Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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20160318 ENT Depression eraEDINBURG – The Museum of South Texas History will present “Photographs of South Texas in the Great Depression” at 2 p.m. in the Courtyard Gallery on Sunday, March 20.

 The program will provide a slideshow overview of images of the region created through the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Photographers from this government agency crisscrossed the United States to document life during the Great Depression and to support New Deal programs to alleviate poverty. Several of the agency’s photographers took images in South Texas, particularly the lower Rio Grande Valley.

 “The photos made under the Farm Security Administration are an extraordinary part of our national heritage,” notes Lisa Adam, MOSTH curator of collections. “Their work in South Texas, particularly, presents both the hardships of the Great Depression as well as the dignity of the people affected by it.”

 In addition to scenes of farm laborers and migrants, the South Texas images also include views of packing sheds, government agencies at work in the region, and town and home life. At the conclusion of the program, visitors will learn how to access these photographs and others, and why they are available through public domain. The museum will also offer as door prizes three South Texas photographs from the FSA collection, printed and suitable for framing.