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Communes, Cooperatives, and Collectives: Glimpses into America’s Counter-institutions, 1969-1979

Date: September 1, 2004

The late 1960s saw an outburst of communal living reflecting a wide range of beliefs, ideologies, and intents. For over a decade alternative communities were a constant source of inspiration and irritation for the American public and highlighted the dynamics of change inherent in this era. This exhibit features publications from and about several of the players and institutions involved in these “counter-institutions,” from a 1969 issue of Life magazine that featured an Oregon commune in an article titled “The Commune Comes to America” to a promotional pamphlet for Jonestown in 1978. Newsletters and magazines for the movement are included as are travelogues, memoirs, and scholarly examinations of these contributions to American culture. The exhibit is from the collection of Jim Kopp, Director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College.

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