1950s: Building the American Dream

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Beneath the shiny surface of 1950s pop culture, a social pressure cooker rumbled. The Ohio History Center invites you to relive and rethink this defining decade in the most authentic exhibit of its kind--one that challenges who we thought we were, who we are now and who we think we should be, based on the perceived ideals of this complex era. 1950s: Building the American Dream features a real, full-size porcelain-enameled steel Lustron home of the era (made in Columbus), built inside the Ohio History Center museum. From the contents of the closets and cupboards to the news on TV and the toys in the yard, 1950s: Building the American Dream is a fascinating journey back in time--a fun, hands-on experience encouraging you to explore, touch, try and fully immerse yourself in living history.

1950s: Building the American Dream is sponsored in part by The Longaberger Foundation; the Ohio Humanities Council; the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the City of Columbus; the Gordon Chandler Memorial Fund of The Columbus Foundation; Columbus Truck & Equipment, Inc.; Ronald J. Ungvarsky & Susan Tomasky; and an anonymous donor, with promotional support from the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Magazine and Oldies 93.3.