Browse Exhibits (12 total)

Statues of the 1930's Then and Now

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This exhibit shows a comparison of statues seen in the 1930's to how they look today, if they are around at all. There is a brief history of the person, along with history on the statue itself. We are hoping that you will notice that even though these statues were around during or made during the great depression, that this time period was not just a time of lost. There were great works of art contributed to history, along with works of art being documented.

Legacy of the Great Migrations and Segregation: 1930s and Today


As the title suggests, we will examine the effects of segregation in Chicago on the settlement of African American migrants coming from the south. The division of the city along race lines, physically and politically, impacted how residents of the south side of Chicago experienced the Great Depression. After that, we will look at the continuing patterns of segregation in Chicago neighborhoods today.

All of the pictures on this website came from the Farm Security Administration and Office of Wartime Information. During the 1930s, photographers from the government sent out to document all aspects of American life. Other posters and maps come from artists employed by the government or university scholars.

As you click through the exhibits below, consider how the intersections of poverty and racism created a completely different experience for African Americans during the Great Depression. Take note of the ways communities around the country worked together and supported one another. Think critically about how the United States and local governments supported or encouraged segregation. Then, given all this context, ask yourself what has changed today - and what hasn't?

Examining the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938


This exhibit is focused on the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) work from 1936 to 1938. During this time, the project collected over 2,300 first-person accounts from former slaves. Over two thousand writers were employed by the FWP to interview ex-slaves in seventeen different states (Escott).

The goal of the exhibit is to get visitors to think critically about the documentation process behind the narratives. There are many factors that contributed to the content captured by the FWP, including the questions asked, the way in which dialect was captured, and the race of the interviewer. We explore these factors in the exhibit.


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Faces and Voices of the American Experience in the 1930s


This exhibit contains three sections summarizing the American experience during the 1930s. These sections are sports, music, and folktales. Sports, music, and folktales were incredibly important aspects of American culture during the Great Depression. In many ways, these were the means that people used to cope with their rough and often dire circumstances. Jazz, swing, folk, baseball, boxing, and tall tales were the escapes that ordinary Americans used to forget the trials and tribulations of their everdyday lives. 

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Politisches Engagement unter deutsche Einwanderer und deutschamerikanische Leute in Iowa


Eine Sammlung von Artikeln, Reden, Schriften, Bilder, und andere historische Gegenstände, dass von Politik handeln. Diese Gegenstände stammen von deutsche Einwanderer und deutschamerikanische Leute. 

Ted Rehder und die Namensänderung


Information on Ted Rehder and the change of Berlin, IA to Lincoln, IA.  Also included is information on German Newspapers during the World War 1 period.

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