Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dust Bowl Series Talk

Women's Stories of Survival is the title of this Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry series talk given by Angie Fitzpatrick, Assistant Director of Women's and Gender Studies at CCU.

In the 1930s, record-breaking droughts and dust storms wreaked havoc on the southern plains, destroying farms and displacing families. While the Dust Bowl has captivated American audiences for decades, women's accounts of these historic events have often been overlooked. This lecture explores the experiences of the women who survived the devastation of the Dust Bowl and lived to tell the tale.

The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry series is a national traveling exhibition about the Dust Bowl, the disastrous drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s. As part of the exhibition, Kimbel Library hosted programs that connect the Dust Bowl of the Midwest to Horry County.

The talk took place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in Edwards Recital Hall. Kimbel Library was selected as one of only 25 libraries in the country to host this exhibit, which was developed by the American Library Association and the libraries of Oklahoma State University and Mount Holyoke College, and was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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