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"This Great Nation Will Endure", Farm Security Administration Photographs from the FDR Museum and Library, A Poughkeepsie Read 2015 Event

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"This Great Nation Will Endure",  Farm Security Administration Photographs from the FDR Museum and Library, A Poughkeepsie Read 2015 Event

Time: October 5, 2015 at 9:30am to October 31, 2015 at 5:30pm
Location: The Howland Public Library
Street: 313 Main Street
City/Town: Beacon, NY 12508
Website or Map: http://www.beaconlibrary.org
Phone: 845-831-1134
Event Type: exhibit
Organized By: Michelle Rivas
Latest Activity: Oct 5, 2015

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This October, the Howland Public Library will once again be partnering with the Adriance Library for their month long “The Poughkeepsie Read” program. This year’s program is a celebration of John Steinbeck's classic Depression era novel, “The Grapes of Wrath”. As part of the event, the Howland Public Library will present  two exhibitions celebrating the artform of documentary photography.

The first exhibit, “This Great Nation Will Endure”, is a two part display of Farm Security Administration photographs on loan from Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. The FDR Library reproduced sets of iconic FSA photographs from their collection for this special traveling exhibit.  Part one, Female Photographers/Female Subjects will be on display from October 4th through 16th.  Part two, Work/ Unemployment, will be on display from October 19th through 31st.  

Created in 1935 as part of The New Deal, The Farm Security Administration was an agency whose mission was to combat rural poverty during the Great Depression. As part of the program’s Information Division, photographers were hired to document the living conditions of poor farmers. Led by Roy E. Stryker, the FSA photographers adopted the goal of “introducing America to Americans.” The FSA photographers, including Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks are credited with the development of the art of documentary photography.  These iconic photos are considered a national treasure.

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