Dropping Out: Intentional Communities of the Counterculture

Inspired by the rallying cry of the counterculture to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," many young men and women left tradiitonal society during the 1960s in favor of a great unknown within an intentional community. These intentional communities, or communes, have a long history but found their heyday in the hearts of the hippies. Such communities bred their own culture, inspired by the counterculture at large and yet, utterly unique in their daily life, values and social structures. This exhibit opens with a brief examination of both the history of the counterculture and intentional communities themselves in order to better contextualize the primary focus on life in the 1960s hippie commune. Use the following pages to familiarize yourself with major themes of the counterculture, hippie living, communes today, and more. 


Hannah Howard