This weekend the Door County Historical Museum will feature a display of items relating to the Great Depression. Hours are Saturday and Sunday June 15 & 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Museum is looking for information if you lived during the 1930s and early 1940s and remember how the depression affected your family. Money was scarce and times were tough. Do you have recipes that your mom made when some ingredients were scarce? What types of entertainment do you remember? Did your family wear clothing made from feed or sacks? What else did your family do without to get by? Did any of your family find jobs with the WPA or CCC working on local buildings or highways? The museum building was completed in 1939 as a result of funding from the WPA.
If you have any artifacts or photos that represent that period or would be willing to write a short paragraph or two of your memories it would be greatly appreciated. Photos can be scanned and returned and items can be loaned if you do not want to part with them.
The following weekend, June 22 & 23 the display will change to the decade of the 1940s and World War II which created jobs and gradually eased the depression. This display was begun last year and new items have been added, thanks to contributions by people with memories or artifacts of that time period in Door County.
Please call 920-743-5809, e-mail DCMuseum@co.door.wi.us or stop by any day between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. if you have items for either of these programs.
Admission to the museum is free but donations are welcome to benefit museum exhibits and programming.