The Silent Wings Museum is thrilled to announce Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Gallery Talk & Reception with Michael Scheibach Ph.D on Saturday, April 27th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be free admission during the event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Historian and author Michael Scheibach, Ph.D., examines the early days of the Atomic Age in his presentation, “Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965.” The multimedia presentation focuses on how Americans dealt with the probability, not possibility, of nuclear annihilation. The presentation discusses the impact of civil defense and government warnings, and includes radio commercials on civil defense; video clips, including the classic film “Duck and Cover” and “Atomic Attack,” a 1954 television program in which a hydrogen bomb hits New York City; comic books; toys; and government publications issued during this period.
Scheibach received his doctorate in American studies from the University of Kansas. He is the author of Atomic Narratives and American Youth: Coming of Age with the Atom, 1945-1955; and "In Case Atom Bombs Fall": An Anthology of Governmental Explanations, Instructions and Warnings from the 1940s to the 1960s. He lives in Independence, Missouri.
Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow features more than 75 original objects from America’s Atomic Age and artifacts such as federal pamphlets, newspapers, textbooks about “duck and cover” drills, transportation infrastructure, comic books and more. These objects show the audience messages Americans coped with in each aspect of their life throughout the Atomic Age.
Saturday, April 27th at Silent Wings Museum
Free Admission during the event 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
10 a.m.: Doors open
11 a.m.: A talk from Michael Scheibach PhD.
12 p.m.: Afternoon Reception begins; light Hors D’oeuvres will be served