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New Exhibit Looks at Fun Times Between the World Wars

A new exhibit opens February 1, 2018, at the Wood County Historical Museum to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI: The Return to Normalcy:  A Life of Leisure in Wood County, 1920-1939.

The exhibit runs concurrent with the museum’s WWI exhibit, Over There! Send Word, the Wood County Boys are Coming, a look at Wood County’s role in WWI. The WWI exhibit opened in 2017 to honor the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, and both exhibits will remain on display until December 1, 2018 to commemorate the end of WWI.

Leisure Time will feature artifacts from the Wood County Historical Society Collection, supplemented with items and sound clips from Bowling Green State University’s Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies, Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives, and Center For Archival Collections.

According to Museum Curator Holly Hartlerode, the exhibit was inspired by Warren G. Harding’s 1920 presidential campaign platform “The Return to Normalcy” and will show first hand examples about how the local community adapted to life after World War I.  Improvements to and mass production of the automobile, movie and personal film cameras, and the affordability of radios influenced how people dressed, places they visited, and how they chose to spend leisure time at home and with other people in the community.

Additional programming will take place throughout the year to enhance the Leisure Time themes. A monthly tea & talk series April – December will feature guest speakers on 1920s & 30s-era topics such as fashion, literature, music, party games, and advertising. Visitors can interact with costumed interpreters immersed in 1920s picnic culture as part of a Demonstration Day on June 9. The popular Holiday Gala on December 1 will also embrace the roaring 1920s.

The Wood County Historical Museum and County Home Gift Shop, located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green, are open for self-guided tours Monday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends 1-4 PM (closed on County Holidays). Admission to the museum is $5 per adult, $1 per child age 10 and under, and free for Wood County Historical Society members. Group tours are welcome and the museum is handicap accessible. All events detailed at www.woodcountyhistory.org

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