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Eastland: Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation


January 28 at 10:00am to March 16 at 4:15am

OUR LIVES, OUR STORIES: America's Greatest Generation explores the life arc of a single generation - the stories of their lives, told in their words - from birth to old age.  Born in the 1910's and 1920's, this generation of people were decisively shaped by their experiences during the Depression and World War II.  They went on to make the "baby boom" and shape the economic boom of the postwar era, and to become some of the twentieth century's most influential figures.  Today - well into the 21st century - we are all living with their legacy.  This exhibition from the Minnesota Historical Society draws on the stories and memories gathered together to help us begin to understand not only who they were, but who we are.

World War II has never been far from the center of American popular memory - in books, movies, television, museums, and memorials.  But in the last decade, attention has shifted from the events and the outsized personalities of the war to the men and women who were on the war's front lines, at home and abroad, ordinary people who made an extraordinary difference.  The focus on the war - which, for Americans lasted less than four years - has led us, perhaps, to overlook the experiences of lifetimes.  This exhibition seeks to restore a wholeness to these histories, to listen to our elders along the entire arc of their lives. 

The exhibition journey of Our Lives, Our Stories begins with the babies of the 1910's and 1920's, and asks a central question: what defines a "generation"?  What experiences and decisions creates a sense of group identity?  Moving through the Great Depression and into World War II, the exhibition explores the human impact of both home-front efforts and front lines combat.  Concepts like duty and responsibility become a consistent refrain.

But Our Lives, Our Stories moves beyond these events to also explore in more detail the larger social aftermath of the "booms" that followed this tumultuous period.  From the population growth of the baby boom to the material growth of a media-driven consumer culture, Our Lives, Our Stories reveals how a strong sense of group identity informed and shaped this generation's response to the post-war world.

What opportunities were realized?  Did everyone enjoy the benefits of the boom?  How did this generation's contact with a world beyond their local communities change their perspective about their role in a global society?

The exhibition checklist features an appealing variety of domestic and cultural objects, including media artifacts (television, radio), transportation objects, military items, civic and military uniforms, early consumer culture artifacts and toys, leisure and souvenir items, and other domestic household goods.

 

Location

  • Eastland County Museum
  • 114 South Seaman Street
  • Eastland, Texas
  • 76448

Contact

  • Contact:
    Eastland County Museum
  • Phone:
    254- 631-0437
  • Visit Website

Fees

  • Museum admission


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