Back to the 1950s

It was the era of the be-bop, the sock-hop and bibbity-bopity-boo!

The 1950s were a time of great prosperity in America. New technological advancements were sweeping the country as men were returning from the war to their wives to start families. With the economic boom that followed the war, money was being spent on cars, homes, and everything in-between. Families moved to the suburbs and began living the American dream. Under the perfect façade, unrest was beginning, the Civil Rights movement was gaining traction, the Cold war was on everyone’s minds, and the polio epidemic was reaching its peak. The 1950s were a groundbreaking time for many reasons, and Edmond residents experienced all the energy, wealth and unrest in a way that was uniquely Edmond.  

If you lived through the 1950s, you know it was a vibrant and exciting time. If you didn’t, come see what you missed.  

Exhibit Details:

Back to the 1950s is a year-long exhibit that will change seasonally, with all artifacts being switched out for summer, fall, and winter.

Each season will address new themes:

Summer: movies, TV, weddings, and driving.

Fall: school, sports, politics, and boy/girl scouts.

Winter: Christmas, cooking, Edmond societies, and school activities.

Artifacts include:

  • Satin wedding gown worn by a bride married in Edmond in 1950 (Summer)
  • Boy scout and girl scout memorabilia (Fall)
  • A Christmas tree (Winter)
  • Movie posters used in Edmond movie theaters (Summer)
  • Coca-Cola machine (Summer)
  • Baby basket used at the Edmond hospital above the movie theater (Winter)
  • A Philco/Predicta Television (Summer)

Special thanks to the museums who have loaned artifacts in order to present a full story about Edmond’s 1950s era, including the Oklahoma History Center, University of Central Oklahoma Archives & Special Collections, and the UCO Oklahoma Fashion Museum Collection.

Museum Information: Edmond Historical Society & Museum hours are 10:00-12:00 and 1:30-4:00 Tuesday – Friday, and 9:00-10:00 am for immune compromised guests. Admission is free.