McCook will host "The Fifties in Focus" July 28-30, 2022!
Chautauqua is a unique opportunity for communities to explore key time periods of history and culture that still affect our lives today.
"The Fifties in Focus" • McCook • July 29 & 30, 2022
Remember the 1950s? It was a decade that is often looked at with a sense of nostalgia and romanticism. But the 50s was also a time of sweeping change that can now be revisited with a more objective eye. Television, hot rods and rock-and-roll changed the way we spent our our free time. However, it wasn’t all idylic.
The Cold War tensions continued to escalate with the Korean War and flare-ups around the world. Superpowers competed in an unprecedented space race. The U.S. experienced a baby boom that strained domestic resources. Meanwhile, women and minorities navigated an unfriendly labor market, and the Civil Rights movement began to solidify. McCarthyism compromised families, friendships and working relationships.
July 28-30 - McCook
- Family friendly
- Multiple opportunities to explore the 1950s
- Interact with experts, family members, neighbors, and friends
- Free for everyone!
Humanities Nebraska presented this new style of Chautauqua to give participants multiple opportunities to explore the social, economic, political, and international changes of the 1950s. There was a variety of activities and events for Nebraskans of all ages to enjoy, led by various experts and scholars.
What is Chautauqua?
The 2022 Nebraska Chautauqua is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities special initiative, "A More Perfect Union."
“A More Perfect Union” was created to advance civic education and commemorate the nation’s 250th Anniversary with a goal of helping American’s better understand the world’s oldest constitutional democracy and how our founding ideals are met in a pluralistic society.
Humanities Nebraska thanks the following generous sponsors for making "The Fifties in Focus" possible in McCook!
- Printable Schedule 2022 (Updated 7/13/22)
- 2022 Program (PDF)
- “The Fight for Civil Rights”
Online discussion with Chautauqua Scholars Dr. Lenneal Henderson (Thurgood Marshall) and Becky Stone (Rosa Parks)
- “Perceptions of President Eisenhower and Politics in the 1950s”
Jim Newton describes how perceptions have changed about President Eisenhower as a key figure in the 1950s.
- DIY 1950s Film Festival
Enjoy these movies from the 1950s in the comfort of your own home!
- 1950s Reading List
Start reading about the era now – we have a wide selection of titles to choose from.
- DIY 1950s Feasts
Choose from our menus to create your own fun feast at home.
- 1950s Fashion
Explore our gallery and plan your own outfit to wear to “The Fifties in Focus” Friday evening reception!
- DIY 1950s Fitness
Develop your own fitness routine using popular ways to stay fit from the 1950s.