State Museum Wants ‘Gen X’ Contributions for Fall Exhibition | Illinois News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Tired of baby boomer stories of the ‘good old days’, poor attention span of millennials, or stupid complaints from zoomers?

You must be a ‘forgotten’ Generation X and the Illinois State Museum wants to hear from you.

The museum’s facility in Springfield will open an exhibit titled “Growing Up X” in October, devoted to people born typically 1965 to 1980, described by the museum as “the last generation to have an analog childhood.”

“We think it’s time Gen X got some love,” said Erika Holst, curator of history at the Illinois State Museum.

Holst invites Xers to complete an online survey about their growing experiences and to lend exhibits from this era, from portable cassette players to inline skates.

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“We want to dig into the experience of being a kid in the 70s, 80s and 90s,” Holst said. “How growing up adapting to new, often unattended, technology in the shadow of the Cold War, Reaganomics, Just Say No and the AIDS crisis shaped this generation of people that now flourish in middle age? “

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