The drought during the 1930s was one of America’s most disastrous environmental experiences. In conjunction with the American Library Association’s “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone By” travelling exhibit currently on display at the NDSU Library, the Fargo Public Library will host a screening of Ken Burns’ documentary The Dust Bowl in two parts at the downtown Main Library this weekend. A screening of part one of the film is set for Saturday, Nov. 1, starting at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the downtown Main Library. Part two of the documentary is set for Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., also at the Main Library. Free popcorn will be served.
In mid-November, the Fargo Public Library will host a presentation by Professor Steve Hoffbeck of the MSU Moorhead History Department titled “The Dust Bowl in the Northern Great Plains.” Scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, the presentation is an illustrated talk about the drought, dust storms, and heat waves in the Upper Midwest during the 1930s. Hoffbeck has taught and written about the suffering of Midwesterners during the Great Depression and the lost tales of the era. Hoffbeck is the author of The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, winner of a Minnesota Book Award; and writes regularly for the “Dakota Datebook” program on Prairie Public Radio. For details about these events, contact Lori West at (701) 476-5977 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a list of upcoming events, call the Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.
Funding for the American Library Association’s “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone By” travelling exhibit is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).