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The Hippies Exhibit

Summer of Love:
The Hippies Exhibit Closing

Jul 30, 2017


It was previously announced that “The Hippies” Exhibit at the West County Museum would close at the end of Labor Day, September 4th. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the exhibit will be dismounted on Labor Day, September 4th, so the last day to see the exhibit will be Sunday, September 3rd, 1:00–4:00 PM. Exhibitors who loaned objects are invited to come on Labor Day to retrieve their items. They will be contacted individually later if this day is not convenient.

One of the most popular parts of the presentation has been the film clips of Lou Gottlieb and Bill Wheeler explaining their philosophies that led them to open their land to all, the effect of which was not well received by the County of Sonoma. The story of the County’s many efforts to destroy the homes made by the hippies and to fine the landowners for denying access to no one is well told in photographs. But the changes in the lifestyles introduced to the West County in 1967-1973 have survived. The effects can be seen in contemporary music, fashion, and the legalization of cannabis, to name a few.

The West County Museum is located at 261 S. Main Street, 707- 829-6711. It is open Thursday–Sunday, 1:00–4:00 pm.

The next exhibit at the museum will be a celebration of the centennial of the museum building, the former depot of the Petaluma & Santa Rosa electric railway, and its architect, Brainerd Jones. It will open in early October.


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