Share your stories

One of the upcoming exhibitions we are now working on is Culture/Counterculture: Fashions of the 1960s and 1970s. We would love to have your participation in this project which focuses on the generation gap during this period. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kent State’s shootings on May 4, 1970. Almost 50 years ago, the shootings of Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard brought to a head the cultural divides that had split the nation. There was a sharp contrast between supporters of the establishment and those opposed – the culture and the counterculture. These cleavages in society saw their clear expression in the fashions of the time.

In order to bring depth and perspective to this exhibition we are looking to collect personal stories. Do you have garments you have kept from the 1960s and early 70s that reflect the turbulent times? We would love see photos of your pieces and hear your stories. Please send photos along with the story about how these pieces are important to you to our curator, Sara Hume at shume1@kent.edu. We are hoping to include your stories in a special webpage that will supplement the exhibition. We may also include some in our printed catalogue and even in the exhibition itself, if you agree to it.

Have you held on to a special t-shirt or a favorite pair of jeans? Maybe you have some tie-dye that you made yourself or a dashiki. Please share your personal stories and enhance our exhibition so we can show how clothes are integral to history.

Sara Hume
Curator/Associate Professor
shume1@kent.edu

2 thoughts on “Share your stories

  1. Sara, do you want stories and photos about only garments that we still have? Or do you also want other stories and photos?
    I sent a more detailed email to you.

    • Hello Sheryl! I sent you a detailed reply to your e-mail but we would actually love to have stories and photos of special outfits even if the garments do not still exist.

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