The 1920's: Daring To Be Modern

The years that followed World War I found the world fascinated by the new. It was an era marked by creativity, innovation, and excitement, fueled by new freedoms and a rush to embrace the modern.

How the 1920s shaped and defined that modernity—and the decade's lasting legacy—provides the focus of a series of Smithsonian Associates programs that extend from spring through fall 2017. Join us for an exhilarating look at a decade that dared.

Current Programs (In Date Order):

Baseball’s First Golden Age

Evening Program
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. - RESCHEDULED DATE

During the sports-crazed ’20s, baseball established itself as the true national pastime—and a modern game entering a golden age. Join John McMurray of the Society for American Baseball Research for an examination of how that came about and an evaluation of this remarkable decade of change in baseball history.

How Manhattan Became an Isle of Joy

Evening Program with Book Signing
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.

Historian Mike Wallace takes a fascinating look at the confluence of social, economic, and creative forces that transformed New York City in the 1920s into a cultural mecca. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the rides at Coney Island, there was something for everyone.

An Egyptian Coil Chain

Studio Arts Workshop
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Egyptian-inspired jewelry was all the rage in the 1920s. Learn the secrets to great-looking wire work and hammering and finishing techniques as you create a fluid coil chain any flapper would be proud to wear.