Reliving 1968 at the Pawling Library

Journalist Evan Weiner took guests back to an influential year in American history.

Journalist Evan Weiner arrived at the library early on Wednesday, March 27, for his presentation entitled 1968: How Events 50 Years Ago Shaped the World. Though he officially started at 7:00 p.m., most had already been transfixed by the presenter’s stories for nearly half an hour. Weiner’s lecture was a great treat that everyone wished would extend beyond the scheduled one-hour time frame. While he spoke, the audience viewed projected images taken throughout 1968 that, for some, triggered memories of the turbulent year, from the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy to the closing of college campuses by student protesters. Guests learned about how music played a major role in turning Americans against the Vietnam War and of Richard Nixon’s appearance on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In that changed everything about presidential politics.

Evan Weiner has another program devoted to the year 1969 that will be taking place later this year at the Pawling Library. He is the author of six books, was awarded the Ronald Reagan Media Award from the United States Sports Academy and is widely known as global expert on the Politics of Sports Business.

Donald Partelow is the adult programming coordinator at Pawling Library.