Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination

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

While we experience a bit of a lull on the Outer Banks during the winter months, it is exhibit production season at the Outer Banks History Center. We are all busy preparing for the debut of Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination.

Planting Wire-Grass, Jockey's Ridge, Nags Head, NC, July 1927

Planting Wire-Grass, Jockey’s Ridge, Nags Head, NC, July 1927

The 1930s brought about much change in Dare County as new roads and bridges connected it with the outside world. The increase in visitation and ease of access spurred a building boom of hotels, snack bars, beach clubs, dance halls and service stations — all ready to cater to the traveling public.

Dare Countians and those with ties to the area were eager to extol its virtues and to capitalize on its status as the Land of Beginnings. The Wright Brothers National Memorial was constructed and dedicated as a tribute to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s invention of flight at Kill Devil Hill.  Paul Green introduced the world to outdoor drama with his The Lost Colony, which debuted in 1937,  a memorial to the memory of Sir Walter Raleigh’s ill-fated colonists.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs were in full swing along the banks as workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) undertook a massive sand-fixation project that changed the look and character of the area’s famed beaches.  Dare County in the 1930s: A Decade of Determination will show how these events helped shape the area’s future..

Join us for the opening reception, Friday evening March 1, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Dare County in the 1930s: A Decade of Determination will be on display through – October 15.

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.

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