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Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation

Start Date: April 14, 2015, 10:00 AM
End Date: May 24, 2015, 5:00 PM
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The Silent Wings Museum is excited to present its new exhibition Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation. This exhibition explores the life arc of a single generation—the stories of their lives, told in their words—from birth to old age.

Born in the 1910s and 1920s, this generation of people was decisively shaped by their experiences during the Depression and World War II. They went on to make the “baby boom” and shape the economic boom of the postwar era, and to become some of the twentieth century’s most influential figures. Today—well into the 21st century—we are all living with their legacy. This exhibition from the Minnesota Historical Society draws on the stories and memories gathered together to help us begin to understand not only who they were, but who we are.

World War II has never been far from the center of American popular memory—in books, movies, television, museums, and memorials. But in the last decade, attention has shifted from the events and the outsized personalities of the war to the men and women who were on the war’s front lines, at home and abroad, ordinary people who made an extraordinary difference. The focus on the war—which for Americans lasted less than four years—has led us, perhaps, to overlook the experiences of lifetimes. This exhibition seeks to restore wholeness to these histories, to listen to our elders over the entire extent of their lives. 

The Silent Wings Museum honors the great sacrifices given by the Allied forces on D-Day and commemorates our country’s veterans on Veterans Day. All visitors are welcomed with free admission to the museum and scheduled activities. Mark your calendars and join us this year for the D-Day Anniversary and Veterans Day events! For more information on an event or to book your special event at Silent Wings Museum please contact us at (806) 775-3331 or email info@silentwingsmuseum.com.
                              

Blue Star Museum

Start Date: May 25, 2014, 7:00 PM
End Date: September 01, 2014, 6:59 PM

Today the City of Lubbock Municipal Museums announces the launch of Blue Star Museums.  This is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.  The Silent Wings Museum and Buddy Holly Center are proud to participate in this program. Families can visit www.silentwingsmuseum.com and www.buddyhollycenter.org for museum hours. The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov.

“America’s museums are proud to join the rest of the country in thanking our military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman. “I cannot imagine a better way to do that than welcoming them in to explore and enjoy the extraordinary cultural heritage our museums present.  The works of art on view this summer will inspire and challenge viewers, and sometimes they will just be a great deal of fun.”

“There have always been wonderful examples of partnerships between museums and military installations, but the scale of this gift from the museum communities to military families is thrilling,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet.  “Military families work hard for this country, and it is gratifying for us to be recognized for that.  We anticipate that thousands of military families will participate in the program and visit museums this summer – many of them for the first time.  Blue Star Families will work hard to help our military families make the most of these opportunities.”