National Endowment Exhibit ‘On The Road’ At Fort Casper Museum
Memorial Day, May 28th, is the last day to catch Fort Caspar Museum’s showing of the National Endowment for the Humanities “On the Road” traveling exhibit titled Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation.
The exhibit explores the life of the World War II generation—as told in their own words. Born in the 1910s and 1920s, these people were decisively shaped by the Depression and World War II. They went on to make the “baby boom” and shape the economic boom of the postwar era. Today – well into the 21st century – we are all living with their legacy. But who are these people upon whom the title of “greatest” has been bestowed?
Our Lives, Our Stories draws on memories and oral histories to help us understand who these people really were. The exhibition begins with the babies of the 1910s and 1920s, and then explores the human impact of events that marked major turning points in their lives, including the Depression, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, World War II, the rising awareness of Civil Rights, and the growth of media-driven consumer culture during the post-war boom. While this generation’s identity is clearly linked to World War II, the focus of Our Lives, Our Stories seeks to restore wholeness to our understanding by allowing them to tell their stories along the larger arc of their lives. In the process, their diversity of memories reveals them as the complex mix of real people who truly helped to shape the world that we live in today.
For more information call the museum at 235-8462 or check our website at www.fortcasparwyoming.com. The museum is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in May and daily 8:00 am to 6:00 pm June - August. Fort Caspar Museum is located at 4001 Fort Caspar Road, Casper, WY 82604.