Parks and Recreation

Posted on: April 12, 2018

Gallery Talk at Railroad and Heritage Museum

The Railroad and Heritage Museum will be hosting a free gallery talk on Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 a.m. in relation to the current exhibit, “Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard”. Genevieve Stockburger, the museum’s Education Coordinator, will be giving a short talk about the development of suburban life in postwar United States, followed by a tour of the exhibit. Ms. Stockburger will be focusing on the idealized image of life in the suburbs that was created in the media of the period. Ms. Stockburger has a Master’s Degree in History from Sam Houston State University and Master’s in Museum Science from Texas Tech University.

Through rare photographs, historic drawings and period advertisements, “Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard” explores the mid-century backyard of the 1950s from the rise of the suburbs and tract houses and the beauty of postwar garden design to the birth of the environmental movement. Drawing from the collections and research of the Smithsonian Gardens’ Archives of American Gardens, the exhibition is organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

“Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard” can be viewed with regular admission to the museum, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is part of the regular schedule of changing exhibits at the museum. The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is located at 315 W. Avenue B in downtown Temple. For more information about the exhibit or the museum, please visit or call 254-298-5172.

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