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Discovery Room 18: The Great Depression

Discovery Room 18



The Great Depression hit West Virginia as hard as it did the rest of the country. Extreme poverty devastated families and towns. Yet look around this Discovery Room and you will see the resolution of West Virginians who were ready to work, and the positive effects of some of that spirit. The hard work and fine craftsmanship of some of that work can still be seen today.

For instance, did you know that Arthurdale, in Preston County, is one of the finest examples still today of the resettlement communities of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal Program. Or that many of our wonderful state parks were built during this time. Look at the cabins and stonework in the pictures here, and you will see they are still standing, and sturdy, today. Electricity reached rural communities during this time. Iceboxes, electric mixers, and yes, even irons made housework easier for women in the country and the city.

Discovery Room 18

Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees

Continue to Explore, or return to the preview homepage:

Discovery Room 1
1: An Ancient Land
Discovery Room 2
2: Prehistoric People
Discovery Room 3
3: Conflict and Settlement
Discovery Room 4
4: Frontier Life
Discovery Room 5
5: John Brown's Raid
Discovery Room 6
6: The War within a State
Discovery Room 7
7: The Case for Statehood
Discovery Room 8
8: The Big City
Discovery Room 9
9: The Family Farm
Discovery Room 10
10: The Company Store
Discovery Room 11
11: Changing Roles of Women
Discovery Room 12
12: Trains and Railroads
Discovery Room 13
13: Boats and Rivers
Discovery Room 14
14: Industrialization
Discovery Room 15
15: The Mining Life
Discovery Room 16
16: The State Capitol
Discovery Room 17
17: It's Not all Work
Discovery Room 18
18: The Great Depression
Discovery Room 19
19: The Mine Wars
Discovery Room 20
20: West Virginians at War
Discovery Room 21
21: Late 20th Century
Discovery Room 22
22: Celebrating West Virginia
Discovery Room 23
23: From Here to There
Discovery Room 24
24: Painting and Sculpture
Discovery Room 25
25: A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Discovery Room 26
26: Traditions of Music

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Operating Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

***Closed Sundays and Mondays***

Closed all National Holidays except Memorial Day weekend

Admission is free

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