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Washington State History Museum

Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression

The 1929 Wall Street collapse plunged Americans into a period of great uncertainty as unemployment skyrocketed, banks failed, and housing foreclosures hit record highs. President Herbert Hoover put it succinctly: "About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends."

Hope in Hard Times shares how ordinary people worked for change in their communities, pulling together to find ways to deal with the crisis. A billy club used during the 1934 "Battle of Smith Cove," WPA artifacts, and everyday items are among some of the objects showcased in this exhibition. The paintings and sketches of Ronald Debs Ginther, also featured in the exhibition, comprise one of the most complete visual records of the Great Depression.

Bring a box or can of food to the museum to help feed the needy in our communities throughout Washington State. All food donations benefit Northwest Harvest. Boxes for donations are at our main entrance, and will be there throughout the exhibit's run. You can drop off non-perishable food items during our regular museum hours as often as you'd like.


location

Washington State History Museum, 5th Floor

admission

$9.50 for adults, $7.00 for seniors (60+), military, students (with ID), youth (6-17), FREE for children 5 and under and members. Admission price includes access to all museum exhibits.






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