Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination

[This blog post comes from Sarah Downing of the Outer Banks History Center.]

The Outer Banks History Center is busy preparing for the debut of a new exhibit, Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination. Despite the Great Depression, the 1930s were times of great change in Dare County.  The Wright Memorial Bridge opened the area to automobile traffic while new hotels catered to the traveling public. Workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) literally changed the landscape by constructing sand dunes.  The Kill Devil Hills National Memorial (now Wright Brothers National Memorial) was dedicated while the county saw its first local newspaper, public library, airport, and fishing pier.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt came to witness the birth of outdoor symphonic drama at the Waterside Theater with the debut of Paul Green’s The Lost Colony. Dare County in the 1930s: A Decade of Determination will show how these events helped shape the area’s future.

We are especially interested in interpreting the work of the CCC and WPA, so we are currently looking for artifacts to help tell that story.  If you have a uniform, cap, patch or any other CCC artifacts, please contact Sarah Downing at the History Center.

Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination opens Friday evening March 1, 2013.  Join us for a free reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. that is open to the public.  We hope you can make it for this special event.

For more information about the Outer Banks History Center, call (252) 473-2655, e-mail obhc@ncdcr.gov   or visit http://www.obhistorycenter.ncdcr.gov.  The Outer Banks History Center is a regional archives and research library administered by the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources.  The Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, a 501(c) 3 organization, provides ongoing support to the center through volunteer and financial assistance.

Image from the Fred Fearing Scrapbook Collection

Image from the Fred Fearing Scrapbook Collection

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