The Group Travel Leader

MAY 2017

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1 5 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E OPPOSITE PAGE TOP: AN APOLLO CAPSULE ON DISPLAY AT SPACE CENTER HOUSTON FROM THE 1960S OPPOSITE PAGE BOTTOM: WALT DISNEY SHOWS OFF MODELS OF HIS DISNEYLAND RESORT IN THE 1950S. A T R AV E L E R ' S G U I D E T O T H E 2 0 T H C E N T U R Y ' S L A T T E R H A L F T H E 195 0 s : AGE OF AMERICANA The heyday of muscle cars, the zenith of postwar prosperity and the dawn of the television age make the 1950s an iconic period in American history. And the seeds of some coming cultural movements were planted in this period as well. HISTORIC HAPPENINGS: Though we remember the 1960s as the era of civil rights, one of the seminal steps in that movement took place in 1954 when the Supreme Court struck down school segregation in the landmark case Brown vs. Board of Education. Today, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas, preserves the elementary school at the heart of that case and is filled with displays and media educating visitors on the ruling and its role in the greater civil rights movement. PRESIDENTS AND POLITICS: Dwight Eisenhower, a triumphant World War II general, served as presi- dent throughout most of the 1950s and presided over an era of wealth and infrastructure expansion. Groups can relive Ike's successes and learn more about his personal life by visiting the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas. ARCHITECTURAL ACHIEVEMENT: Though Frank Lloyd Wright had been a famous architect for decades, his design for the Guggenheim Museum in New York wowed the nation when the building was com- pleted in 1959. Critics called it "the most beautiful building in America," and it continues to serve as a symbol of Wright's genius and the height of midcen- tury American architecture. POP PHENOMENON: Movie tycoon Walt Disney made a splash in entertainment and travel when he opened the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, in the summer of 1955. And though the park has grown and changed quite a bit since then, visitors can enjoy some of the spirit of the '50s with original rides and attractions such as Main Street USA, the Jungle Cruise and the Mark Twain Riverboat. T H E 19 6 0 s : WINDS OF CHANGE As baby boomers began to come of age in the 1960s, they ushered in sweeping cultural, political and societal changes that would shape America for decades to come. And some of the pivotal events of this time still resonate in the memories of those who lived through them. HISTORIC HAPPENINGS: Though there was plenty of controversy in the 1960s, America came together and rallied around the Apollo missions that put men on the moon for the first time in history. Today's travelers can see the Historic Mission Control Room, where the Apollo missions were run, as well as numerous other space-age artifacts, on a tour of Space Center Houston in Texas. Courtesy NPS By David M. Heald, courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Courtesy Disneyland Resort Courtesy Air Force Academy BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE DISNEYLAND OPENING AIR FORCE ACADEMY CHAPEL GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM Artwork by David Brown

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