• I WAS THERE: Sue Levins

    Levins, Sue, Long, Tim

    Sue Levins grew up in a middle-class family in Skokie and was home on summer vacation from her studies at the University of Miami during the 1968 convention. She went to Lincoln Park on the first day…

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  • I WAS THERE: Brian Biernacki

    Biernacki, Brian, Long, Tim

    Bernard Biernacki was born in Chicago and lived in the Bridgeport community area until his marriage in the mid-1970s. At that point, he and his wife moved to west suburban Aurora. While studying journ…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Louise Coleman

    Coleman, Louise, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • Anti-Vietnam War button

    Small circular button with stylized black and white image of a helmet hanging on a rifle. Text reads "Out Now."

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  • I WAS THERE: R. Craig Sautter

    Sautter, R. Craig, Russick, John

    A senior at Indiana University, Sautter was heavily involved in anti-Vietnam War demonstrations and traveled to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, because of his involvement with Students…

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  • Chicago Police officer's riot helmet

    International Latex Corporation (manufacturer)

    Helmet made of hard plastic with black chin strap and clear plastic face guard. Helmet is light blue with black stripe where face guard attaches. Front has "7250" in white and a white five pointed sta…

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  • I WAS THERE: James Alter

    Alter, James, Bivins, Joy

    James Alter was born and raised in Chicago. He described himself as the "political maven" of his family, because his birth family was not very political. His wife held many positions in the local and…

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  • Chicago Police Department badge worn by Officer Timothy Flavin

    A badge in the shape of a six pointed star made of sliver with the words POLICE/ 799/ CHICAGO engraved in large letters.

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  • I WAS THERE: Jerry Field

    Field, Jerry, Alter, Peter

    During the 1968 Democratic National convention, Mr. Field was a staff member at the Chicago television station, WFLD. He discussed visits to Lincoln and Grant Parks to film and to observe protestors.…

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  • I WAS THERE: John Keefe

    Keefe, John, Alter, Peter

    Mr. Keefe was a college student at Loyola University Chicago's Loop campus during the Democratic National Convention. He was also an Oak Park, Illinois resident then. Although he wanted to attend the…

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  • National Guardsmen lining the street during the 1968 Democratic National Convention

    Roland, Charles (photographer)

    National Guardsmen lining the street during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, August 1968.

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  • I WAS THERE: Catherine Rategan

    Rategan, Catherine, Bivins, Joy

    Catherine Rategan was born in Chicago in 1932 and grew up in the Austin community area. Her mother was a homemaker and her father represented their home district in the state legislature. In 1968, Ms…

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  • Police confronting strikers during the 1937 Republic Steel Strike (detail)

    Chicago Daily News, Inc. (photographer)

    Police confronting strikers outside Republic Steel during what became known as the Memorial Day Massacre, Chicago, Illinois, May 30, 1937 (detail).

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  • National Guardsmen in altercation with anti-Civil Rights demonstrator

    Haun, Declan, 1937-1994 (photographer)

    View of an armed Illinois National Guardsman engaged in an altercation with teenage anti-Civil Rights protester Jerry Gasiorowski, as a crowd looks on at a counter-demonstration in Cicero, Illinois, 1…

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  • View of a partially demolished building, other ruins in wake of 1968 Chicago riots

    Haun, Declan, 1937-1994 (photographer)

    A group of people examine a partially demolished building and the ruins of other structures destroyed during the riots that erupted following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Chica…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Claudia Pate

    Pate, Claudia, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • I WAS THERE: Barbara Berger

    Berger, Barbara, Bivins, Joy

    Barbara Berger was born in Chicago and grew up in north suburban Evanston, Illinois. She always had an interest in politics and the political process. In 1968, she had just graduated from the Universi…

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  • I WAS THERE: Donna Berlinger Mercier

    Mercier, Donna Berlinger, Long, Tim

    Donna Berlinger Mercier was born in Chicago at Grant Hospital and raised in north suburban Skokie, Illinois. When she was sixteen years old, she got a job with the Andy Frain usher service and worked…

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  • I WAS THERE: Gary T. Johnson

    Johnson, Gary T, Bivins, Joy

    Born in 1950 in Chicago, Gary T. Johnson grew up in northwest suburban Park Ridge, Illinois in a politically active family. At the time of the Democratic National Convention, Johnson had recently grad…

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  • I WAS THERE: Michael Koetting

    Koetting, Michael, Grannan, Jill

    Michael, at age twenty-one, traveled with a group of friends from St. Louis, Missouri to Chicago at the time of the Democratic National Convention. He was an editor at his college newspaper and felt "…

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