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.