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Depression Era Artwork Unveiled at Park

Sitka National Historical Park

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To combat unemployment and boost the rock bottom economy of the Great Depression, the federal government's Works Progress Administration (WPA) put millions of Americans to work on construction projects all over the country. Less well known are the WPA cultural projects that put unemployed musicians, writers and artists to work. Sitka National Historical Park historian Kristen Griffin will present a program titled Picturing the Great Depression: Sitka and the Alaska Art Project. The program will describe the little known WPA "Alaska Art Project" which sent teams of artists to Alaska in 1937. An Alaska Art Project painting of Sitka that was recently donated to Sitka National Historical Park will be unveiled during this program. Part of the annual ?Cabin Fever Reliever? series, the free program begins at 7 p.m., Friday March 10, in the park Visitor Center.



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