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Oct 12, 2018
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    Mantor Library — University of Maine at Farmington

    Mantor Library — University of Maine at Farmington, 116 South St., Farmington, ME 04938

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    Free

    The Books of the Long Sixties 1957-1974

    The Shiretown Bookers are proud to announce their Fall exhibition, “The Long Sixties, 1957-1974”, running from October 7th through January 11th, in the Shiretown Bookers’ Hall in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington. The opening reception, to which the public is invited, will be held at the Library at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 4th.

    The Long Sixties ran from 1957, when the first Civil Rights Act was passed, and Sputnik was launched, until 1974, when Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency in the Watergate scandal. The “Swinging Sixties” were a time of tumult and countercultural revolution, of the Vietnam War and theBeatles, of massive demonstrations for social justice, and changes in the norms for music, drugs, dress, and sexuality. Students aligned with labor to change governments. We very nearly had a nuclear war. The back-to-the-land movement crossed with the hippie movement, technology crossed with the space program, and we went to the Moon.

    The exhibition lays out both the wonderful creativity as well as the struggles of the period. The books, many in first edition, represent the whole spectrum of the events of that remarkable time when it looked to many as if peace would finally guide the planet, and love would steer the stars.

    The Shiretown Bookers (The Community Friends of Mantor Library) are a group of book lovers and collectors who support the university library by fostering its relationship with the community. The group provides free exhibitions and lectures on bookish subjects throughout the year.