Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Past Visions of the American Future

What is it about the future that encourages us to dream? We envision time-saving devices, houses built in space, and cars that fly. We imagine strange creatures living on other planets and fear the destruction of our own. All of these visions tell us something about our yesterdays-tomorrowscommunities and ourselves.

Yesterday’s Tomorrows, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, toured Kansas in 2002. The exhibit presented an historical overview of what Americans thought the future would look like, beginning in 1900 and continuing through the late 20th century. It featured images of robots, flying machines, and a 1950s living room that could be cleaned with a garden hose! The exhibit challenged Kansans to examine how the idea of progress toward “the future” affects their values, attitudes, and public issues.

More than 30,000 visitors toured the national exhibit, viewed the local displays, and attended public events.

 

 

 

 

                                                                             Yesterday’s Tomorrows Host
Newton
Harvey County Historical Society Library & Museum
316/283-2221

Liberal
Seward County Historical Museum
620/624-7624

Burlington
The Coffey County Historical Museum
620/364-2653

Lucas
Grassroots Art Center
620/364-2653Coffeyville
Coffeyville Center for the Arts
620/251-0088

Atchison
Atchison County Historical Society Museum
913/367-6238

 


2002:  Exclusive Kansas tour sponsored by KHC with generous support from:

• Wichita Greyhound Charities, Inc.
• Garvey Foundation
• Reid Foundation
• Wolf Creek Nuclear Corporation