Jump, jive and swing your way back in time with the Museum Center’s annual 1940s Day! Museum Center and Lunken Airport have been in cahoots to bring back this crowd favorite. On Saturday, August 11, Lunken Airport will be filled with the sights and sounds of the 1940s. It is sure to be a swell event so don’t be a fuddy-duddy so shine your dancing shoes, pin curl your hair and come on down for a day of good old fashioned fun!
Take in the sounds of the P&G Big Band in the afternoon and take in the sights and learn some new dance moves with Cincy Hop as they cut a rug and jump, jive and jitterbug the afternoon away on the dance floor.* Snap your fingers to the jazzy sounds of Daniel Bennett and the Dirty Shirley as they play some jazz favorites. The Queen City Sisters will make you feel nostalgic as they sing standards from the period and soloist Danielle Muething, of Danielle’s Melodies, will keep you entertained with some classic patriotic tunes.
Vendors and Displays
Set some time aside to stroll through the vendor tent because all kinds of vintage treasures await your view!
- Casablanca Vintage Clothing is returning and will have their dapper wares on hand while the Friends of the Public Library will keep bookworms happy with their selection of history books, golden book classics and more.
- The Holocaust and Humanity Center, the USO chapter of Central and Southern Ohio, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Lebanon Railroad Museum, and the Cincinnati Fire Museum will have displays on view all day.
- Treat yourself to a cool treat from the Aglamesis Brothers ice cream cart, partake in some goodies from local food trucks or the Sky Galley Restaurant which will be open to keep you well sated.
- You are not dreaming…the Axis Nightmare is returning along with other vintage airplanes provided by the Cincy Warbirds and Tri State Warbird Museum. Be sure to cruise by the annual vintage car show featuring vehicles from the 1920s, 1930s and the 1940s. Cars* and planes* will be located on the tarmac.
- Calling all Rosie the Riveters! Naomi Parker Fraley, the inspiration for the real life Rosie the Riveter, passed away this year at the age of 96 and to honor her memory we WANT YOU to gather around for a group photo. Hundreds of thousands of women either served in the armed forces on the home front or abroad. Thousands of other women went into the labor force to help with the labor shortage and help the Allies to gain victory in Europe and the Pacific. This photograph will act as a small way to commemorate their service and dedication to the Allied cause.
- Cincinnati Dinner Train will be there to tell you all about their 1940s themed night on their Cincinnati Dinner Train!
Honor Flight will be kicking off the day with a discussion of their book, Legacy of Courage I & II. The discussion will highlight the service of WWII veterans featured in their book. They will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions about their time in the service. Honor Flight will have their books for sale and guests can have their copy autographed by the authors.
We are honored to feature a Holocaust survivor who will be speaking of their experiences during one of history’s darkest times.
Our Insights lecturer this year is local businesswoman Molly Wellmann who will take you on a journey of Cincinnati’s drinking history.
Vintage Beauties and Costume Contest
Feeling intimidated when it comes to perfecting the perfect pin curl? Don’t think you have enough moxie to carry off a Rosie the Riveter look? Never fear! All your questions can be answered in a fun and interactive Vintage Beauties Q&A. Or if you are feeling dapper enter our annual costume contest! Anyone and everyone who wants to show off their vintage threads are welcome to take part in a fashion parade. Contestants will then be selected to participate in a second round of judging. Winners can take home some remarkable prizes! Winners are also invited to take part in our Vintage Beauties workshop taking place immediately after our contest.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Honor Flight (Performance Tent)
10:30 a.m.: Cincinnati Heritage Programs tour of Lunken Airport (meet in Terminal Lobby)
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Daniel Bennett and the Dirty Shirleys (Big Band Tent)
11 a.m. to Noon: Fireside chat with Mr. Carl Westmoreland (Performance Tent)
11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Rosie the Riveter photo
11:30 a.m.: Cincinnati Heritage Programs tour of Lunken Airport (meet in Terminal Lobby)
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Queen City Sisters (Big Band Tent)
Noon to 1 p.m.: Holocaust survivor speech (includes 15 minutes of Q&A) (Performance Tent)
12:30 p.m.: Cincinnati Heritage Programs tour of Lunken Airport (meet in Terminal Lobby)
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Insights Lecture w/ Molly Wellmann (includes 15 minutes of Q&A) (Performance Tent)
1:30 p.m.: Cincinnati Heritage Program tour of Lunken Airport (meet in Terminal Lobby)
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: P&G Big Band and Cincy Hop (Big Band Tent)
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Costume contest (Performance Tent)
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Vintage Beauties (Airmen’s Club)
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Danielle’s Melodies (Performance Tent)