February 4, 2021 - May 2, 2021
The Rise of Recreation from Fairgrounds to Ballrooms
This exhibition will showcase the development of diversions in industrial society for both the monied and laboring classes. We will look at World’s Fairs and dancehalls and bring out some of our 1880s and 90s scrapbooks and ladies’ fans, as well as novels and travel literature. Explore a variety of themes including urbanization, industrialization, and class, as well as the emergence of activities and customs — like amusement parks — which are still thriving today.
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Opening Reception: Thursday, February 4, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.