The Town of Florence Community Library would like to express a big “Thank You” to the Friends of the Florence Community Library for sponsoring the program, Eating the Depression: New Deal Food. This presentation was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council, and was held at the library on Wednesday, August 17, at 2:00pm.
An enthusiastic audience filled the library’s programming room as presenter Betsy Fahlmann discussed the role of food during the Great Depression and World War II. Fahlmann used photographs taken by the U. S. Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, along with posters and artwork from the era, to show how food brought communities together during hard times.
Library patrons found the presentation informative and interesting. One patron stated that the program “validated the timeless physical and social use of food”. Several of those who attended commented on the relevance of the material. One person observed that a discussion involving hope during hard times is “very important – especially now”.
For more information about the Great Depression, please visit A Dose of Cod Liver Oil: The New Deal in Arizona, available for viewing in Florence at McFarland State Historic Park at 24 West Ruggles Street.