2016 History Symposium


The 1960's : Institution, Revolution, Evolution


 Wednesday, April 27, 4 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 28, 4 to 9 p.m.

     Friday, April 29, optional bus tour (details to be announced)

Saturday, April 30, 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.


$55 per person

Additional fees for optional meals and bus tour.

To register and pay for the 2016 History Symposium click here

To view Registration Brochure click here


Open to the Public - Inservice Course Approval has been received from the NDE

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.

                                                            --  John F. Kennedy, U.S. President

Democracy was regarded as entering into a crisis in the 1960s.  The crisis was that large segments of the population were becoming organized and active and trying to participate in the political arena.

                                                                           --  Noam Chomsky, political activist

Explore the controversial decade of the 1960s at the Museum's 12th history symposium.  Hear renowned national speakers, authors, a fascinating Chautauqua presenter, and state and local experts. Each will offer a unique perspective during this comprehensive examination of the 1960s.

At the beginning of the 1960s, many Americans believed they were standing at the dawn of a golden age -- Camelot. On January 20, 1961, the handsome and charismatic John F. Kennedy became president of the United States. During his presidential campaign he promised a “New Frontier,” a domestic package of laws and reforms that would eliminate injustice and inequality in the United States.  In 1961 he challenged our nation to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth by the end of the decade. 

This period of immense social change saw the African American freedom struggle and Black Power movement, gay liberation, women’s liberation, counterculture, and the movement to end the war in Vietnam. Many Americans opposed and resisted these movements and the roots of the conservative politics emerged in response to these developments.

On the foreign front the decade was dominated by the Vietnam War, the Cold War between East and West, Communism vs. Capitalism, Cuban Missile Crisis, Berlin Crisis, and more.

The 1960s were the age of youth because of the unprecedented number of teenagers and young adults from the post-war baby boom.  They rebelled against the conventional lifestyles, values and traditions of their parents and whatever "the establishment" represented, and the counterculture movement emerged.

The decade saw the iconic smiley face, miniskirts, rock and roll, space exploration, transition from the industrial age to the service industry, the beginning of the environmental movement, and some of the most stylish and powerful cars ever built.   The legacy of the 1960s is still evident today from national politics and foreign policy to culture and fashion.

Presenters will offer a unique insight into a variety of interesting topics including:

·       1960 Election: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon

·       Music

·       Automobiles

·       Lady Bird Johnson

·       Building the Berlin Wall

·       The Rat Pack

·       Space Race

·       George Wallace

·       1960s Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley

·       and more


Space Race Program:

Saturday's program will also include a round robin of activities about the Space Race from the first person in space to the first man on the Moon, presented in conjunction with the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada.

To register and pay for the 2016 History Symposium click here

Or call 775-333-9300.

Optional Bus Tour

Friday, April 29, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee $60, Roundtrip bus transportation and lunch included.

1960s Olympics and the Donner Pass Corridor

Mark McLaughlin will be our guide for the day.  He's an award-winning, nationally-published author, entertaining and informative professional speaker, and Tahoe local for more than 30 years.

Mark will share insights and historic perspectives as we explore beautiful Squaw Valley, home of the 1960s Olympics, with a Tram ride to High Camp to enjoy thrilling views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra, and to visit the recently renovated Olympic Museum. We will also visit Donner Memorial State Park and new museum to learn about the importance of Donner Pass as a historic transportation corridor. Our stop at the overlook on Old Donner Pass Road will offer stunning views of Donner Lake and a panorama evolution of trails through the area.   

To register and pay for the 2016 History Symposium Bus Tour click here