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America on the Move
Collection Exhibition Themes
Transportation in America before 1876 Community Dreams: Santa Cruz, California, 1876 Delivering the Goods: Watsonville, California, 1895 A Streetcar City: Washington, D.C., 1900 Transforming the Waterfront: San Francisco and Oakland, California, 1960-1970 On the Interstate: I-10, 1956-1990 City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s Suburban Strip: Sandy Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, 1949 On the School Bus: Martinsburg, Indiana, 1939 Family Camping: York Beach, Maine, 1930s Roadside Communities: Ring's Rest, Muirkirk, Maryland, 1930s The People's Highway: Route 66, 1930s-1940s Lives on the Railroad: Salisbury, North Carolina, 1927 Americans Adopt the Auto Crossing the Country: Somewhere in Wyoming, 1903 The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s People on the Move Manufacturing Success Fusion Food LA People Introduction L.A., Global City
Going Global



Los Angeles, 2000

The strains of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ozomatli, and Jurassic 5 and the voices of LA residents create the ambience of the final section of the show. With multiple video screens, music, voices, and a large satellite image of Los Angeles, a mix of sounds and images puts you at the center of this vibrant international city.

View from the exhibition
View from the exhibition


Living in Fast Times

At the end of the 20th century, many people thought the world was interconnected as never before. Fast and inexpensive shipping, near-instantaneous communication, the spread of multinational corporations, and the mass migration of people looking for work and opportunity fueled a global sensibility. Changes in transportation helped alter the way people did business, the things they consumed, and how they lived.


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