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July 25, 2013
Photo of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air in the exhibit “1950s: Building the American Dream” at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of a child trying out a rotary-dial telephone in the exhibit “1950s: Building the American Dream” at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of a boy reading a magazine of the 1950s in the living room of the Lustron porcelain-enameled steel house in the exhibit “1950s: Building the American Dream” at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.Photo of visitors playing a record of the 1950s in the living room of the Lustron house in the exhibit “1950s: Building the American Dream” at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
Dynamic Decade
Explore the 1950s

Our new exhibit, 1950s: Building the American Dream, is now open at the Ohio History Center museum in Columbus. Visit the museum and experience the 1950s firsthand – put your feet up on the couch, play a record or peek in the drawers of a real two-bedroom, ranch-style Lustron home of the era and explore its contents.

Stop by at the right time and you may even meet a Lustron salesman on the lawn, dad relaxing in the living room or mom in the kitchen making a cake.

Three Themes
Through the exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream you can explore three themes: the changing roles of men and women and how they differed from those of earlier and later generations; social and political issues of the era, including how the often-idealized 1950s were anything but ideal for many Americans; and the popular music, literature, art and design of the era, which still has a following six decades later.  

Explore More
Before or after visiting the exhibit, you can read more about the decade of the 1950s at Ohio History Central, our online encyclopedia of Ohio history. Visit http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org and check out the following topics or simply enter any year from 1950–1959 under “Search” and explore!

Baby Boomers

Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas

Civil Rights Movement

Cold War

Disposable Diapers

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Alan Freed

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System

Harry S. Truman

Home Microwave Oven

Hungarian Ohioans

Interstate Highway Act of 1956

Korean War

Ohio Civil Rights Act of 1959

Ohio Penitentiary Riot

Ohio Un-American Activities Committee

Ohio’s Sesquicentennial

Ohio State Tree

Ohio’s State Motto

Ohio Turnpike Commission

Play-Doh

Roy Rogers

Albert Sabin

Second Red Scare

Servicemen’s Readjustment Act

Shopping Centers

Snow Bowl

Stouffer Frozen Dinners

Suburbs

Teflon

1950 Great Thanksgiving Snowstorm

1959 Ohio Statewide Flood