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Museum Program Looks at Sioux City in the 1930s

Post Date:04/12/2019 1:46 PM

Reflect on the economic turmoil of the 1930s with the History at High Noon presentation, “The Great Depression in Sioux City.” Presented in conjunction with “One Book One Siouxland.” the program will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 12:05 p.m. at the Sioux City Public Museum. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches to the free presentation.

Presenter Matt Anderson, Curator of History, will showcase images that illustrate the challenges local citizens faced during the Great Depression and how they dealt with them in a mostly positive way. Like all American cities, Sioux City was profoundly affected by the economic catastrophe of the 1930s. Banks collapsed, farmers were forced off their land and businesses closed their doors. In 1932 and 1933 the Sioux City area was the scene of a wave of rural unrest as desperate farmers struggled to keep their farms. Later in the decade, there were major strikes in the local meatpacking industry. Fortunately, Sioux City was spared the widespread urban violence that plagued other American industrial centers. Sioux City was also a beneficiary of the Franklin Roosevelt administration’s New Deal public works programs.

The topic was selected to coincide with the era on which this year’s “One Book One Siouxland” selection, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, is based.One Book One Siouxland” is a reading initiative that brings our community together through the shared experience of one great book and provides fun, educational events that expand the reading experience. For more information about the remaining events in 2019, visit onebookonesiouxland.org.

The Sioux City Public Museum is located at 607 4th Street in downtown Sioux City.  For more information, call 712-279-6174 or visit siouxcitymuseum.org.

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