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.
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.
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!
Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
Civil Rights Movement
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
Harry S. Truman
Home Microwave Oven
Interstate Highway Act of 1956
Ohio Civil Rights Act of 1959
Ohio Penitentiary Riot
Ohio Un-American Activities Committee
Ohio State Tree
Ohio’s State Motto
Ohio Turnpike Commission
Second Red Scare
Servicemen’s Readjustment Act
Stouffer Frozen Dinners
1950 Great Thanksgiving Snowstorm
1959 Ohio Statewide Flood