Buzz Aldrin Salutes the American Flag on the Moon


Explore the events of a watershed year on view in the Vietnam Memorial Gallery
A Watershed Year

1969 concluded one of the most iconic and turbulent decades in our nation's history. It was a year of seminal events that would eventually become ingrained in the heart and soul of America. From war to Woodstock, from Sesame Street to the moon- it was a year where events across the country shaped our culture.

It was a time when our nation was full of polarized ideologies, emotions, and reactions.  As a new president took office with a new foreign policy strategy, the Vietnam War was televised to living rooms across the country, inspiring a range of responses.

Journey back to 1969 to explore the events and stories of a watershed year.


Exhibition on View

Vietnam Memorial Gallery
Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice
Monday - Friday 
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
NOW EXTENDED through May 1, 2020



There are many additional stories and objects at the 1969 exhibition in the Vietnam Memorial Gallery.

Explore a limited selection of content below.

1969 Exhibition Object Spotlight
3 days of peace and music program

Program from the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, 1969

From August 15-18, 500,000 people attended the Woodstock Music and Art Fair on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York. The festival featured 32 acts from the biggest names in music, including The Who, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Loan Courtesy of the New York State Museum. Not for duplication or distribution. May be subject to copyright.
Woodstock program.

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Oral Histories of the Vietnam War