In the midst of the despair of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal gave more than 200 struggling Midwestern farm families an extraordinary opportunity: the chance to start over on the Alaskan frontier. The Matanuska Colonization Project of 1935 was a bold government experiment to relocate these families. “Alaska Far Away” tells the story of the struggles that the project and its participants encountered, and the families who found themselves
thrust into the national spotlight along the way. Join us at the Stearns History Museum for one of two free showings of this movie: at 10 a.m. Monday, June 24, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13.
This movie is being shown in connection with the traveling exhibit Uncle Sam’s New Deal from the Minnesota Historical Society. This exhibit illuminates the federal government’s role in reviving Minnesota communities 70 years ago. It will be on display at the Stearns History Museum until Aug. 4, 2013.
The American Alliance of Museums accredits the Stearns History Museum and Research Center. It is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud.