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SIOUX CITY IN 30S & 40S

SIOUX CITY IN THE 1930S AND 1940S: ONE BOOK ONE SIOUXLAND EVENT

The Sioux City Public Museum’s retired curator, Grace Linden, will present the fascinating history of Great Depression years, the 1930s and 1940s, in Sioux City. Like much of the United States and like the situations in John Steinbeck’s novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” Sioux City’s economy was in a state of disarray after the stock market crash of 1929. Thanks to assistance from the federal government with building programs like the CCC and WPA, Sioux Cityans were put to work on major infrastructure improvements in the 1930s. These improvements included new schools, stadiums, roads, and parks that soon dotted the landscape. World War II, in the 1940s, would eventually mobilize the United States economy and bring Sioux City out of the Great Depression. Sioux City was home to an important Army Airbase, and many of Sioux City’s businesses transitioned to wartime production. The defeat of the Axis powers in 1945 ushered in a new era of growth and building for Sioux City. Adequate time will be given for discussion and questions. This program will be an exciting addition to the One Book One Siouxland program.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4; 10:30 A.M. TO NOON
Location: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L416/417, Entrance 11
Fee: No charge / Max: 100
Lifelong Learning membership not required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2218-09 

 

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