Currently In The Richmond Gallery
The Virginia and Howard Richmond Gallery offers regularly changing exhibits ranging from stories of the communities that were once part of Ocean Township to interesting aspects of local history. This Gallery is named in honor of Howard (Doc) and Virginia (Ginny) Richmond, for their years of dedication and service to the Museum and its work.
"After World War II: How a War Changed a Nation"
The GI Bill helped veterans returning from the war afford a home. The automobile and expanding highway system gave them the mobility to move outside the city. Techniques for mass-producing houses, pioneered by Levitt & Sons, helped meet the demand. The result was a massive shift from urban to suburban living. Image from the State Museum of Pennsylvania.
Factories quickly retooled and began producing refrigerators, vacuums, and all manner of consumer products. Many of those products went into new homes in the burgeoning suburbs. Levitt & Sons, who had applied Ford’s production-line innovations to home construction, were building up to 36 houses a day and showing others how. Young (white) families were driving their new cars out of the cities to take up residence in housing developments springing up across the country.
Leave It To Beaver (1957-1963) was among a genre of sitcoms (Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, and others) that depicted the post-war feminine ideal. Here June Cleaver, in pearls, shirtwaist and apron are shown in her proper place—the kitchen.
• In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
• In 1948, President Harry Truman ordered the desegregation of the military.
• In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation of public schools—a decision some consider the start of the modern Civil Rights Movement.