Two floors of exhibits provide visitors of every age with an entertaining learning experience.
Coming in 2015 is
For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil RightsApril 6 - May 25 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America fro the late 1940s to the mid-1970s.
Coming in 2016 February 20 through May 1 from the Smithsonian is
Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project
Images of everyday life in 1970s America: disco dancing and inflation, protests and bell-bottoms, gas shortages and suburban sprawl. At a time when the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal wore on the national psyche, a burgeoning movement to protect our natural environment was gaining force.
About 70 photographers, including Flip Schulke, John Corn, Danny Lyon, John H. White, and Lyntha Scott Eiler completed 115 separate assignments between 1972 and 1977. What emerged was a moving and textured portrait of America. Capturing a rapidly changing society with surprising resonances to the present, Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project presents a sampling of images culled from a trove of thousands.
The exhibition’s three sections are named after popular songs of the time. “Ball of Confusion” documents the tumultuous environmental, political, and social reality of the 1970s. The energy crises, slow economic growth, and high unemployment were themes pursued by many of the photographers. They brought issues such as the future of cities, gender equality, abortion, and gay rights into crisp focus.
“Everybody Is a Star” showcases vibrant and diverse examples of self-expression – bell-bottoms, bare midriffs, mini dresses, and bright colors – all were in stark contrast to the buttoned-up fashions and accompanying societal norms of the 1950s and early 60s. The ethos of the 1970s was “do your own thing.” Some of the DOCUMERICA photographers were drawn to subjects, which emphasized growing appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity.
Also on exhibit will be the Anniversary of Bernick's Pepsi
Power On the Prairie Before rural residents had access to electricity, the countryside was lit up in the evenings by millions of stars in the sky, maybe the moon, and a few flickers of light from lanterns and lamps. After electricity, the countryside glowed with millions of electric lights turned on by the flick of a switch on farms all over the countryside, and the sounds of laughing children playing under the yard light accompanied the power of the industrial revolution moving into Stearns County.
Sam Pandolfo and the Pan Motor Company The Pan Motor Company is as legendary in St. Cloud as is its owner Sam Pandolfo. For a brief 3 years from 1917 to 1920, a major manufacturing plant and company town exisited in the area. See one of the Pan cars and learn of Sam Pandolfo, his rise to fame, and his fall to prison.
Flowing Through Time Investigate the natural world and explore the impact of water use as Stearns County was settled and grew to be the vibrant community of today.
On Solid Ground The granite industry has had great impact on the development of the area. Buildings from all over the U.S. have Stearns County granite on their facade and in their hallways.
Artifind Love the children's books I Spy? Then you will love Artifind. There are 5 settings with rhymes and things to find.
Memories in Miniature People make and collect miniatures for many reasons. Some preserve memories of family and community by carving wood. Some make models to honor a time, a place, or people in the past. Some even use them to imagine what might have been. From Willard Gerhenbeck’s circus, to Clifford Balder’s model of a Church; and the U-control planes designed, built and flown by Robert Green, father of community leader Les Green; , visitors will be amazed by the craftsmenship and detail of this art form.
For exhibit hours check out the website: www.stearns-musuem.org or call 320-253-8424.
Motor coach groups are welcome. To make a complete day trip contact Jean at 800-264-2940, ext 129 or email@example.com.