FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 24, 2015) – The Judith J. Carrier Library at the Tarrant County College Southeast campus has been selected as one of 25 sites nationwide to host “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” an exhibition about the devastating Dust Bowl period in the United States.
The traveling exhibition, which runs through Oct. 23, focuses on the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s and explores the environmental and cultural consequences that followed. Drought, combined with poor farming practices, was credited with causing fertile farms to turn to dust.
“The Dust Bowl was one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history,” said Jo Klemm, director of library services. “We are proud that the Judith J. Carrier Library was selected to help make the public more aware of this important event. This exhibition delves into the history and geography behind the Dust Bowl and also provides a human element. Through the words of the survivors themselves, we learn what it was like to live through such a difficult time.”
“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” includes a series of free library programs featuring lectures and film screenings. The exhibition and programs feature several overlapping humanities themes: the nature of the connection between humans and nature, the many ways human beings respond to adversity and how people understood and described their experiences living through the Dust Bowl.
The exhibition was organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Oklahoma State University Library and the Mount Holyoke College Library. It was made possible in part by a major grant from the national Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
TCC Southeast is located at 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours.
For further information and a schedule of events, visit http://blogs.tccd.edu/southeastlibrary/.