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10/9/2019 - New Exhibit at Smoky Hill Museum - The 1950s: An American Dream?

Smoky Hill Museum presents The 1950s: An American Dream? 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 I, The 1950s: An American Dream?, Opening to the general public October 19, 2019. Part II, Beyond the American Dream, is currently scheduled to open April 4, 2020. As always, both exhibits will feature some great artifacts and hands-on fun.

The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 11-5 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.

For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at (785) 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.