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					                                1950’s Museum




Introduction:
The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. has commissioned a new museum, to be dedicated
to the decade of the 1950s. The Smithsonian's board of trustees has solicited several
proposals for the design and content of this museum.

Task:
You are going to submit a design proposal for the Smithsonian's 1950s Museum. Assume
that you have ANY AND ALL items at your disposal to include in the museum.
INCLUDE anything you desire, that is relevant to your exhibition on the 1950s. For
example, you may choose to include one of Elvis Presley’s guitars, a hula-hoop, or an
actual house from a Levitt Town.

Creativity and well conducted research are the essentials to a successful proposal, BE
CREATIVE, USE YOUR IMAGINATION!!!

Process:
       You will need to complete three separate tasks in your creation of your 1950’s
museum proposal. These tasks are outlined below.

A. Written Proposal:
The proposal to be presented to the Smithsonian Board of Trustees should contain 3
elements:

1. A title for your museum

2. A written overview:

         2-3 pages in length, New Times Roman, 12 point font, double spaced. The
overview should explain why you choose your title. It should also provide an overview of
the main topics or "wings" that the museum will be constructed around. It should explain
the purpose of the museum and how that purpose is reflected in the design approach that
you decided upon. The overview should also make mention of the specific items
(artifacts) to be presented and the reasoning behind their selection.

B. Museum Floor Plan:

          An actual floor plan of your museum. Options include: Virtual space
(PowerPoint or Word using the drawing tools), 3D model (diorama), or a large layout
design (construction paper). Use basic shapes to denote exhibits (it is not required that
you include images). The map should use letters or numbers to identify items within the
exhibit and corresponding to the descriptions on the included key.

          A Key (on construction paper): Identifying the specific items on display and
relevant information needed for the average person to appreciate the exhibit. (NOTE:
Explanations of particular items should not be more than 5-6 sentences in length). It
should detail what exhibits are to be presented and where. The "wings" of the museum
should be organized according to the topics for study – 1950’s TV and Music, Teen life
and the Car, Family/Conformity/the suburbs.

See "Wings" for more information

C. Presentation to the Board of Trustees:

           Each proposal will be orally presented to the Smithsonian's Board of Trustees
for their consideration. (The rest of the class will act as the board.) The presentations
must: Be at least 5-6 minutes in length, Include visual elements (overview of floor plan,
photos, etc..). Presentations will be done gallery style. Each person will set up a station
in a part of the room. We will travel from station to station, with classmembers
alternating between presenting and acting as Smithsonian Board Members.


Wings:
          Your museum must consist of 3 wings. Each of these wings should be focused
on a certain aspect of life during the 1950s.

          The focus of one wing should be on 1950’s TV and music. You will want to
outline different shows, actors, artists, and songs. The goal will be to show the impact
TV and music had on the people (your grandparents) of the 1950s. You will need at least
3 exhibits for TV, and 3 exhibits for music.

          The second wing should revolve around teen life and the car. You will want to
outline what kinds of things teens were doing, how they dressed, and how they acted.
You will also want to outline the significance of the car on America generally and teens
specifically. You will need to have 3 exhibits for teen life, and 3 exhibits for the impact
of the car.
          The third wing should have a focus on families of the 1950’s. You will want to
outline the significance of family roles, the concept of conformity, and the introduction of
suburbs and the impact they had on families and conformity. You will need to have 3
exhibits on the family and family roles, 3 exhibits on conformity, and 3 exhibits of the
suburbs.

While the focus of each wing is set, the specific topic the wing focuses on is up to you.
The topics listed here are merely guidelines and are not meant to limit your possibilities.

The only limitation on your choices is that there must be a way to tie each of your topics
together with one common theme.

Grading:

Written Proposal- The overview should explain why you choose your title. It should
also provide an overview of the main topics or "wings" that the museum will be
constructed around. It should explain the purpose of the museum and how that purpose is
reflected in the design approach that you decided upon. The overview should also make
mention of the specific items (artifacts) to be presented and the reasoning behind their
selection. 75 Points

Floor Plan-The floor plan is accurately and neatly drawn. The specific wings are
appropriately labeled. Each exhibit (artifact) is numbered or lettered. 50 Points

Key: The key is separated into the distinct parts (wings). Exhibits (artifacts) meet the
requirements above. Each exhibit correlates to the floor plan. Each exhibit includes a
visual representation of what will be included as well as a brief (5-6 sentences)
description for the average person. The descriptions need to explain the artifacts, as well
as the significance they had during the 1950s. 50 Points

Oral Presentation-The written proposal needs to be outlined and discussed. The floor
plan and key need to be displayed clearly. Wings and the exhibits therein, need to be
explained thoroughly. The significance of each wing and exhibit also needs to be
discussed. 25 Points

Total Points: 200 Points

				
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