Food is the topic of discussion at the Florence Community Library! On Wednesday, August 17 at 2:00 pm, the library is hosting Eating the Depression: New Deal Food, presented by Betsy Fahlmann. This presentation focuses on the role of food in daily life during the Great Depression.
Fahlmann, author of New Deal Art in Arizona, traces the evolving function of food in society, from the “Black Tuesday” stock market crash of 1929 through the Depression and World War II. Drawing on a wealth of photographs taken by the Farm Security Administration, she shows how food brought communities together during these “hungry years”. She will also discuss how food was used to build morale during the war years, with posters and artwork portraying a well-fed population ready to win the war.
This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council, and sponsored by the Friends of the Florence Community Library. For more information, please contact the library at (520) 868 – 8311.
Those wishing to know more about the Great Depression are encouraged to visit A Dose of Cod Liver Oil: The New Deal in Arizona, which is on display through Friday, August 26, at the McFarland State Historic Park at 24 W. Ruggles Street.