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1968: The Year the Dream Died

The Pioneers Who Changed TV News
Now on Display at the Briscoe Center

Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m (SEE EXCEPTIONS)

The Briscoe Center proudly presents The Pioneers Who Changed TV News, an exhibit on the evolution of news media that focuses on the path breaking show 60 Minutes. Currently holding the record for the longest continuously running program of any genre scheduled during American network prime time, 60 Minutes has had its share of controversies as well as praise, winning more awards than any other television show.

“The exhibit draws from the archives of the show’s producers and correspondents, many of which are housed at the center. While they give visitors a backstage pass to the show’s inner workings, the primary value of these archives lies in what they reveal about American history,” said Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center. “They allow us to track the events, personalities, and trends of the past through the critical eyes of the professionals who documented and researched them at the time.”

 
1968: The Year the Dream Died

1968: The Year the Dream Died
Now on Display at the Briscoe Center

Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m (SEE EXCEPTIONS)

1968 was one of the most tumultuous years in American history, "the year the dream died," according to reporter Jules Witcover, "when the sensitivities and nerve endings of millions of Americans were assaulted almost beyond bearing." The year's riots, assassinations, resignations, and innovations stand out because of how they were documented. The Briscoe Center's news media collections—including Witcover's papers—speak powerfully to 1968's themes and events. Journalists recorded not simply what happened, but how it felt and how it would be remembered. All materials on display are drawn from collections housed at the center. When not on display, these items are available to researchers in the center's reading room.

 
Weatherby Map Collection

Highlights from the Weatherby Map Collection
Now on Display at the Briscoe Center

Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m (SEE EXCEPTIONS)

View some of the finest examples from the late T. Karman Weatherby's collection of more than 4,000 maps, engravings, and related materials, donated to the Briscoe Center by his family in 2013 and now available to researchers. The selections here show visual evidence of changing national borders and state boundaries in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries and the growth of Texas through the Republic era and into statehood. These examples vividly illustrate ways in which nations and states viewed themselves geographically and across time, and how mapmakers and publishers chose to communicate a sense of place and population.