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The Cincinnati Museum Center will host 1940s Day, a celebration of the era, on Sunday, October 2.

Step back in time on the Cincinnati Museum Center’s 1940s Day on October 2. car fanatics and avid learners congregate in the shadow of Cincinnati’s Art Deco masterpiece, Union Terminal.

For vintage, lighthearted fun, Union Terminal is offering a 1940s-style day of festivities. There will be classic cars on display for attendees to admire and samples of popular foods from that era (like Spam). There will also be live music throughout the day and dancing is encouraged. For those interested, there will even be a costume contest for those who attend the event in their fanciest 40s ensembles.

Of course, you can’t spend a 1940s-themed day at a museum without also paying homage to some of the more serious parts of that era. Visitors can meet Holocaust survivor and veteran Al Miller, who escaped Nazi Germany in 1937. Author and University of Cincinnati professor LaVerne Summerlin will also be at the event, speaking visitors to the unique black experience of living in 1940s Cincinnati and the historic West End.

1940s Day runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 2. Admission to the event is included with museum admission and is free for Cincinnati Museum Center members. The Cincinnati Museum Center is located at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Information: cincymuseum.org.

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