Wednesday, August 25, 2010

“Take Me Back to the 1950s”

Photo credit: Wellington County Museum and Archives

An upcoming exhibition at Wellington County Museum & Archives

Exhibition: September 11, 2010 – March 20, 2011

Remember the 1950s and explore a decade best remembered for post-war affluence, baby booms and the discovery of the teenager. For the first time in years, Canadians were ready to build, expand and spend. Opening September 11 at the Wellington County Museum & Archives, this major exhibit, “Take Me Back to the 1950s,” features national trends and innovations as they influenced rural and small town county life.

From the cautious and thrifty post-war years emerged a decade marked by technological innovations and affluent consumerism. New markets opened up to meet the needs of the population boom, suburban life and the teenager. While much of rural life in Wellington County remained centred on church and community activities, the introduction of television brought innovations into the home that changed how we thought, dressed, dined and entertained.

One of the exciting displays in this major exhibit is its extraordinary collection of televisions and radios from the 1950s. Displays of kitchen appliances, furniture, clothing, toys and local art provide insights into changing lifestyles and attitudes of the post-war years.

For more information please visit their website at or phone 519-846-0916.

The exhibit is on display until March 20, 2011.

Wellington County Museum & Archives is located on Wellington Road #18 between Fergus & Elora and it is opened weekdays - 9:30am to 4:30pm and weekends & holidays - 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

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