About This Blog

Born in the Sixties is a year-long documentary in blog format hosted by the Dowling College Library in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Dowling College as an independent educational institution in Suffolk County, New York. We will be exploring the life of the College during its first academic school year, 1968-1969, through the use of images and documents housed in the Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

The structure of this blog is chronological and we will progress through the school year marking events as they happened – theater productions, basketball games, the inauguration of our first president, the first commencement. We will fill in what was happening in the wider world, noting major political, social and cultural events.

To supplement what can be shown with digitized images and documents, this blog will also feature a series of podcast interviews with faculty, alumni and community members discussing the College and the surrounding culture of the 1960s.

This blog will run from September 2008 through August 2009 with the intent that the accumulation of text, images and audio will create a picture of what it was like on this campus on Long Island in the late 1960s. And while we are starting with the materials from our Archives and Special Collections, our hope is that another source of content will come from you, the reader.

How You Can Add To The Story

  • Post a comment
  • Arrange an interview. Were you a student or connected to Dowling during the late 1960s? We’d love to hear from you and possibly arrange an interview to be included on this blog. Contact Chris Kretz, the blog curator.
  • Donate material. If you have photographs, documents or memorabilia related to Dowling College and the surrounding community during the 1960s, please consider donating them to the Dowling Archives or allowing us to add them to our Long Island South Shore History Wiki. Contact Diane Holliday, archivist.

Comment Policy

The intent of this blog is to share information from the Dowling College Library about Dowling College and its development in the late 1960s. We welcome thoughtful comments and discussion that will help add to an understanding of the College and the times.

Comments are moderated in accordance with our commenting policy:

  • Be brief and relate your comment to the subject of the post
  • Be respectful and courteous to others
  • Respect federal and state copyright laws as well as intellectual property
  • The following are prohibited: commercial,  for profit or corporate activities; harrassment, threats or personal attacks; obscene or abusive language; political endorsements
  • The Dowling LIbrary reserves the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments and to block access to any one or group from commenting or from the entire blog
  • Identify your connection to Dowling in your comment. If you are an alum and would like to become more involved, contact Diane Kazanecki Kempter, Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations.

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