NEW TRAVELING EXHIBIT EXPLORES WASHINGTONIANS' DEPRESSION-ERA STORIES

"Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression," opens April 14 and runs through July 7 at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History. This exhibit focuses on the adversity and triumph of everyday Americans, comparing the struggles of the 1930s with those faced today.

"The exhibit looks at real people dealing with tough times. In our current recession, this exhibit reminds us we are not alone, our fortunes are interconnected and we get through hardships as a community. Hope in Hard Times emphasizes that hope exists in all times," said Humanities Washington Executive Director Julie Ziegler.

The exhibit is built around 10 interpretive panels featuring stories, photographs and artwork from Washington's Depression-era past. Augmenting the exhibit will be a variety of unique programs produced locally for the Port Townsend community, including a presentation on 1930s movies by film critic Robert Horton June 20. In addition, JCHS has created a local component of the exhibit that illustrates Jefferson County life in the 1930s.

JCHS executive director Bill Tennent said, "We were very pleased to have been selected to receive this traveling exhibit. It gives us an opportunity to compare Jefferson County with the rest of the state during the Great Depression. We're asking folks to come to the opening and bring a can of food for one of Jefferson County's food banks. "

Hope in Hard Times was developed in partnership with Humanities Washington and the Washington State Historical Society, and will travel to eight communities around the state over the next two years.

The official opening will be at 2:00 p.m. on April 14. The ribbon cutting will be done by Roger Loney, manager of Port Townsend Paper Corporation. JCHS Board President Julie Marston said, "Roger is the perfect person to open the exhibit since it was the mill that helped us through the Depression."

Location

Jefferson Museum of Art and History
540 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA, 98368
United States
48° 6' 57.7692" N, 122° 45' 12.5316" W
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Jefferson Museum of Art and History
540 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA, 98368