A week or so ago I heard a story on NPR's Marketplace about a new museum devoted to "suburban life." It includes a 1950's ranch style home that was once a model home. It has been moved to and set up at the museum site in Kansas.
I wish that the museum were closer so that I could visit. I was raised in the suburbs. My family bought a home in a "development," about 45 minutes outside of New York City, in the early 50's.
To study more about the suburbs--both historical and contemporary, look for one of these the next time you visit:
The Comparative Guide to American Suburbs 2009/2010: Covers Over 2500 Suburban Communities in the 75 Largest Metro Areas--With Rankings. [R 307 COM]
Duany, Andres. Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. [307.76 DUA]
Stilgoe, John R. Borderland: Origins of the American Suburb, 1820-1939. [307.76 STI]