Field Trip Quests: The Boom

Field Trip Quests: The Boom

The Boom

Help veterans returning to a new life after World War II.

Level 1: Help one of five veterans after the war look for work or housing.

Level 2: Help another of the five veterans after the war look for work or housing.

Digital Artifacts

Birth Announcement

After World War 2, more babies were born in the U.S. than ever before. The 18 years after 1946 are called the "baby boom" years. Some parents showed pride in their country by putting words or pictures from American history on their baby's birth announcement. The Greenbergs mailed this announcement to their friends and family in 1950.

Birth Announcement

After World War 2, more babies were born in the U.S. than ever before. The 18 years after 1946 are called the "baby boom" years. Some parents showed pride in their country by putting words or pictures from American history on their baby's birth announcement. The Greenbergs mailed this announcement to their friends and family in 1950.

Blue Car

This Ford Customline car was built in 1955 in St. Paul, MN. It has an AM radio and two speeds. There is a "Magic Air" heater in the car, but it cost extra in 1955. The car's owners lived in Clinton, a small town in west central Minnesota. The family called this car "Bluebird." It has been driven only 43,270 miles so far.

Blue Car

This Ford Customline car was built in 1955 in St. Paul, MN. It has an AM radio and two speeds. There is a "Magic Air" heater in the car, but it cost extra in 1955. The car's owners lived in Clinton, a small town in west central Minnesota. The family called this car "Bluebird." It has been driven only 43,270 miles so far.

Data Drum

This machine stores information. Built in 1946, it was part of a large, early computer that was invented in St. Paul. It was an exciting invention at the time. It stores 24,000 bytes of information. Today you would need 1.3 million of these machines to store what's on an iPod!

Data Drum

This machine stores information. Built in 1946, it was part of a large, early computer that was invented in St. Paul. It was an exciting invention at the time. It stores 24,000 bytes of information. Today you would need 1.3 million of these machines to store what's on an iPod!

Dishwasher

Dishwashing machines have been around for more than 100 years. During World War II, few dishwashers were made. The United States needed raw materials, such as metal, for the war. In the 1950s, dishwashers were back in stores and were cheaper. More people could buy them.

Dishwasher

Dishwashing machines have been around for more than 100 years. During World War II, few dishwashers were made. The United States needed raw materials, such as metal, for the war. In the 1950s, dishwashers were back in stores and were cheaper. More people could buy them.

Weather Wand

Bud Kraehling was WCCO's very first weatherman. He started in 1949. He used this weather wand to point out weather patterns on a big map while he was on TV. He served in the Signal Corps during the war and was on TV for over 40 years!

Weather Wand

Bud Kraehling was WCCO's very first weatherman. He started in 1949. He used this weather wand to point out weather patterns on a big map while he was on TV. He served in the Signal Corps during the war and was on TV for over 40 years!

Zenith TV

This Zenith "porthole" TV set from about 1950 belongs to Bud Kraehling. He was a TV weatherman in Minneapolis for 46 years. The first Minnesota TV station started in Minneapolis in 1948. By the late 1950s, Rochester, Duluth, and Alexandria all had TV stations too. At that time, 87% of American homes had TVs.

Zenith TV

This Zenith "porthole" TV set from about 1950 belongs to Bud Kraehling. He was a TV weatherman in Minneapolis for 46 years. The first Minnesota TV station started in Minneapolis in 1948. By the late 1950s, Rochester, Duluth, and Alexandria all had TV stations too. At that time, 87% of American homes had TVs.