National Exhibit at Churchill Museum on Greatest Generation 

6/18/2012 
National Churchill Museum 

Marine Ricky Sorenson at the soda fountain after coming home from warArea citizens will have a rare opportunity to view an exciting new national exhibit entitled Our Lives, Our Stories:  America’s Greatest Generation on display June 16-August 11 at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
 
Visitors will see and hear how the experiences of those who were born in the 1910s and 1920s and lived through the Great Depression, World War II and the postwar boom years shaped the world we live in today.
 
Our Lives, Our Stories draws on the memories and oral histories of members of the Greatest Generation themselves to help us understand who they really were and what impact major turning points in American history such as the Depression, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, World War II, civil rights and the media-driven consumer culture following the war had on their generation and ours,” says Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum.
 
Among the interesting components of the exhibit are five audio-visual interactive components that include four video monitors (one in a 1950s television) and one motion-activated radio program; freestanding environments from the time period such as a soda fountain, jungle gym and 1950s kitchen; and 50 items such as household materials, clothing, books, appliances, military items, and commercial objects.
 
“So many men and women, sixteen million of my generation, went through this experience,” says Brian Horrigan, Project Curator for the exhibition, from the Minnesota Historical Society.  “And there has been nothing since then like it.”
 
The exhibit is included in the price of Museum admission.
 
Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation is being locally sponsored at the National Churchill Museum by Shelter Insurance.
 
Our Lives, Our Stories:  America’s Greatest Generation has been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Originally developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the exhibition was adapted and is toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road.
 
Founded in 1972, Mid-America Arts Alliance is the oldest regional nonprofit arts organization in the United States.  For more information on the Alliance or NEH, people can visit www.maaa.org or www.nehontheroad.org.