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Around Our Town: Fort Caspar Museum

Museum Installs New Exhibit

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04/01/2012 - PRESS Release

For Immediate Release


Richard L. Young, Museum Manager


(307) 235-8462

Museum Installs New Exhibit

Casper, Wyoming Fort Caspar Museum is pleased to announce the installation of a 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?

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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. The exhibit will be at Fort Caspar Museum through May 28, 2012. In April, Fort Caspar Museum is open Tues Sat, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admission of $1.50 adult, $1.00 youth, and children 12 & under free. During May, the museum is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admission of $3.00/adults and $2.00/youth. For information call 307-235-8462 or visit our web site at www.fortcasparwyoming.com.

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