Opening reception for 'Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation' set for Nov. 4

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The West Baton Rouge Museum announces the opening of the exhibit "Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation" that runs Nov. 4-Jan. 7, 2013. The exhibit explores the life arc of the World War II generation. Born in the 1910s and 1920s, this generation was decisively shaped by the Depression and WWII. Many were thrust from their teens spent in soda fountains and dance halls straight into war. They went on to spur the "baby boom" and early Civil Rights activities. Today we are living with their legacy, the people upon who the title of "greatest" has been bestowed.

On Nov. 4, the exhibit's opening day, the museum will host a free open house and reception starting at 11:30 a.m. with WWII era costumed docents from 11:30-1:30 prior to the annual West Baton Rouge Veteran's On Parade. Visitors to the museum can also enjoy soda fountain style ice cream floats sponsored by Kleinpeter Dairy and Coca Cola, watch WWII era movies, and listen to period music. The parade will roll past the museum shortly after 1:30. We invite all visitors to celebrate the lives of the Greatest Generation by viewing the exhibit, enjoying an ice cream float, then stay to show your support for the brave men and women veterans who are riding in the parade.

Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation has been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was adapted and is toured nationally by Mid-America Arts Alliance. In Louisiana, you can only see this exhibit at the West Baton Rouge Museum.

The West Baton Rouge Museum is located on 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen, just minutes from downtown Baton Rouge. For more information please visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call (225) 336-2422 x 15.