1960s – History and SPL Programs

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The early 1960s in America were a time of hope, energy, and prosperity, a time when the United States settled confidently into its role as a superpower possessed of military might and financial clout. “It is a time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities,” the new president John F. Kennedy told the nation in 1960. “For there is a new world to be won.” –Read More Here.

Source: L., R. “Introduction.” American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 7: 1960-1969. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale U.S. History In Context. Web. 9 July 2012.

Join us this week for these “Between the Decades” Programs.

1960s Doll Necklaces – Monday, July 9 @ 6PM – Join April McBain of No Good Riding Hood and go back to the flower power days of the 1960s to make a vintage craft. These doll necklaces were popular 50 years ago, and you’ll have a chance to make them again. There is a $2.00 material fee payable at the program. Please register.

Ancestry.com Lab – Tuesday, July 10 @ 10:30AM – A Librarian will give a quick review of the site, and then you can search away for the rest of the session! Class size is limited. Please register.

Decades Documentaries – National Geographic’s: The Lost JFK Tapes (1960s) – Tuesday, July 10, @ 2PM – In commemoration of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in November of 1963, National Geographic presents an exhaustive timeline of archived home movies, news reports, radio reports, and audio recordings depicting the event that shattered a nation and shocked the world. With footage of stunned witnesses, breathless news anchors, and the very priest who administered President Kennedy’s last rites, this documentary captures the grief of a nation for the benefit of future generations.

African Americans in the Sewickley Valley – Thursday, July 12 @ 7PM – African Americans of Sewickley Valley have a history as rich and deep-rooted as the valley itself. This presentation, by Autumn Redcross, is based on the book that she coauthored with local historian, Bettie Cole. Please register.

Decades Movies: Yellow Submarine (1960s) – Friday, July 13 @ 2PM – Animated feature with the Beatles trying to save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies. (1968, 90min, G)