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Discovery Room 18: The Great Depression

Discovery Room 18

This exhibit describes the extreme poverty that devastated West Virginia during the Great Depression and the effects of President Franklin's New Deal programs. Topics include the work of Mary Behner, a Presbyterian missionary along Scotts Run near Morgantown; the town of Arthurdale, the first federal resettlement community in the nation; the benefits of rural electrification, which improved women's lives, in particular; and the work of the WPA (Works Progress Administration and Works Projects Administration) and the Civilian Conservation Corps, which constructed many of West Virginia's current state parks. Another exhibit discusses the nation's deadliest industrial disasters - the construction of Hawks Nest Tunnel. This room features an AV presentation. (AV - Running Time 4:19)

Special Thanks!
Videos courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki
Narrator: Beth Vorhees


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THE SHOWPATH
BREAKDOWN

DISCOVERY ROOM 1
AN ANCIENT LAND

DISCOVERY ROOM 2
PREHISTORIC PEOPLE

DISCOVERY ROOM 3
CONFLICT AND SETTLEMENT

DISCOVERY ROOM 4
FRONTIER LIFE

DISCOVERY ROOM 5
JOHN BROWN'S RAID

DISCOVERY ROOM 6
THE WAR WITHIN A STATE

DISCOVERY ROOM 7
THE CASE FOR STATEHOOD

DISCOVERY ROOM 8
THE BIG CITY

DISCOVERY ROOM 9
THE FAMILY FARM

DISCOVERY ROOM 10
THE COMPANY STORE

DISCOVERY ROOM 11
CHANGING ROLES OF WOMEN

DISCOVERY ROOM 12
TRAINS AND RAILROADS

DISCOVERY ROOM 13
BOATS AND RIVERS

DISCOVERY ROOM 14
INDUSTRIALIZATION

DISCOVERY ROOM 15
THE MINING LIFE

DISCOVERY ROOM 16
THE STATE CAPITOL

DISCOVERY ROOM 17
IT'S NOT ALL WORK

DISCOVERY ROOM 18
THE GREAT DEPRESSION

DISCOVERY ROOM 19
THE MINE WARS

DISCOVERY ROOM 20
WEST VIRGINIANS AT WAR

DISCOVERY ROOM 21
LATE 20th CENTURY

DISCOVERY ROOM 22
CELEBRATING WEST VIRGINIA

DISCOVERY ROOM 23
FROM HERE TO THERE

DISCOVERY ROOM 24
PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

DISCOVERY ROOM 25
A LEGACY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

DISCOVERY ROOM 26
TRADITIONS OF MUSIC