‘The Worst Hard Time’ Community Discussion Feb. 10

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The “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry” exhibit at Mesa Public Library will be shown in Los Alamos until Feb. 20, before it travels on to its next location. Only 25 locations were chosen to host the exhibit, which is being shown here thanks to a grant from the American Library Association.

In conjunction with the Library’s exhibit, the Los Alamos chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host two sessions to discuss the book “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan, tomorrow, Feb. 10. Each session will include a tour of the exhibit and an introduction to the book by a member of AAUW. The afternoon session will start at 1 p.m. and the evening discussion will start at 6:30 p.m., upstairs. Anyone interested in the Dust Bowl topic is welcome to attend, whether they have read the book or not.

Much of the material in this exhibit was gathered from the letters of Caroline Henderson and from the archives of Mount Holyoke College, where Caroline Henderson was a student, and from Oklahoma State University. AAUW member Judy Prono will also comment on those writings about farming in the Oklahoma Panhandle during the 1930s.

The Los Alamos chapter of the AAUW has two book groups, one which reads fiction and one which reads non-fiction, as well as a policy discussion group.

The exhibit is accompanied by a locally-produced exhibit called “Then and Now” which shows the power of photography to track environmental change. “Then and Now” was created by local environmentalists Terry Foxx and John Hogan.

Nearly 2000 people have visited these exhibits to date. Among those visitors there were 5 high school classes, dozens of people at the film showings of “The Dust Bowl” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” more than 70 at the “All In, Down and Out” Chautauqua, and nearly 50 at the presentation on tree mortality with Dr. Nate McDowell.

An additional program in conjunction with the exhibit will be held at the Bradbury Science Museum auditorium on Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. “Climate Prisms: Understanding Climate Change for All” will be presented by three of the principal creators of an exhibit of the same name at the Bradbury.

The exhibit is accompanied by a locally-produced exhibit called “Then and Now” which shows the power of photography to track environmental change. “Then and Now” was created by local environmentalists Terry Foxx and John Hogan.

“Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry” was created by the American Library Association, with help from the archives at Oklahoma State University Library and Mt. Holyoke College Library, and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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