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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…

Birth of the Reality Show

Birth of the Reality Show

Jul 09 2010

You could call the Federal Writers’ Project the first reality show, with contestants thrown together from all walks of life vying for…

Seeing Where WPA Materials Lead Library Patrons

Seeing Where WPA Materials Lead Library Patrons

Jul 01 2010

There’s a round-up of experiences and lessons from the recent series of events in 29 libraries across the country here, based on…

Works in Philadelphia

Works in Philadelphia

Jun 21 2010

I look forward to the free event at the Free Library in Philly next week, June 29 at 7:30 pm. Philadelphia Speaks…

WPA Guides and Cities of the Imagination – Part 2

WPA Guides and Cities of the Imagination – Part 2

Jun 04 2010

Across the country, WPA guides were coming out to a publicity blitz. The guide to California was considered strong enough to become…