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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Latest Museum Exhibit to Explore Atomic Age

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is host to a new exhibit Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965, which will be on display December 2, 2016 through January 21, 2017. The exhibit explores the ways in which Americans experienced the Atomic threat as part of their daily lives—at school, in the home, and even at play. The show features more than 75 original objects from the era, as well as large-scale graphics, radio broadcasts, and film. Visitors will experience how Americans were flooded with messaging through images and media that depicted the dangers of atomic energy. Although the threat of atomic annihilation eventually drifted to the background of American consciousness in the late 1960s, the Atomic Age left a legacy of governmental response and civic infrastructure that remains relevant today.


“Many of our visitors remember growing up and living with the looming threat of atomic war as part of every-day life,” said Museum Director, Stephanie Long. “Many of the images and objects in this exhibit are poignant reminders of that period, especially for our baby-boomer audience.”


Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow can be viewed with regular admission to the museum, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is located at 315 W. Avenue B in downtown Temple. Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow is part of the regular schedule of changing exhibits at the museum.


Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow is curated by Michael Scheibach, an independent collector in Independence, MO, and Leslie Przybylek, Curator of Humanities Exhibitions at Mid-America Arts Alliance. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at www.maaa.org and www.eusa.org.


For additional information about this special exhibit or other upcoming exhibits at the Museum, please call 254.298.5172.

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