‘Uncle Sam’s New Deal’ exhibit continues Thursday at the Carnegie, and every Monday and Thursday through May.

    Everyone is welcome to come to the second day of the free “Uncle Sam’s New Deal” exhibit at the Carnegie Building on Thursday, April 10.

    The exhibit, sponsored by the Polk County Historical Society, will be featured every Monday and Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. through May. The exhibit was created by Minnesota Landarks in partnership with the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, which is temporarily lending it to the PCHS.

    There will be cookies and coffee.

    During the Great Depression, New Deal programs brought relief to America’s poor and helped stabilize the economy. The “Uncle Sam’s New Deal” exhibit illuminates the federal government’s role in reviving Minnesota communites 70 years ago. Photography, interviews and New Deal film footage allow visitors to see how “Uncle Sam” has led efforts to stimulate Minnesota communities in the past. In conjunction with the exhibit, artifacts and photographs of Crookston and Polk County’s past will be featured.

    The PCHS obtained the former Carnegie Library building in December 1989 for the purposes of utilizing the structure on Ash Street as a historical research library or historical museum.

    The late Bruno Jurchen, director of archives, stated his vision in 1989 for the building, and it serves as an ongoing mission statement: “The Carnegie Library Building will become an ‘archival storage facility’ for past and future history records. ...We must take a good, hard look at what our real purpose is in preserving the past and present so that the people that inhabit this earth 200 years from now will know what took place in Polk County, Minnesota and the surrounding area.”