Visitors invited to learn about the WPA and Minnesota’s Greatest Generation

Programs on Minnesota’s Greatest Generation and the Works Project Administration (WPA) will be open to the public Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Charles Lindbergh Historic Site.

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation lived through the pivotal decades of the Depression, the War and the Boom. Their contributions during difficult times leave a lasting legacy for future generations. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” included many programs designed to get America back to work. The WPA had a large presence in Little Falls, specifically at the boyhood home of famous aviator, Charles A. Lindbergh.

The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and Lindbergh State Park will be working cooperatively to bring this event to the public. Throughout the day, programs will be available for visitors to learn more about the New Deal and its impact at both the historic site and state park. Visitors can see living history demonstrations of WPA workers and their projects, take a guided walking tour which highlights original WPA buildings and can view period-appropriate 1930s New Deal films in the visitor center theater.

At 1 p.m., Minnesota author, Paul M. Sailer, will speak on his book, “The Oranges Are Sweet” a deeply moving story about Major Don M. Beerbower and the men who served with him in the “Fighting Cobras” 353rd Fighter Squadron during World War II.

The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. It is located across from Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, 1.5 miles south of Little Falls at 1620 Lindbergh Dr. Call (320) 616-5421 for more information.

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