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Talkin' 'Bout My Generation

Program Description

When Roger Daltry sang "I hope they all fade away" in reference to the older people born before the then twenty-something Baby Boomers, he probably never considered someday he'd have grey hair, kids of his own, and adult responsibilities. This program looks at the Baby Boomer generation, what has been called the largest, richest, most influential generation of all time, and highlights characteristics, leaders, life expectancies, and the times that are behind this behemoth group.

Topics

  • Characteristics of the "Baby Boom" generation
  • The events that shaped the Baby Boom generation
  • Greatest Baby Boomer leaders
  • How Baby Boomers changed the world

Speakers

Local history or social studies teachers or professors.

Basics

  • Length - One 1½ hour session.
  • Auditorium-style seating.
  • Preparation time - 2 hours.

Learn More About It

  • "Boomer Nation: The Largest and Richest Generation Ever and How It Transformed America," by Steve Gillon. Free Press.
  • "Generations: The History of America's Future from 1584 - 2069," by Neil Howe and William Strauss. Harper Perennial.
  • "Baby Boomers: Can My Eighties Be Like My Fifties?" by M. Joanna Mellor and Helen Rehr. Springer Publishing Company.

Make It Special

Play age-appropriate music that Boomers grew up with at the beginning and end of the program.

Market It

Distribute flyers to places of employment, downtown businesses, restaurants, workout facilities. Place notices in the local newspaper and library newsletter.

  • Montana State Library
  • P.O. Box 201800, 1515 East 6th Avenue
  • Helena, MT 59620-1800
  • Phone: (406) 444-3115
  • Fax: (406) 444-0266
  • msl.mt.gov