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SCSU hosts �Soul of a People� series

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Federal Writers' Project display

Federal Writers' Project display, New York Times National Book Fair, 1937. Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration.

In conjunction with “Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story,” a major television documentary about the Federal Writer’s Project, SCSU will host a series of programs, the first to be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. - noon at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud.

The Federal Writers’ Project was a section of President Franklin Roosevelt’s mammoth Works Progress Administration, designed to get America back to work after the Depression. It was responsible for the American Guide Series of travel guides for every state and for interviews with former slaves and thousands of citizens all across the U.S. in the 1930s. Many writers from the project later became famous, among them Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, Studs Terkel and Eudora Welty.

The first program in the series is a panel discussion about Minnesota artists under the Works Progress Administration and Federal Writers’ Project. Panelists include art historian Tom O’Sullivan, historic preservationist Dr. William Morgan, and American Literature professor Dr. Constance Perry.  

Find information on the entire program series at the Miller Center events website  or call 320-308-2202.

“Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story” was produced by Spark Media, Washington, D.C., and broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel HD.  "Soul of a People” programs are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.

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