Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation

Our Lives, Our Stories 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 a wholeness to these histories, to listen to our elders along the entire arc of their lives.

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Availability

Our Lives, Our Stories toured November 2010 through October 2015.

This exhibition has completed its tour and is no longer in circulation. This page is for archival reference only.

  • November 10, 2010–March 16, 2011 Park City Museum
    Park City, UT
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2011 William F. Laman Public Library
    North Little Rock, AR
    booked
  • June 16–August 11, 2011 Idaho State History Museum
    Boise, ID
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2012 Tulsa Air and Space Museum
    Tulsa, OK
    booked
  • November 10, 2012–January 7, 2013 Charlotte Museum of History
    Charlotte, NC
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2012 Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Society
    Wichita, KS
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2012 Fort Caspar Museum
    Fort Casper, WY
    booked
  • June 16–August 11, 2012 National Churchill Museum
    Fulton, MO
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2012 ITOW Veterans Museum
    Perham, MN
    booked
  • November 10, 2012–January 7, 2013 West Baton Rouge Museum
    Port Allen, LA
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2013 TT Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum
    Pensacola, FL
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2013 Refurbishment
    Kansas City, MO
    booked
  • June 16–August 11, 2013 Willa Cather Foundation
    Red Cloud, NE
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2013 Elmhurst Historical Museum
    Elmhurst, IL
    booked
  • November 10, 2013–January 7, 2014 Brown County Historical Society
    Hiawatha, KS
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2014 William D. Cannon Art Gallery
    Carlsbad, CA
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2014 Ypsilanti District Library
    Ypsilanti, MI
    booked
  • June 16–August 11, 2014 Bell County Museum
    Belton, TX
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2014 Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives
    Excelsior Springs, MO
    booked
  • November 10, 2014–January 7, 2015 Brigham City Museum
    Brigham City, UT
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2015 Cross Timbers Fine Arts Center
    Stephenville, TX
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2015 Silent Wings Museum
    Lubbock, TX
    booked
  • June 16–August 11, 2015 Upcountry History Museum
    Greenville, SC
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2015 Marion County Public Library
    Fairmont, WV
    booked

Exhibition Details & Specifications

  • Curated By

    Brian Horrigan, Project Curator, Greatest Generation project, Minnesota History Center/Minnesota Historical Society

  • Organized By

    Minnesota History Center/Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
  • Content

  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Rental Fee

  • Grant

    $1000

  • Support

  • Shipping:

    The maximum out of pocket shipping expense is $1,000. Exhibitor will coordinate with the ExhibitsUSA registrar for all outgoing common carrier transportation arrangements.

  • Security

    Limited

  • Square Feet

    1700–2000

  • Number of Crates/Total Weight

    14/4,175 pounds

  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.