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"Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation" On Exhibit Jan. 26-March 16 Carlsbad's William D. Cannon Art Gallery

"Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation," a new exhibition at the City of Carlsbad's William D. Cannon Art Gallery, explores the life arc of the World War II generation-as told in their own words.

courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
"Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation," a new exhibition open Jan. 26 through March 16 at the City of Carlsbad's William D. Cannon Art Gallery, explores the life arc of the World War II generation-as told in their own words.

Born in the 1910s and 1920s, these people were decisively shaped by the Depression and World War II. They went on to make the "baby boom" and shape the economic boom of the postwar era. Today - well into the 21st century - we are all living with their legacy. But who are these people upon whom the title of "greatest" has been bestowed?

Our Lives, Our Stories draws on memories and oral histories gathered by the Minnesota Historical Society to help us understand who these people really were. The exhibition begins with the babies of the 1910s and 1920s, and then explores the human impact of events that marked major turning points in their lives, including the Depression, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, World War II, the rising awareness of Civil Rights, and the growth of media-driven consumer culture during the post-war boom.

Exhibited for seven weeks, Our Lives, Our Stories features many complementing programs by Cultural Arts, Library Programs, and several community partners. By attending them, visitors can live through 40 history-making, world-changing years.

The gallery is located at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, 92011 (just off El Camino Real) and is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. For information on all Gallery programs, contact the William D. Cannon Gallery 760-602-2021 or visit the City of Carlsbad website, www.carlsbadca.gov/arts.

–City of Carlsbad 

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