[sixties-l] Fwd: A Hippie Museum?! (fwd)

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        Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001
        From: neill@cyberpuppy.com
    Subject: A Hippie Museum?!

    If anyone wants to join in co-conceptualizing this project, please
    add yourself to this egroup:

    Looking forward to your comments,
    Neill Kramer


    Hippie Museum --- Peace, Love, Learning

    Mission: The Hippie Museum is dedicated to understanding and extending key elements of the hippie movement that began in the 1960s. Some of those key elements are: believing in peace and love as a transformative process both personally and politically; self-sufficiency/ back-to-the-land; ingenuity in architecture, fashion, and transportation; using music as a collective tool; utilizing tolerance as a method of dealing with interpersonal relations. The Hippie Museum and its associated web site, www.hippiemuseum.org, will engage visitors with historical information and media, as well as ongoing workshops, retreats, etc.

    Description: The web site can be the driving force behind the ultimate construction of the actual museum. The sites development can be an organic process, both in terms of content and in terms of the mechanics of developing the museum. For example, if we create a virtual dome, yurt, octagon, or bus on the web site, and users migrate towards the dome both in terms of web traffic and financial donations, then a priority will be placed on getting the dome constructed before the other structures.

    It will be the responsibility of the founders to initially define the outlines for what the museum and the web site will contain.

    Some ideas for now: - hippie vehicles that have been restored to their former glory - cool treehouses and other alternative shelters (teepees, octagons, domes) - walkways between the vehicles and the shelters - exhibits in the vehicles and shelters - a main house that would offer communal dining, a small theater, a gift shop, etc. - a stage for live concerts, lectures, poetry readings, be-ins, etc. - organic gardens (for providing meals, education, etc.) - workshops on music, food, healing, crafts, consciousness-raising, etc. - kids activities that revolve around sixties art practices (pop-art, etc) - artists in residence - hot tubs or mineral hot spring pools - an inn that could house folks when there's weekend or weeklong events

    The ongoing role of the museum is not only to present the realm of the hippie era in a fun and historically accurate way, but also to serve as a resource center or clearinghouse for current hippie-related information and activism. In addition, the idea of a museum may need to be redefined, in the same way that hippies redefined what American youth was all about.

    Initial steps: - Purchase the www.hippiemuseum.org domain. DONE. - Place this description on newsgroups and mailing lists for interested parties to join. IN PROCESS. - If there is sufficient interest, start building the web site and continue to define what the museum shall become. - Create a 501c3 non-profit organization.


    ... see the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didnt really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, cars, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of 'em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures. --- Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums) 1958

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