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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.
                              

Monday Matinee

Start Date: June 01, 2014, 7:00 PM
End Date: August 25, 2014, 6:59 PM

The Silent Wings Museum will present Monday Matinees every Monday from June 2 through August 25, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the Silent Wings Museum Theater.

After the Japanese attack on the American naval fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the U.S. was thrust into World War II from that day, until the Fall of 1945, and everyday life across the country was dramatically altered. Food, gas and clothing were rationed. Communities conducted scrap metal drives. Women found employment as electricians, welders and riveters in defense plants to help build armaments necessary to win the war. People in the U.S. grew increasingly dependent on radio reports for news of the fighting overseas and popular entertainment was viewed as an escapist outlet that allowed Americans brief respites from war worries.

Throughout World War II, American moviegoers were treated to a steady stream of war-related programming. The movie-going experience included a newsreel, which lasted approximately 10 minutes, and was loaded with images and accounts of recent battles, followed by an animated cartoon. While many of these cartoons were entertainingly escapist, some comically caricatured the enemy. Among these titles were “Der Fuehrer’s Face” (1943) starring Donald Duck, “Confessions of a Nutsy Spy” (1943) with Bugs Bunny and “Daffy the Commando” (1943) with Daffy Duck. As for the main program, movie theaters showed non-war-related dramas, comedies, mysteries and Westerns; however, a significant segment of feature films dealt directly with the war (History.com).

For the Matinee, the Silent Wings Museum will be showing a series of cartoon shorts that were shown during World War II. Following the movie patrons are encouraged to stay for a post-matinee discussion about life on the home front during the war and take a guided tour of the Combat Gallery and the Interactive Space set up to resemble a WWII war zone. There will also be an educational children’s activity station available. Regular admission rates apply:

General Admission: $5.00
Senior Citizens (60+): $3.00
Children 7 - 17: $2.00
Students (with college ID): $2.00
Children 6 and Under: FREE
Museum Members: FREE
Active Duty Military (in uniform): FREE

Groups of 10 or more please call (806) 775-3331

Monday Matinees

Museum Hours for Monday Matinees: Mondays, June 2 – August 25, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

1:00pm                Doors Open

1:30pm                Matinee

2:15pm                Q&A and Guided Tour

2:45pm                Educational Children’s Activity

3:30pm                Museum Closes