Counterculture History Coalition (CHC) Exhibit

Founded in 2022, the Counterculture History Coalition (CHC) is dedicated to preserving the history of the counterculture and making our collections of interviews, documents, posters, books, photographs, videos, ephemera, etc. available to the public. We are a coalition of academics, archivists, artists, media producers and community activists, who have come together to gather, organize and display materials.

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Greg Castillo, Academic, UC Berkeley, California, USA.

Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Greg guest curated Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (2017) at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and contributed to its exhibition catalog. His work on counterculture self-build architecture will also appear in Design Radicals: Spaces of Bay Area Counterculture (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming).


Greg Castillo Content:

Paper: Counterculture materialized (need to print)

Homestead Photo. description: Joann, David, and their infant, Covelo Vishnu, in 1969 at The Chapel, their Wheeler’s Ranch home built from salvaged lumber and windows, with trunks of redwoods that had been burned in an earlier wildfire serving as pilotis. Bob Fitch photography archive, © Stanford University Libraries

Docs Populi

Documents, catalogs, and disseminates socially and politically significant graphic material which otherwise might be left behind in the digital revolution. The subject areas focus on oppositional political and counterculture efforts of the late 20th century. The project is directed by Lincoln Cushing, a Berkeley-based archivist, author, artist, and community organizer who teaches archiving as social justice practice at UC Berkeley.


Acapulco Gold poster. Caption: Blair Newman and Michael Aldrich created Amorphia in Mill Valley, California in 1969 to manufacture and sell Acapulco Gold brand rolling papers to raise money for a marijuana legalization movement that would include a media campaign, a news service, a speakers’ bureau, court tests of pot laws, and funding expert witnesses to appear before state legislatures to lobby for legalization. In 1972 Amorphia merged into NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws).

Poster Medley

Back to the Land Project

The Back to the Land Project founded 2018 by Brian Hill, Bioregional Anthropologist, and Paolo Stuppia, PhD in Political Science, associate researcher at Cal Poly Humboldt, is a project focused on the collection of a database of stories told by the people who created and experienced the BTL movement since the 1960s on the West Coast (“collective ethnography”).



Lincoln Cushing, Academic, UC Berkeley, California, USA

Lincoln Cushing, Academic, UC Berkeley, California, USA. Lincoln Cushing teaches “Archiving as Social Justice Practice” at U.C. Berkeley and is a subject expert on oppositional political graphics of the late 20th century. He consults with universities, museums, and special collections such as SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum of California. Amng his books are Revolucion! Cuban Poster Art and Agitate! Educate! Organize! - American Labor Posters.

HomeGrown Stories, (Eugene, OR)

HomeGrown Stories, (Eugene, OR) is collecting video oral histories of pioneer cannabis growers, who beginning in the 1960s, started adapting foreign cannabis seeds to growing conditions in the Pacific NW. HomeGrown Stories is the personal project of award-winning producer/director Jerry Joffe, who has grown cannabis for 50 years and is one of the founders of the Counterculture History Coalition.

Homegrown Stories Sizzle Reel

The Humboldt Area Peoples Archive

The Humboldt Area Peoples Archive collect, preserves and shares, for public educational use, historical materials related activism, business, and art for social justice, peace, and the environment, as well as histories of counterculturists, back-to-the-landers, and cannabis growers’ lives in and around Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino counties from the late 1960s to now. Executive Director Nicole Riggs secured an exhibit for all affiliates of the Counterculture History Coalition at the Cannifest Expo 2023.



Chronic Freedom Overview

Civil Liberties Monitoring Project: Pot Radio

The Center for Cannabis and Social Policy

The Center for Cannabis and Social Policy is a nonprofit action-research think tank for information about cannabis policy and markets in a wider social context, especially in Washington, Oregon and California. CASP collects and produces information about cannabis policy and markets in the context of state-level experiments in democracy directly affected by Legal Cannabis laws, rules, and regulations.


Requiem for a CAMP

Cannabis Culture Museum

Cannabis Culture Museum. For over 50 years, Richard Jergenson, co-founder of the Proto Pipe, has been collecting, archiving and preserving Cannabis Culture volumes, magazines and artifacts, all in great condition to share with all of us. From resources of the 1960’s through 1980’s Marijuana News, art, and legalization news until the legalization process in California, we are bringing them to the public view.


CCM Content: Banner on Prohibition

Kate Harnedy

Kate Harnedy is a photographer and community archivist. Her work focuses on communal living, the counterculture and social justice movements. Her photographic work is archived at University of Oregon Special Collections, she works with Oregon Country Fair Archives and is co-founder of the Deadwood Oral History & Archives Project.



Chiah Rodriques

Chiah Rodriques, is working on a digital archive for Greenfield Ranch, in Mendocino County, a 5600 acre homeowners association consisting of a central community property with a communal swimming reservoir, a communal spring, a ranch house, and over 28 miles of roads maintained by residents. Chiah’s video interviews on YouTube will be accompanied with photos and written stories.

Lee Stickells, Academic, Sydney, Australia.

Lee Stickells, Academic, Sydney, Australia. Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at University of Syndey, Lee Stickells focuses on the built environments of back-to-the-land movements in Australia and the US. He organized “Aquarius Redux: Rethinking Architecture’s Counterculture” in Sydney (2016). His publications include “Hand Made: The Ecology of a Countercultural Architecture” and “Housing the Farmers of Enlightenment” (Jovis, 2021).

Lee Stickells Profile Pic



Lee Stickells content:

Cover of Ecol Operation description: The cover of the MCHG’s first publication, The ECOL Operation, showing the completed ECOL house. The sulfur concrete block and modular timber pavilions flank the prefabricated asbestos bathroom unit. Behind, to the right, is the wind power generator that powered the aerobic waste recycling system (a 45-gallon drum and 12-volt aquarium pump) and the lights in the house. Source: The ECOL Operation; Ecology Building Common Sense, Montreal: Minimum Cost Housing Studies, School of Architecture, McGill University, 1972. Reproduced courtesy of the MCHG.

Isometric Structure Drawing description: The project was pitched to The Ministry of State for Urban Affairs’ Canadian Urban Demonstration Program, an initiative created as part of the Ministry’s responsibility for the 1976 Habitat conference. ECOL II was a “low-energy house” intended to be a public demonstration as well as a research site that could provide comparative data on the minimization of energy and resource consumption in the Canadian home. Source: Proposal for Ecol Operation demonstration in Vancouver 1974-1975, Minimum Cost Housing Group Fonds, Montreal (Canada), AP149.S1.1972.PR01.001. Reproduced courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Paolo Stuppia, Academic, Sorbonne, Paris, PhD Political Science

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