New exhibit puts today’s headlines in perspective

During the Great Depression, New Deal programs brought relief to America’s poor and helped stabilize its economy. Find out how at “Uncle Sam’s New Deal,” a new exhibit at Carver County Historical Society, opening Saturday, March 23.

“Uncle Sam’s New Deal” illuminates the federal government’s role in reviving Minnesota communities 70 years ago. Photography, interviews and New Deal film footage allow us to see how “Uncle Sam” has lead efforts to simulate Minnesota’s communities in the past.

This exhibit was created by Minnesota Landmarks in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be traveling to venues throughout Minnesota.

Established in 1940, the Carver County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Carver County. Located at 555 West First Street, across from Bayview Elementary School, in Waconia, the museum houses five local history exhibits, a veterans’ exhibit and a local history and genealogy library. There is no charge to visit the museum or library.

The Minnesota Historical Society Traveling Exhibits Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Minnesota History Center is part of the Minnesota Historical Society, a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to help illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.

  • Reality

    Yes, let’s learn from history. The New Deal, imposed upon America in the Thirty’s by the Democrat-Progressive President FD Roosevelt, is very much like what is imposed upon America today: As the advisor to the President said, “We shall tax and tax, spend and spend, and elect and elect” (Harry Hopkins, 1933). This meant decades of increased government intervention, increased taxation, increased regulations. The New Deal mired America in a depression that lasted beyond 1947, when American industry finally out-paced government intrusion and restrictive policies were rolled back by free-thinking Americans. For further information, read “How the New Deal Crippled Capitalism.”