The Great Depression was a time of unemployment and hardship. In Stearns County, the responsibility and duty for caring for victims of the Depression was accepted by the community. A coordinated effort by community groups, service clubs, and the city government led the way. The Chamber of Commerce coordinated work projects within the community. The mayor proposed a “Make Work Program,” which provided employment, not charity, for 400 men with families to support.
At the national level, the WPA (Works Progress Administration) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of people to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge, or school constructed by this agency. There are several of those projects that were completed in Stearns County and will be part of the discussion.
Wednesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m., St. Cloud Times writer and 2013 Zapp Historian Award recipient Bill Morgan will be at the Stearns History Museum to facilitate a roundtable discussion of the Great Depression in Stearns County. As a former history professor at St. Cloud State University, Bill Morgan is extremely knowledgeable in Depression-era history, and this evening is sure to be both informational and interesting. Admission to this event is free to members, $5 to non-members.
Event: The Great Depression in Stearns County: A Roundtable Discussion
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Cost: Members free. Non-members $5
Location: Stearns History Museum and Research Center