November 11 (Sunday) 11:00 am - January 27 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098
The November 11, 2018-January 27, 2019 exhibition Radio Age will highlight one of the key inventions of the 20th century—an invention that revolutionized the
The November 11, 2018-January 27, 2019 exhibition Radio Age will highlight one of the key inventions of the 20th century—an invention that revolutionized the way people experience life.
With the coming of commercial broadcast radio in the 1920s, radio sets became a fixture in homes in Evansville and across the country. Radios produced by companies such as Atwater-Kent, RCA Victor, Zenith, and Westinghouse became common place as families gathered around them to experience the latest news, sports, and entertainment. As radios became one of the most important parts of an American home, companies continually appealed to consumers through improved technology and innovative styling.
In this exhibition, radio sets from various eras will illustrate these developments as well as their impact on society.
The exhibition will explore how radio led to the greater homogenization of society as people shared common experiences from coast to coast. This occurred as radio networks broadcast popular shows, sporting events, and news to audiences across the country. Shows such as Little Orphan Annie became popular throughout the nation and Orson Welles frightened a number of Americans with the famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938.
Through vintage radios, imagery and other artifacts, Radio Age will provide a nostalgic look at an interesting segment of history.