Feeding the Mind: Pack Horse Library Project

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“With no money to feed the body, how could they feed the mind?”- Eleanor Roosevelt Wanted: Librarians The search for dedicated women to serve as librarians began with the impetus of Eleanor Roosevelt as she cooperated with the WPA, Work Project Administration. The WPA was created by her husband, President…

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A Picture Worth Thousands of Words: The Dust Bowl by Ken Burns

For two hours, Vernon and I watched disturbing, yet stunning visuals flash across our television screen. Frightening images of gigantic black blizzards engulfing barns and cities with devastating results. Plagues of jackrabbits and locusts. Old and young coughing from dust pneumonia. The first DVD of The Dust Bowl, by Ken…

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Piecing a Legacy: A 1930 Quilt Story

With the perspective of youth, Dennis McCann observed, “Those must have been depressing times, those long ago days of bread and milk, of feedbag clothes, and canned tumbleweed dinners. Of little or nothing.” Jane Tamse countered in her feeble, quivering voice, “Those were frugal days, but they left us with…

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Radio: The Voices from the Air

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stoop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”                                                                 -Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Life in the dust bowl on isolated homesteads presented challenges…

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5 Lessons for Today’s Teachers from Weedpatch Camp School

During the darkest days of the Great Depression, thousands of Oklahoma families migrated from the Dust Bowl to California in automobiles piled high with their earthly belongings. The grove owners and truck farmers referred to the penniless refugees from drought as “Okies”. The name carried prejudice toward the migrants trying…

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