Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Polk County Historical Society: ‘New Deal’ exhibit at Carnegie Building in April, May

  • Open house kicks things off on April 7
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  •     An era that is fading into history will be highlighted in "Uncle Sam’s New Deal." The traveling exhibit on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul will be in the Carnegie Building in Crookston.   
        The exhibit will be open every Monday and Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. throughout April and May. Admission is free.   
        On Monday, April 7, the Polk County Historical Society will host the open house premiere of the New Deal exhibit. Society members will serve treats and beverages.   
        “We are hoping that many people from throughout the area will come to see and share what they know about the Great Depression,” said Carnegie Building Program Director Kristina Gray.   
        During the Great Depression, New Deal programs brought relief to America’s poor and helped stabilize its economy.   
        The exhibit features photographs, interviews, film footage and interactive activity to illuminate the federal government’s role in reviving Minnesota communities 70 years ago. The government created jobs for Minnesotans through programs like the Work Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps.    
        “We are proud to sponsor this exhibit, which was created by Minnesota Landmarks in partnership with the Minnesota History Center,” said PCHS President Jerry Amiot. “We will also be showing artifacts and photographs of Crookston’s and Polk County’s past."   
        If anyone has depression glass or photos of WPA projects to share, they are invited to bring them to the open house or contact Amiot at 289-8889 or Gray at 281-2663.   
        Gray said the exhibit will be in the Carnegie Building instead of the Polk County Museum because the former library is meant to be used as a historical research library and archival storage facility.   
        This exhibit is funded through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that is part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment created by Minnesota voters. A portion of the fund has been appropriated to the Minnesota Historical Society for statewide history-related projects.
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