Photographing Poverty
Saturday, April 5, 2014; 2 p.m.
Historic Oak View County Park welcomes two speakers to explore how poverty is documented through photographs.
First, Dr. F. Jack Hurley, Professor Emeritus at the University of Memphis, will focus on the photographers who produced the much-acclaimed FSA photographs on which our exhibit is based, as well as the historical significance of these particular photographs in the modern understanding of the Great Depression.

Secondly, Travis Long, an award-winning photojournalist with The [Raleigh] News & Observer, will discuss specific photographs on display in the park's exhibit "In Search of a New Deal: Images of North Carolina, 1935–1941" and how the Farm Security Administration's work during the Great Depression continues to influence approaches to documentary photography. He will compare contrast challenges faced by FSA photographers and modern photojournalists and will display recent photographs from North Carolina that explore some of the same themes documented by the FSA during the Great Depression.

Long's photographs and documentary video work have garnered dozens of state, national and international awards, including top honors this year from the North Carolina Press Photographers Association for his documentary project "Seeing the Invisible: A yearlong look at North Carolina poverty."
Film Screening: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Saturday, May 3, 2014; 1 p.m.
Based on the “American Girl” series of dolls and books, Kit Kittredge (played by Abigail Breslin) is a young girl living in the struggles of the Great Depression. Living in a boarding house with her parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kit has a passion for writing and dreams of having her work published someday. Join us to watch the movie, and enjoy some free popcorn and lemonade, too! Bring your own American Girl doll (or any doll you'd like!) if you wish.
Folk Festival
Saturday, June 7, 2014; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Join us for an event focusing on 1930s crafts and activities with 2 performances of live music from the era! Also, it's your last chance to see the exhibit on display!
(Stay tuned! More information to come as we finalize exhibitors and activities)  


Groups can pre-register for tours of the exhibition which will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from February 11 through June 5. (No tours scheduled Fridays-Mondays, which are reserved as days for the public and individuals to enjoy the exhibition.)

Tours normally cost $15 per group, but because of the special nature of the exhibition, we are waiving the fee! But hurry – space is limited (only one tour per day) and tours are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

These tours are geared toward an audience in upper-elementary (5th) grades and up, and are perfect for homeschool groups, history clubs, Boy or Girl Scout groups, adult groups and senior centers!