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Boyd Gallery

 

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry: The Dust Bowl & Great Depression is a traveling exhibit originally organized by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Dr. Jess C. Porter from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It traveled to twenty-five sites across the US and is now in the permanent care of the Oklahoma History Center traveling exhibits program.

 

Part of the exhibit content was drawn from the Oklahoma State University library and features their Women of the Dust Bowl oral histories (visitors will find QR codes throughout the exhibit that link to these oral histories). Mount Holyoke College Library, which houses the Caroline Henderson papers (letters, essays, and articles by a woman who farmed throughout the Dust Bowl) was also an inspiration for the exhibit.

 

This exhibit will engage visitors as they learn about the human and ecological consequences of one of America’s most disastrous environmental experiences. Artifacts from the Fort Smith Museum of History archive collection will be on display as representations of the era, supporting the storytelling aspect of the lingering effects of the Great Depression as described in Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry. 

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry: The Dust Bowl & Great Depression runs from May 30, 2024- August 31, 2024. 

Our Exhibits

  • FSMH 2024 Children’s Summer Programming: Helpers, Hero’s, and History
    FSMH 2024 Children’s Summer Programming: Helpers, Hero’s, and History
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Jun 20
    Fort Smith
    Jun 20, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Fort Smith, 320 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
    It’s BACK! The Fort Smith Museum of History’s annual Children’s Summer Programming begins Thursday, June 6 and continues each Thursday during the month of June from 10:00 am- 11:30 am.
  • The Hidden Meaning and Secrets of Cemetery Symbols
    The Hidden Meaning and Secrets of Cemetery Symbols
    Tue, Jul 02
    Fort Smith
    Jul 02, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Fort Smith, 320 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
    A program featuring a discussion and presentation of 19th century graveyard and gravestone symbolism with FSMH Board member, Marcus Woodward.
  • Christmas In July--VIP Party
    Christmas In July--VIP Party
    Thu, Jul 11
    Fort Smith
    Jul 11, 2024, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Fort Smith, 101-115 N 10th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
    Tickets at Eventbrite.com Join us for an unforgettable evening on Thursday, July 11th from 6:30pm to 10pm as we celebrate the holiday season in style at The Bricks at Brunwick. Experience the magic of the season with festive decor, del
  • Christmas In July--Sip & Shop
    Christmas In July--Sip & Shop
    Fri, Jul 12
    Fort Smith
    Jul 12, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Fort Smith, 101-115 N 10th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
    Find tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com
  • Christmas In July--Vendor Shopping
    Christmas In July--Vendor Shopping
    Sat, Jul 13
    Fort Smith
    Jul 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Fort Smith, 101-115 N 10th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
    Get ready for a day filled with holiday cheer and fabulous finds as you browse through a wide array of vendors offering unique gifts, home decor, fashion, and more! From 10am to 5pm on Saturday, July 13th, indulge in a shopping extravaganza unlike any other.
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