Vacationland: Broward County’s Freaky, Funky, Midcentury Tourist Boom
Vacationland: Broward County’s Freaky, Funky, Midcentury Tourist Boom

NOV 9 thru JAN 30

Vacationland: Broward County’s Freaky, Funky, Midcentury Tourist Boom is a free museum exhibit at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, on the 6th floor of Main Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Vacationland will be on exhibit from November 9, 2017 – January 30, 2018. Journey to Vacationland and discover how World War II helped spawn a new era of freaky and funky tourist attractions and family vacations. The brightly-colored local souvenirs, maps, and artwork on display, dating 1945 to 1971, document everything from the kitschy and tacky to the glitzy and glamorous aspects of mid-century American culture. Vacationland highlights the innovative and hugely influential attractions and accommodations founded in Broward County during the 40s, 50s and 60s. Vacationland is presented by the Broward County Historical Archives and the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book of Broward County Library. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Bienes Museum will host an event on December 6 at 6:30 pm which is free and open to the public. Local historian Sylvia Gurinsky will present “Roadside Broward: Up the River, Down the Water Slide, and Everything in Between,” which includes archival film footage from the Florida Moving Image Archives.


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