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Past, Future, and Fantasy at the "Happiest Place on Earth"
Wednesday, November 9, 4:00 p.m.
Lecture Webinar: Past, Future, and Fantasy at the "Happiest Place on Earth"
Sasha Coles, Assistant Teaching Professor, History, Penn State
When Walt Disney's first theme park opened in Anaheim, California, in July 1955, he told guests, “Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world." With this statement, Walt captured the dynamic interplay between education, entertainment, and American identity formation that has always characterized the "Happiest Place on Earth." In this talk, Sasha Coles will explore the place of the past in creating Disneyland's famous attractions and comfortable atmosphere. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the museum fiftieth anniversary exhibition "Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty" and illuminates the complex interaction between history and identity.

Bio: Sasha Coles is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Penn State's History Department at University Park. She offers courses in US history, world history, women's history, and public history. She is also the founder of the Enchanted Archives, a digital project that uncovers the historical roots of Disney park food, aesthetics, and attractions. The 24 essays and two walking tours on the platform offer a new layer of storytelling to the Disney park experience.

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Nov 9, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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