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Documenting Kansas, a Work in Progress

Documenting Kansas, a Work in Progress

Oct 14 2010

This online exhibit by Dr. Lorraine Madway at Wichita State University shows Kansas during the Depression, the only decade in Kansas history…

A Man Named L’Amour

A Man Named L’Amour

Sep 29 2010

Louis L’Amour, one of the bestselling writers of Westerns in history, started out writing for the WPA guide to Oklahoma under the…

Confucius Visits D.C. for his Birthday

Confucius Visits D.C. for his Birthday

Sep 23 2010

Maybe you don’t expect to see Confucius commemorated on his birthday in a U.S. public library, but on September 25 that’s what…

Jobs Stimulus Stutters and Echoes

Jobs Stimulus Stutters and Echoes

Sep 16 2010

The Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial is one of many voices saying that President Obama’s stimulus has been less than stimulating for new…

Documenting the Lone Star State

Documenting the Lone Star State

Sep 08 2010

The Texas WPA writers came up against some of the most virulent anti-WPA sentiment anywhere, and it was stoked by a Texas…

Coming to America Stories – Free for a few days

Coming to America Stories – Free for a few days

Sep 02 2010

There’s nothing like hearing it from the horse’s mouth. Listen to Lawrence Meinwald relive the emotional charge he felt seeing the Statue…

When Work Relief was Murder

When Work Relief was Murder

Aug 31 2010

Work relief on a scale as massive as the WPA struck Americans of the 1930s with numbed amazement – it was radically…

Museum Presents Life when the Depression Hit the Pacific Northwest

Museum Presents Life when the Depression Hit the Pacific Northwest

Aug 23 2010

Along the Oregon coast, the landscape and a new exhibit in Cannon Beach point to the ways people made it through a…

Adventures in Animating Real Stories

Adventures in Animating Real Stories

Aug 13 2010

The New York Times recently reported that StoryCorps will release animated short films based on interviews that ordinary people have recorded in…

Decoding Mad Men with Cheever

Decoding Mad Men with Cheever

Jul 26 2010

With Ossining, New York as the locale of Don Draper’s broken home in the TV series Mad Men, notes the New York…