America emerged from the Second World War with all the swagger of a new superpower that had just beaten fascism and was making the world safe for democracy. The postwar boom propelled unparalleled economic growth towards a bright and shiny future of atomic power and gleaming appliances. Changes that began in the prewar period—the rise of the suburbs, processed foods in supermarkets, super highways and automobile culture, rock n’ roll, expanding roles for women—accelerated in the transformation of midcentury American culture. Not that it was all a brave new world. One’s share of the prosperity was often limited by race, gender, and orientation. The stage was set in the 1950s for many of the social changes considered iconic to the ‘60s.
New Jersey was both a reflection and source of many of the transformations of the 1950s. Did you know rock ‘n roll was born in Wildwood? Or that ShopRite Supermarkets got their start in Newark? How about how an experience in Maple Shade tavern shaped the future of a young seminary student boarding in Camden named Martin Luther King, Jr.? All this and much more are explored in the new exhibit "Mid-Century New Jersey: The Garden State in the 1950s" opening March 31, 2019 at the Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway, NJ.
Come join us for an opening reception Sunday, March 31st, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. The Low House is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854. The exhibition will be open through June 2020.
Middlesex County Office of Arts and History
Division of Historic Sites and Services