Conversations with Jan – The W.P.A.

Below is the text of a press release I wrote today for our upcoming event, “Conversations with Jan”. If you’re going to be around, stop on in and take part in the discussion.


Do you wonder how the Great Depression compares with the economic troubles we are experiencing today? President Barack Obama has mentioned public work programs as part of his economic stimulus plans. During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented the Works Progress Administration (also called Work Projects Administration or W.P.A.), which employed people in a wide variety of jobs, from building structures to gathering oral histories.

Jan Warner, Executive Director of the Morrison County Historical Society, will be leading a series of informal discussions about the Works Progress Administration during “Conversations with Jan.” Warner, with the assistance of attendees, is particularly interested in exploring the local activities of the W.P.A. “Conversations with Jan” will take place at 1:30 p.m. every Friday in February (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls, MN. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, call 320-632-4007 or email contactstaff (at) morrisoncountyhistory (dot) org.

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