The Great Depression came to farmers in the fall of 1920 and only ended with the start of America’s involvement in World War II. When the farm economy collapsed, the entire state economy collapsed, with businesses failing and declining revenues limiting the state government’s ability to function. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal saved farming, but also created a greater dependency upon government subsidies. We’ll dive into these topics and more when we welcome Dr. Chuck Vollan to the museum to discuss our newest exhibit in the museum. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.
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