Great Depression, Dust Bowl exhibition displayed through Aug. 14

Vincent Marshall
Dodge City Daily Globe
Documented photographs from the Great Depression feature photos such as Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, Dorothea Lange, November 1940, US Farm Security Administration, now through Aug. 14 at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma.

MONTEZUMA – After a call for western Kansas exhibitors, the Stauth Memorial Museum has held the Dorothea Lange’s America: Photographs of the Great Depression exhibit since June with it concluding on Saturday, Aug. 14.

The documentary photos by Lange feature pieces such as White Angel Breadline, Migratory Farm Worker, and, most famously, Migrant Mother; a photograph that came to personify pride and resilience in the face of abject poverty in 1930s America, according to Stauth Museum director Kim Legleiter.

Along with the work by Lange, many local residents submitted pieces for the exhibit.

Woman in Trailer Camp, California, Dorothea Lange, 1940, US Farm Security Administration is a piece of the Dorthea Lange collection on the Great Depression on display at Stauth Memorial Museum along with pieces submitted by local residents.

From Montezuma, Marsha Koehn submitted a 1933 Star Quilt that her grandpa, Reuben Schmidt, won at the Methodist Church Women’s Raffle and a collection of papers from the Homestead School 1901-1941.

Legleiter brought furniture passed down from her family that are still used today, a Cox family children's rocking chair and Woolwine family handmade bassinet.

Carrie Nichols displayed a floral plate and platter remaining from a full set won by her parents at a local store.

Family photos from the Crump family and Palmer family are being shown by Al and Kim Olinger.

A cream can ladle and chamber pot including the lid was brought by June Smith as well as a rolling pin and waterfall buffet by Claude and Donalda Stauth and a pink Depression Glass dish from Connie Yost.

Susan Williams shared some printed stories of family members who lived through the Great Depression and Dust Bowl along with a copy of The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History book which has family photos from 1930 near Garden City.

From Sublette, Denton Unruh displayed a large framed photo from the Green Family Collection of children wearing goggles that was used in the Ken Burns PBS documentary and book, The Dust Bowl; An Illustrated History.

From Meade, Heather Urich showed school photos of family in Fitchville, Ohio, while Bobby Woolwine of Dodge City, displayed family ration books from WWII, 1920 book of townships of Ford County and a 1919 Ford County property map.

The Stauth Museum asks to call in advance for groups of five or more with tours and groups welcome by appointment.

Contact 620-846-2527 for information or to set up a tour.

Hours for the Stauth Museum, 111 N Aztec Street in Montezuma, are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

They are open Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

They are closed on Mondays and all major holidays.

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for the exhibit.

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