Get Out! A History of the Parks and Recreating Movement
On view February 14 through July 7, 2017
This exhibit looks at the changes brought about by labor practices established in the early 20th century that set the stage for the working class to enjoy leisure activities. Informed by the Progressive and Conservation Movements, ideas of self-improvement, both physically and spiritual, gave rise to constructive ways to spend one’s time. Inventions like the bicycle, and new sports clubs offered new possibilities to socialize while improving one’s health. The establishment of the National Park Service in 1916 fostered interest in nature. Local parks and outdoor amusement venues were quick to follow and were destinations to explore using the newly available automobile.