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Museum at 75: Let's party like it's 1941!

Jitterbug dancers kick up their heels in the 1940s. The Kern County Museum will have a big band and dancing at the Forties Front Porch Party on July 9.

Relaxing on a shaded front porch, sipping mai tais with friends as your fried Spam supper digests, a big band playing in the distance. It was what they did in 1941 and, come to think of it, is still a solid way to pass a summer evening (except, perhaps, for the Spam part).

The theory will be put to the test July 9, when the Kern County Museum hosts Forties Front Porch Party, the climax in a series of events this year to mark the history museum’s 75th anniversary.

All the best of 1940s America will be represented: the GIs, big-band swing, pinups, including the girl with

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