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The Long Island Museum Presents
Long Island, America’s 1950s Frontier

July 20 through December 30, 2012

Opening July 20th, Long Island, America’s 1950s Frontier will speed visitors back to this region’s most important postwar decade. 

In the 1950s, Long Island led the country in population growth, thanks to trend-setting suburbs like Levittown and new ribbons of highway.  Long Island was also a microcosm of America in these years, experiencing change on every front, from Civil Rights to teenage rebellion.

Long Island, America’s 1950s Frontier will feature compelling artifacts, photographs, and video oral histories.  A fashion gallery will display trendy 1950s clothing.  Other special artifacts include a working jukebox, a hat worn by famous developer Robert Moses, and popular toys from the era, like a Red Ryder BB gun.

The exhibition will transport viewers to a time brimming with optimism, with difficulties just below the surface.  It was a moment when Long Island was at the forefront of where the nation was – and where it was headed.

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from The Coby Foundation, Ltd.



Funding provided in part by:
the Coby Foundation Cullen & Dykman
The Good Steer Braken Margolin Besunder LLP
The Bristol Assisted Living

The Long Island Museum’s President’s Council

Mrs. Philip Hulitar

Suffolk County

Media Sponsor:
Times Beacon Record


Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate, dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection.  The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday from noon to 5.  Regular admission is $10 per person, $7 for seniors and $5 for students ages six to 17.  Children under six and museum members are free.

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