minnesota history museum

1930's WPA National Arts Week photo
1930's Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

This Saturday is Museum Day Live (Smithsonian magazine). Here in Minnesota, the Minnesota History Center is offering free admission on Saturday. And, they have the exhibit "1934: A New Deal for Artists". Paintings created under the New Deal's 1934 Public Works of Art Program will be on display. The Public Works of Art Program was the first federal program to support the arts nationally. It is also known as the WPA artworks.
The first photo was taken during WPA national arts week. The bottom photo is WPA Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (This photo is from 1941)


Late 1850's

This weekend we toured the historic Landing, along the Minnesota River Valley. It is an 88 acre museum set-up to show life from the 1840's through the 1890's. The guides are in historical costume and answer questions and demonstrate aspects of daily life 150 years ago. There were also cases lined with antique hats, celluloid hair jewelry, and other accessories.
All of the women's clothing of those times were custom made. They had to be fitted for both their working corsets and their dress corsets.
Shown is a house built in 1845 followed by one built in the late 1850's.


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