Mostly Cloudy   68.0F  |  Forecast »

The Roaring '20s Exhibit at Lorenzo Cultural Center

Visit an era of Model Ts, women's rights and modernism at this Clinton Township show, subtitled from 'From Riches to Rags,' on display Feb. 22-May 4, 2014.

City living, organized crime and the "new woman": They're but a handful of hallmarks of the 1920s. And, for a metro Detroit-style view of this Great Gatsby decade, new exhibit The Roaring Twenties: From Riches to Rags, at the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township Feb. 22-May 4, 2014, offers a perfect lens – plus some cool historic stuff and events for families to check out.

The exhibit is filled with photos, timelines, images and items capturing this pivotal "modern" era. That includes three Ford-flavored old autos: a 1921 Model T, 1931 Model A Ford Deluxe Roadster and '20s fire engine built on the T's frame. Prohibition gets its due, too, in a "speakeasy room" featuring both artifacts and info on Detroit's notorious bootlegging Purple Gang mob.

Also, scope out Art Deco fashion, women's leap into voting and the white-collar workforce, and the birth of "mass culture" (radios and movie theaters got hugely popular) – all put in context of social issues like segregation and Prohibition.

Beyond displays, there's a chance to experience some '20s pop culture. That includes a big band show by the Hotel Savarine Society Orchestra on March 15. There's also a Real to Reel film series that features 1932 flick Scarface on Feb. 27, silent 1927 film Wings on April 3, and the movie M from 1931 on May 1. Nearly 40 total events are scheduled, including a variety of presenters that may appeal more to history-buff parents. All live attractions are free, but pre-registration is required!

Other displays spotlight women in Pond's beauty ads, as well as Idlewilde – northwest Michigan's vacation resort that welcomed African-Americans before the pre-civil rights movement.

Exhibit objects and info visit the Lorenzo from local museums like the Detroit Historical Museum, Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens in Rochester and the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores

The exhibit is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Times for specific events vary; check ahead for details. Entry is free!

Find basic details about The Roaring Twenties: From Riches to Rags, the winter/spring 2014 exhibit at Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township, in the Metro Parent calendar listing.

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Beach Towel and Picnic Blanket Caddy Craft

Beach Towel and Picnic Blanket Caddy Craft

Looking for an easy, compact way to tote those summer necessities? You're in luck! This simple sewing project makes carting your fabric accessories a breeze.

Socialite Returns Adopted Child to Orphanage for Crying

Socialite Returns Adopted Child to Orphanage for Crying

After only one night in, Romanian socialite Monica Gabor took her adopted son back to the orphanage because the child was too distressed.

Medication Mistakes Common and Dangerous, New Study Finds

Medication Mistakes Common and Dangerous, New Study Finds

Recent findings published in Pediatrics show that nearly 40 percent of parents make measuring errors for their kid's medicine. Why is this happening and what can you do to prevent it?

Craft Roundup: Fun Summer Projects for Kids

Craft Roundup: Fun Summer Projects for Kids

Beat vacation boredom with these four cool ideas from blogs, including Popsicle holders, printable sewing cards, jellyfish handprint bookmarks and more.

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Interested in Cooking

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Interested in Cooking

From picking out ingredients to concocting their own culinary creations, here are a few ways to encourage your children to help out in the kitchen.

Family Picnic Recipes and Ideas

Family Picnic Recipes and Ideas

Head to the park or on a hike and make the great outdoors your dinner spot. Here are six ideas to help you plan your meal – from drink to dessert.

Book Review: Three Fun Summer Craft Reads for the Family

Book Review: Three Fun Summer Craft Reads for the Family

Want a few simple, fun sewing ideas for the kids, projects to brighten up their rooms or maybe just tips for DIY tinkering? These authors have you covered.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement