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At Home on the Road: Autocamping, Motels & the Rediscovery of America

November 15, 1985 – January 11, 1987

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 1st Floor, Special Exhibits Gallery

The automobile enabled Americans to discover beautiful but remote areas of the country, and highway travel itself became a form of entertainment. On view are a 1921 motor home, a 1928 tent trailer, a 1934 Ford and 1935 house trailer, and a 1918 Oldsmobile touring car in a camping setting. Highway signs; motel signs; postcards, decals, and other souvenirs; and family vacation snapshots complete the exhibition. One section, "Jim Crow on the Road," highlights the difficulties of black travelers in finding accommodations.