About the Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment. Since opening Fall 2006, the cultural center has attracted more than 85,000 visitors and has been recognized by awards from the Historical Society of Michigan and the Michigan Museums Association.

The Roaring Twenties: From Riches to Rags

February 22, 2014 - May 4, 2014

Heralding a dramatic break between America’s past and future, the 1920s ushered in the modern age. For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms, and the nation’s total wealth doubled between 1920 and 1929.

Join the Lorenzo Cultural Center to examine this decade of great social and political change, including:

Emergence of the “New Woman,” who not only voted, but participated by the millions in the white-collar workforce and was liberated from much household drudgery with the advent of canned foods, ready-made clothing and household appliances.

Prohibition, which not only contributed to the rise of organized crime, such as the infamous Purple Gang in Detroit, but also provided the livelihoods to tens of thousands of southeast Michigan residents engaged in smuggling of contraband liquor.

Rise of American literature, art and music, and the birth of mass culture, as the radio found its way into virtually every American home and three-quarters of the population visited a movie theater every week.

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