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Patios, Pools, and the Invention of the American Back Yard

Patios, Pools, and the Invention of the American Back Yard

Outdoor living for Americans transformed after the end of WWII. The suburban backyard was a product of postwar peace, the growing middle-class, a rise in home-ownership, the baby boom, and the do-it-yourself approach. Patios replaced porches and the backyard became an extension of the home – a place for entertaining, cooking, and relaxing. Magazines promoted the modern backyard while companies quickly developed products designed to lessen the burden of maintaining these outdoor spaces.

 A collaboration between the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens and SITES, Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard  features photographs, items, and stories that explore the development of the American backyard and will take a closer look into Connecticut’s backyard history.

12-18-2018 thru 02-24-2019
Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, Connecticut
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