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Current Exhibit- Our Lives, Our Stories

Current Exhibit- Our Lives, Our Stories

Marine Ricky Sorenson at the Soda Fountain after coming home from war
Friday, June 14, 2013

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 month at the Red Cloud Opera House, 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?

On Display June 15 Through August 11

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 people to tell their stories along the larger arc of their lives. In the process, their diversity of memories reveals a complex mix of real people who truly helped shape the world we live in today.

In conjunction with the Our Lives, Our Stories exhibit, the Red Cloud Opera House will host a 1940s Movie Matinee, on Saturday, July 13. The feature film will be From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, and Donna Reed, preceded by cartoons and MovieTone News. Black cows and brown cows (chocolate or vanilla root beer floats) will also be served, for a 1940s price of 25¢. Ice cream will be served at 2pm; matinee starts at 3pm.

Also on July 13, Omaha Big Band will bring their high-energy stage show to the Red Cloud Opera House, performing swing and jazz classics. The show begins at 7pm, and tickets are available online or by calling the Red Cloud Opera House, at 402-746-2641402-746-2641.

On Sunday, July 21, American music historian Michael Lasser presents "'All the Old Familiar Places': Love Songs of the Depression," following screenings of two New Deal documentaries by Pare Lorentz-"The Plow that Broke the Plains," and "The River." The afternoon's program begins at 3pm.

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. Originally developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the exhibition 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.

This exhibit and the supplementary humanities programs and arts events are made possible through the support of the Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Arts Council, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Created in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Nebraska (HN) is an independent, non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. Humanities Nebraska funds programs that explore Nebraska's heritage, build community awareness, and strengthen our ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad. The Nebraska Arts Council grants monetary resources to Nebraska's nonprofit organizations for arts projects and programs in communities throughout the state. This financial support is made possible by funds appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, through competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency, and funds from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE).

Don't miss the following programs that will occur in conjunction with the exhibit:


Saturday, July 13
2:00 pm:
Black cows and brown cows (chocolate or vanilla root beer floats) will be served, for a 1940s price of 25¢
3:00 pm:
1940s Movie Matinee, with feature film From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, and Donna Reed, preceded by cartoons and MovieTone News - FREE
7:00 pm:
Omaha Big Band Concert - $20

Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 pm: American music historian Michael Lasser presents "'All the Old Familiar Places': Love Songs of the Depression," following screenings of two New Deal documentaries by Pare Lorentz-"The Plow that Broke the Plains," and "The River." - FREE

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