Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

History

First Advisor

Allison Marsh

Abstract

The United States Space and Rocket Center functions as a case study on the rise of popular science in the 20th century America. The museum cultivated a national cultural identity formed during the International Space Race and fostered a growing narrative of a country focused on progress defined by advancements in science and technology rather than social cohesion. This paper outlines the Space and Rocket Center’s establishment, its interpretation of America’s space programs, and its role as a vessel for domesticated science. It also acknowledges the intersectional gaps in museum interpretation and discusses how the museum and its programs have become an integral part of the American popular science story.

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