Wyoming Arts Council

New Deal-inspired photos to tour Wyoming

From a Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources press release:

A traveling exhibit featuring the photos of New Deal inspired Wyoming projects will be on display at venues throughout the state beginning next month.

The exhibit, celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the New Deal, features 14 large-format contemporary black-and-white photographs taken by Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources photographer Richard Collier. Wyoming Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Program Administration sites are depicted in the Collier photographs.

The New Deal, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s massive Depression-era program to put Americans back to work, resulted in an alphabet soup of federal programs. Millions of people took part in these programs resulting in a myriad of projects. Americans planted trees, created parks and zoos, wrote plays, recorded histories, created paintings and photographs, and built highways, bridges, dams, courthouses, schools and stadiums.

Among the structures chronicled in the photographs are the Museum and Castle at Guernsey State Park, a band shell in Lingle, a swimming pool in Veteran and the Wardwell Hanger in Bar Nunn.

The exhibit is currently scheduled to be on display at the following locations:

  • August-September, Carbon County Library, 215 Buffalo Street, Rawlins
  • October–November, Uinta County Museum, 36 10th Street, Evanston
  • December, Fremont County Library, 1330 West Park, Riverton
  • January, Park County Library, 1057 Sheridan Ave., Cody
  • February, Weston County Library, 23 West Main St., Newcastle
  • April, Sublette County Library, 144 South Tyler Ave., Pinedale

If interested in hosting the traveling exhibit during the coming year, please contact Nancy Weidel at 777-3418 or nweide@state.wy.us.

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