The 411 Let's get to know you. We do need just a few pieces of required information; everything else is optional. Email Address * (Email addresses will be treated as private information and will not be published or shared) Name * Where did you grow up? * Where did you grow? (Town, State, Area) Have you ever lived in Illinois? Have you ever lived in Illinois? If so, when (optional) Year you were born What year were you born? (optional) How do you identify? * Female Male Nonbinary Transgender Agender Genderqueer Prefer not to say I idenify in a way not listed here Which Category best describes you? * American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian Black or African American Hispanic or Lantix Middle Eastern or North African Multiracial or multiethnic Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Prefer not to say White or Caucasian, Non-Hispanic A race, ethnicity, or origin not mentioned in the above list Before we dive in -- this survey can't possibly capture the dept of your Gen X experience. Are you interested in being interviewed by someone from our staff, to be featured in the exhibit? Would you be interested in being interviewed? * Yes No Maybe File Upload Do you have any images you would like to share? We will not use them without your permission.Files must be less than 6 MB.Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png. Objects Do you still have any of the following objects from your youth (before age 18) that you'd be willing to lind or donate for the exhibit? Must date from the 1960s-1990s. Check any/all that apply. Music (tape player, Walkman, Discman, record player, mix tapes, cassette tapes, records, etc) Communication devices (landline telephone, early cell phone, answering machine, pager, caller ID) Food Related items (microwave, TV trays, Tupperware, crock pot) Books (Choose Your Own Adventure, VC Andrews, Judy Blume, Sweet Valley High, etc) Apparel/grooming (clothing, shoes, scrunchies, curling iron/crimper, fanny pack, cologne, etc) School items (lunch box, thermos, backpack, Trapper Keeper, anything Lisa Frank, word processor, gym uniforms, dance mementos, sports/extracurricular mementos, etc) Toys (He-Man/She-Ra, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Bright, Transformers, My Little Pony, Teddy Ruxpin, Star Wars, Smurfs, Monchichi, rooler skates, Eivel Knievel, etc) Just Say No / D.A.R.E. / MADD or other initiative items (t shirts, buttons, posters) Video Games/Systems (Atari 2600, original Nintendo, ColecoVision, Nintendo Gameboy) Computers (Apple IIe, early home pc, games on floppy, America Online relics, etc) Entertainment (TV, VCR, tape rewinder, cable box, VHS tapes) Old key to your house (if you were a latchkey kid) Other Objects Any other objects we didn't include above? Your MemoriesNow make yourself a cup of Tang and take the phone off the hook. We want to hear your thoughts and memories of growing up X. Answer as many or as few as you like; We're just happy to hear from you. Toy Memories What were your favorite toys/games growing up? Music Memories What music did you love growing up? TV Memories What TV shows did you love growing up? Movie Memories What movies did you love growing up? Book Memories What Books or book series did you love growing up? Slang Memories What's your favorite Gen X slang growing up? News Memories What news events stand out in your memory growing up? Latchkey Memories Were you a latchkey kid? What was that like? Do you have a story you want to share about your experiences after school? Parent Memories If you have kids, how is your experience of being a parent different from the way you were parented? Cringey Memories What were some of the most cringey styles you embraced as a young person? Experience Memories How would you describe the experience of growing up Gen X? What makes Gen X so unique? Society Memories What messages did society send you about your identity growing up? (i.e. being male, female, gay, straight, Black, Latinx, etc.) Personal Memories How do you think growing up GenX shaped who you are today? Other Memories Any other memories or thoughts you want to share about being Gen X? Agreement * I hereby give the Illinois State Museum (“ISM”) a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sub-licensable license to copy, digitize, reproduce, edit, translate, create derivative works, distribute, and publicly display and perform certain materials described below. I agree that ISM may add the material to the history collection according to the ISM Collection Management Policy or share the material to another appropriate library or museum. I agree that ISM may utilize any medium or media now existing or that will exist in the future to achieve the above-described purposes. No Yes Member of Gen X? * I am a member of GenX, born between 1965-1980 Yes No, I'm older No, I'm younger Thank you for your submission. Please contact Erika Holst, curator of history (born 1979), at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.