Have you checked out 3rd Thursday at Hoover’s yet? These monthly virtual programs are brought to you by the West Branch Public Library in partnership with the Hoover Presidential Foundation. We just posted the information and registration for the January program!
Iowa and the Great Depression
January 19, 2023 6pm
Sometimes called “the worst hard time,” the Great Depression touched every American community and citizen. This talk focuses on how Iowans experienced the 1930s. The presentation will discuss the ways that Iowans survived hard times, and how some residents turned to radical action in response to the ordeal.
The role of government programs, such as the Works Progress Administration the Civilian Conservation Corps, Rural Electric Association, and the Agricultural Adjustment Act, in combatting the Depression in Iowa will also be evaluated. Other aspects of Iowa’s cultural life during this period, such as the flowering of the regionalist school of art, will also be highlighted.
About the Speaker: Park Ranger Peter Hoehnle is a National Park Service guide at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and holds a doctorate in history. He enjoys doing historical research and has been widely published on American communal societies, including volumes on Amana and the Shakers.