Images of Depression-Era Work in Kansas Post Office Murals

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August 16, 2013, 7:00 PM CT

Presented by Lorraine Madway

Between 1936 and 1942, the federal government's Fine Arts Section of the Procurement Division of the Treasury Department partnered with local citizens in Kansas and professional artists and architects to select images for post office murals. The murals portrayed the workers, scenic landscapes, and heritage of the state and celebrated the productivity of local citizens during the Great Depression. Learn how the resulting heroic, if not fully accurate, depictions of agriculture, industry, and state history preserved local autonomy while projecting the New Deal values of optimism and communal progress.

Frances Sewell Plamann History Center
701 Oregon Street
Hiawatha, KS 66434
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Sponsored by: Brown County Historical Society

For more information about this event, please contact:
Eric Oldham
(785) 742-3330