As part of Bidging the GAP Years, 1969 - 2019, LWV Appleton will host a Political Discussion
Bridging the GAP Years, 1969-2019 explores growing divisions in American society. Over the past 50 years political polarization, wealth inequality, and feelings of social isolation have increased while our collective empathy has declined.Bridging the GAP Years presents that data and challenges citizens to creatively address those issues. Most importantly, the exhibit provides space for visitors to congregate, reflect, and engage with one another.
The goal of Bridging the GAP Years is to inspire a greater sense of community cohesion by highlighting the historical context for what presently divides us. To help accomplish this the History Museum is partnering with diverse community organizations to host free events. Storycatchers, Thrivent Financial, the League of Women Voters, StoryCorps, the City of Appleton’s Dignity & Respect Campaign, and others will participate in this effort.
Bridging the GAP Years will appear at the History Museum February 1 – March 31, 2019 and feature easy-to-read graphs that demonstrate political, economic, and social gaps that have formed. The exhibit’s design provides brief reference points for historical context, and a comfortable environment for community members to interact. The exhibit will travel the Fox Cities, by request, after it closes at the museum to continue the conversation. With your help we can begin bridging the gap and restore our faith in each other.