Striking at the depth of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl blasted the hopes and hard work of people in the Great Plains. For those who lived through it, the experience was unmatched as an example of ecological calamity and a test of personal will. Today it is difficult for younger generations to comprehend what happened, but The Dust Bowl can bridge the gap between generations and promote understanding of the pioneering will to prevail in the face of immutable laws of nature.
In the 1930s, photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) captured unforgettable images of human fortitude in the face of despair. Nebraska photographer Bill Ganzel set out in the late 1970s to find and re-photograph Dust Bowl survivors for a book and exhibition. The Dust Bowl combines FSA photographs and Ganzel’s interviews to create an eloquent story of human perseverance. Panel topics include:
The Dust Bowl is an exhibition organized by the Nebraska Council for the Humanities in collaboration with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
|Content||16 single-sided panels (38” x 30”)|
16 support legs (74” tall)
|Space Requirements||230 square feet of floor space (15’ x 15’ or 27’ x 9’), 4 freestanding kiosks of 3' x 3' each|
|Shipping weight and dimensions||Travels in 3 plastic cases:|
|Rental Period||4 weeks|
*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.
A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:
The Dust Bowl press release.
A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.
Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.
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