure from “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Both of those items were donated, but most items in the exhibit are in the museum’s permanent collection.

Akers said there is a bra on display – the first time a bra has been on exhibit at the museum – in conjunction with the women’s liberation movement.

However, Akers said even though bra burning is associated with the movement, there has never been any conclusive evidence that bra burning was a part of the movement.

The Beatles and Elvis are featured in the music portion of the exhibit. There also is a section about television shows and the museum has a scrapbook on display that was compiled by a local resident; it contains collected magazine articles about movie stars.

One case displays a U.S. Marine jacket worn during the Vietnam War and information and photographs about Martin Luther King Jr.

Another case offers information about what was happening in Ashland during the 1960s.

“Even though there were a lot of series topics, it was a fun exhibit to curate,” Akers said.

The exhibit will continue through January.



LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.