Summer of Love: “The Hippies” exhibit extended

posted Jun 2, 2017, 3:48 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 3:52 PM ]

“The Hippies” multi-media exhibit at the West County Museum in Sebastopol has been extended to Labor Day due to the popularity of the show.

The display includes film clips of Lou Gottlieb and Bill Wheeler explaining the philosophy that led them to open their land to all as well as photographs, hand-made clothing, artifacts, a timeline, record covers and pop hits of the day playing in the background.

“This is the most well-attended exhibit in the history of the Museum,” Museum Director Jan King said. “It’s not surprising, since the hippie communes Morning Star and Wheeler’s were located just west of Sebastopol, and some residents still live here. Others remember the hippies coming into town to do their laundry.

The subject is of great interest to younger folks as well, since there were so many changes in our culture that were introduced because of the creativity of those rebels. Music, fashion, environmentalism, and now the legalization of marijuana are just some of the effects of what occurred in the late sixties.”

The museum is located opposite the Sebastopol post office at 261 S. Main Street, 707- 829-6711. It is open Thursday – Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.