The Sherman Museum announced a new exhibit entitled, “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry”, will be on display at the museum now through April 3, 2017. The traveling exhibit, on loan from the Oklahoma History Center, focuses on devastating drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc to farmersand ranchers of the Great Plains region during the 1930s. The period witnessed amassive exodus of population from the region, with approximately 60 percent of thepopulation moving to other areas, especially to California and the Far West.
“We are pleased to offer this exhibit in our newly renovated building,” noted DanSteelman, Museum Executive Director. “The Dust Bowl was an ecological disaster of the highest order. Fertile farmland turned to dust. This exhibit analyzes the causes of the disaster and suggests what we can learn from the experience.” “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” was organized by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Dr. Jess C. Porter from the University of Arkansasat Little Rock. Part of the exhibit content was drawn from the Oklahoma State University library and features their Women of the Dust Bowl oral histories. Mount Holyoke CollegeLibrary, which houses the Caroline Henderson papers (letters, essays and articles by awoman who farmed throughout the Dust Bowl) were also an inspiration for the exhibit.
The Sherman Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, $2.00 for students (ages 6 to17 and with college ID) and FREE for ages 5 and under and museum members. Discounts are available to groups of 10 or more.
About The Sherman Museum
The Sherman Museum is a non-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting objects of historical significance for visitors and residents of Grayson County and the Greater North Texas Region. The museum was previously known as The Red River Historical Museum prior to a name change in March 2011. For more information about The Sherman Museum contact us at www.theshermanmuseum.org.