October 15, 2016 through January 22, 2017

Beaded fringe bounced to the syncopated sounds of jazz, while illegal hooch sloshed in long stemmed glasses. The bull market prevailed and it didn’t matter what you bought; stocks only went up. Names of the sport heroes still echo today: Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey and Man O’ War. On the surface, it was a glittering moment in time captured by F. Scott Fitzgerald in stories like The Great Gatsby and “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” We will exhibit a cross-section of the period with fashions from Paris, speakeasy cocktails, red hot jazz and weekend recreations. 

Showing life in the 1920s like never before, this exhibit transformed the Beall-Dawson Museum into exhibition space, and gave visitors a chance to see some of the incredible items in our collection. Many of these objects were on display for the first time!

Curated by Elizabeth Lay

The Cocktails, Lipstick, and Jazz exhibit has closed, but you can still see the dazzling extravagance of the 1920s with our virtual tour. Experience the excitement of the exhibit all over again (or for the first time!) as the tour walks you through the Beall-Dawson Museum. Get a closer look by zooming in or click on an object to learn more. Come back and visit whenever you want a glimpse into the Roaring Twenties!