Abilene in the 1920s
When one thinks of the 1920s, images of flappers, jazz, and speakeasies immediately come to mind. While that is relatively true, for Abilene, the 1920s was an era of major change and growth, just like it was throughout the United States. The population of Abilene nearly doubled throughout the decade with the increase in businesses, buildings, railway usage, and updated technology. The three main colleges were either founded or expanded and several public schools, including black and Mexican American schools, were built in the 1920s. In addition, several churches and hospitals were built throughout the city. Just as important, the decade provided a heyday of entertainment that flourished in theatres, parks, fairs, and even at a new golf course.
This exhibition in The Grace’s history galleries features clothing, photographs, and several artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as items from Abilene Christian University’s (ACU) Museum collection. The exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Amanda Biles, Director of Public History and Assistant Professor of History at ACU.