Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

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Wednesday, January 25. Doors open 9:30, program begins 10am – “Born Here: Kansas Aviation History” by Richard Harris. With twenty percent of America’s aircraft produced in Kansas, aviation is second only to ag­riculture as our state’s leading industry. Where did it all begin, where is it all going, and how does the aviation industry shape the lives of Kansans? This presentation explores the his­tory of Kansas aviation, from the world’s first aircraft factory in Freedom to Wichita’s historic rise to become Air Capital City. Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Part of programming for Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation.

Who speaks for the experiences of a generation and their impact on the world around them?  What experiences help to create a sense of shared identity?

Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation, a new exhibition opening this week at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, explores the life arc 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 gathered by the Minnesota Historical Society 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 a wholeness to our understanding of them 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.

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. The exhibit was originally developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This exhibit was adapted and is toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road. NEH on the Road offers an exciting opportunity for communities of all sizes to experience some of the best exhibitions funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Mid-America Arts Alliance was founded in 1972 and is the oldest regional nonprofit arts organization in the United States. For more information, visit www.maaa.org or www.nehontheroad.org.

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