Sunday, December 28, 2008

See photos of New Deal structures in 2009

Now that we're talking about the "new" New Deal in Wyoming, it's a good time to note that we just marked the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt's original New Deal in 2007-2008. It featured a number of events around the state, including celebrations of historic structures built in the 1930s.

Richard Collier, my colleague at Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, has documented some of these historic structures in an exhibit of 14 large-format black-and-white photographs. The photos depict Wyoming Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Program Administration sites.

Among the structures chronicled in the photographs are the museum and castle at Guernsey State Park in Platte County (just north of us along I-25), a band shell in Lingle and a swimming pool in Veteran (both in Goshen County northeast of here) and the Wardwell Hanger in Bar Nunn (Natrona County).

The exhibit is scheduled to be displayed in 2009 at the following Wyoming locations:

January: Park County Library, 1057 Sheridan Ave., Cody
February: Weston County Library, 23 West Main St., Newcastle
April: Sublette County Library, 144 South Tyler Ave., Pinedale

Any entity interested in hosting the traveling exhibit should contact Nancy Weidel at 307-777-3418 or

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