News Releases

3/24/2015 - Dust, Depression and the New Deal: Life in the 1930s

Program Information: Joshua Morris, Curator of Exhibits
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day)
General Museum Information: Susan Hawksworth, Director
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day) 785.825.6306 (evening)


Exhibit Title:Dust, Depression and the New Deal: Life in the 1930s
Date:closes April 4, 2015
Time:Tuesday-Friday 12-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5
Location:Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron, Salina, KS 67401

The final day to view Dust, Depression and the New Deal: Life in the 1930s, on exhibit at the Smoky Hill Museum, is Saturday, April 4, 2015.

The Depression era, also known as the “Dirty Thirties,” was a time of devastating economic and environmental change. For many Americans, the threat of losing their life savings, homes and belongings affected them in a very personal way.

In Salina and surrounding communities, local businesses and families were impacted by the dramatic changes of the 1930s. Dust, Depression and the New Deal: Life in the 1930s tells the story of two families –– one rural, one city-dwelling –– and how they adapted to make ends meet. From the westward migration of the Okies to FDR’s New Deal and the creation of the WPA and the CCC, the Great Depression left a legacy of resilience and determination that endures even today.

The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.

For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.