Cincinnati Museum Center remembers the ’40s

Lunken Airport, circa 1940

Lunken Airport, circa 1940

Saturday, Aug. 13, Lunken Airport

Grab your dancing shoes, put on your red lipstick and travel back to the 1940s at Cincinnati Museum Center’s 1940s Day for live music, swing dancing and classic cars.

Since Union Terminal is undergoing renovation, Lunken Airport – which is also Art Deco –  will allow for new additions, including a costume contest and classic airplanes from the Tri-State Warbird Museum.

Guests also may participate in a question-and-answer session with World War II veterans, moderated by a representative of the Veterans Memorial Museum of Germantown. A Holocaust survivor will share a story of despair and hope during one of history’s darkest periods, in a presentation sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. And Kathleen Cox, author of “Destinations Unknown: Adventures of a WWII Red Cross Girl,” will speak about the journey to Northern Africa and Italy with stories from her mother, a teacher who left her job to volunteer with the Red Cross during the war.

Daniel Bennett and the Dirty Shirleys, the Sugar Pills All-Girl Ukulele Band, the Andrews Sisters-inspired Boyer Sisters and the Sweet & Lows, a female singing duo, will perform throughout the day. Dancers from Cincy Hop, a dance troupe with members from more than a dozen states, all specializing in the Lindy, and members of the Flying Cloud Academy of Vintage Dance will swing along to the 19-piece Jump ‘n’ Jive Big Band.

Talk of the Town and Gayle’s Vintage Clothing will be on hand all day to help you dress to the nines for the costume contests.

Admission is free for Museum Center Members and WWII veterans. Tickets for other member adults and seniors are $10, $5 for children.

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