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Bobby Babcock, of Tulsa, Okla., his wife, Kari Babcock, and their dog Lucy walk through the Museum of the Sixties on Monday. The temporary-hoping-to-become-permanent exhibition of the cultural, political and historical events of the decade are on display on San Francisco Street.

Looking at the photo on the wall of the Beatles performing in concert, Barbara Nicholson suddenly felt a wave of goosebumps move across her arms and shoulders.

The image, part of an exhibition chronicling the 1960s, immediately transported her back to her college days at the University of North Texas in 1968 when the Fab Four’s song “Revolution” hit the radio airwaves. At the time, she was helping to support presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy, who unsuccessfully campaigned on an antiwar platform for the Democratic nomination in that year’s election.

It was a heartbreaking time — filled with awful news from the Vietnam War, of political assassinations, a time of conflict and unrest. It was also time of free love and peace signs, hope for a better world and music that spoke to those dreams.

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Photographer Lisa Law shows Gary Nicholson, a musician from Nashville, Tenn., one of her prints from Woodstock at the Museum of the Sixties on Monday in Santa Fe. The temporary exhibit is open through the end of the month.

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Photographer Lisa Law takes a selfie with Gary Nicholson, center, and Shawn Camp, both musicians from Nashville, Tenn., on Monday at the Museum of the Sixties on East San Francisco Street.

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.

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