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"Vacationland: Broward County's Freaky, Funky, Mid-century Tourist Boom"
DATE: November 14, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

Vacationland: Broward County's Freaky, Funky, Mid-century Tourist Boom exhibit will be on display until January 30, 2018, at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the 6th floor of the Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

World War II transformed the Broward County landscape when thousands of military personnel who trained in Florida returned, some to settle down and others for a family holiday. This exhibit explores a post-war era of proliferating tourist attractions and displays both the kitschy and glamorous aspects of mid-century American culture, dating from the end of WWII in 1945 to 1971. The brightly colored local souvenirs, maps, artwork and memorabilia on display document the family road trip of midcentury America, from the motel, to the theme park, to the journey's end.

In conjunction with the exhibit, local historian Sylvia Gurinsky will present "Roadside Broward: Up the River, Down the Water Slide, and Everything in Between" at the Bienes Museum on December 6th from 6:30 to 7:30PM. It further explores the history of Florida as a mid-century vacation destination and includes archival film footage from the Florida Moving Image Archives. "Roadside Broward" is a co-presentation of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College, Broward County Historical Archives and the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book.

The exhibit and the "Roadside Broward" presentation are free and open to the public.

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