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1965: A Year in Review - Celebrating 50 Years of NMJC

6/8/2015 3:38:29 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of New Mexico Junior College, a special exhibit of 1965 icons, inventions, exploration and more will be on exhibit at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.  The exhibit opens Thursday June 11 at 5:30 p.m. with a free reception for the public, and continues through July 26.

It was a half century ago that an American walked in space for the first time, the Vietnam War was escalating, music was changing with bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the 1965 Mustang became the classic car of all time, and the 1965 Civil Rights Act guaranteed voting rights for all Americans.  It was also the beginning of New Mexico Junior College, the first independent junior college in the state, after the passage of the Junior College Act.  This exhibit will take a look at the world in 1965, and feature many objects from cars to pop culture icons…showcasing NMJC and the world it came into.

“It is fascinating to see how the world was changing 50 years ago and the pop culture of that era,” says Erin Anderson, Curator of the museum who designed and created this special exhibit.  “We will have three vehicles on display: a 1965 Mustang, 1966 Ford Fairlane and a 1966 Ford Pickup. Visitors will learn about fashion and music; inventions like the snowboard, Shake ‘N Bake, and Gatorade; and much more that became part of our pop culture.”

“We are very proud to be part of the 50th celebration of New Mexico Junior College by showcasing the world at that time,” states Darrell Beauchamp, Executive Director of the Western Heritage Museum.  “The college was being formed at a time of change and discovery, and our curator has done an excellent job in identifying the impact of that era.”

The public is invited to a free reception Thursday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m., for the opening of the exhibit. Root beer floats will be served.

A family fun day on June 20th will feature hula hoop and yo-yo contests, 60’s dance contests and more.

For more information, contact the museum at 575-492-2678.

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college celebrating 50 years of success through learning.

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