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The Museum's galleries and exhibits are a chronicle of who we are and where we've been, challenging newcomers and long-time residents to consider how they will leave their mark.

Special Exhibit: October 19, 2019 to March 21, 2020

The 1950s: An American Dream? is an exhibit designed to bring about nostalgic feelings for this period, but to also shed light onto some of the less remembered aspects that sat just below the surface.

The 1950s beamed with prosperity with new homes, automobiles and appliances.  It stands as a symbol of good times. Yet, under this decade’s shiny appearance, many felt pressured to conform to societal norms.

The American dream of the 1950s centered on nuclear families living in modern, suburban homes. However, not all was ideal. Family roles were changing. The business industry used color theory to encourage consumer spending. Everything from leisure activities to automobiles to appliances pushed for sameness and for keeping up with one’s neighbors. The countryside itself shifted as new highways were built.  Changes were brewing below the surface of the American dream.

This exciting topic will be a two-part exhibit with Part II, Beyond the American Dream, currently scheduled to open April 4, 2020. 


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