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History Series: The Dust Bowl (with musical presentation)
January 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)
THE DUST BOWL chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the ‘Great Plow-Up,’ followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. For eight years dust blew on the southern plains. It came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling walls of black from the North. The simplest acts of life — breathing, eating a meal, taking a walk — were no longer simple. Children wore dust masks to and from school, women hung wet sheets over windows in a futile attempt to stop the dirt, farmers watched helplessly as their crops blew away.
Looking back at history allows us to learn from our mistakes in hope to never repeat them again. A team of educators from the Gilmore Car Museum will share period photographs and first-hand accounts from the Dust Bowl, as they examine the causes of this ecological disaster of the 1930’s. The presentation also includes live music featuring several Dust Bowl era songs of Woody Guthrie and others which were the soundtrack to “America’s worst hard time.”
The program will begin at 6:30 p.m., in the McGuire Community Room of the TADL Main Library.