BHM spotlights 1950s headlines Wednesday

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Further exploring the 1950s, Bartow History Museum will present "Ripped From the Headlines" Wednesday.

"We plan lectures and programs related to our feature exhibits throughout the year," BHM Director Trey Gaines said. "One of the programming ideas we had for our current exhibit, 'Boom: Bartow in the '50s,' was to highlight the historically rich information found in the local newspapers of the time.

"By pulling out a number of the 1950s headlines and stories printed in the local paper, we can illustrate how Bartow County reacted and responded to local, regional and national events. With the space constraints we have in the exhibit space, this program will allow us to go into more detail about life in the 1950s."

Ongoing from noon to 1 p.m., the Lunch and Learn program will spotlight a variety of notable stories from the featured time period. 

"The newspapers featured in this program are ones preserved in the Bartow History Museum archives," Gaines said. "Our newspaper collection includes local newspapers spanning the 1860s through the 1970s. 

"Sandy Moore, our archives assistant, has pulled together several interesting and important headlines and stories from the time period, such as 'Important Finds at Mounds Made' and 'Mound C Digging Unearths Two Idols,' referring to the finding of two stone images during the excavation of Mound C at the Etowah Indian Mounds in 1954. This finding was referred to as the 'find of the century in America' and 'nothing less than sensational.'"

Opened Oct. 25, 2018, "Boom: Bartow in the '50s" exhibit will close March 30.

"This exhibit shows how the 1950s were a time of change, not only in our community but across the country," Moore said. "The economy had improved, more housing was available, the polio vaccination was in effect and new businesses were opening. These changes were evident by the headlines in the local paper.

"The Lunch and Learn program will bring some of those headlines into focus and give people a chance to visit the exhibit if they haven’t already. The exhibit touches on each of the 'booms' that took place during this time — baby, scientific/technological, economic, housing and cultural. We have represented each of these 'booms' in the exhibit through artifacts from our collection. Everything from a baby scale, to an aluminum Christmas tree with a color wheel, to Elvis is included in the exhibit. A personal favorite is the kitchen vignette displaying the wares you would find in a 1950s kitchen, such as the colorful Pyrex bowls, the Sunbeam Mixmaster and the refrigerator dishes."

Based on the public's input, she shared the featured exhibit has connected favorably with BHM guests.

"Feedback has been great from our visitors and our members," Moore said. "Thank you to those who have taken the time to comment on the exhibit on social media. The 1950s really make people nostalgic.

"We are always hearing our visitors say how they or their family had similar items in their own past. We want this exhibit to not only bring back memories, but remind us of how much progress was made during that decade."

Formed in 1987, the Bartow History Museum has housed its gift shop, multi-purpose room, and permanent and temporary exhibits in the 1869 Courthouse — 4 E. Church St. in Cartersville — since December 2010. Divided into six galleries, the permanent exhibits include “A Sense of Place,” “Bartow Beginnings,” “Community Champions,” “People at Work,” “The Coming War” and “Toward New Horizons.”

Free for Bartow History Museum members, Wednesday's Lunch and Learn program will be included in the cost of admission for nonmembers. For more information about the BHM and its exhibits and programs, call 770-382-3818 or visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.